Learning Partnership Tribute

The Learning Partnership honoured Mr. J.K. Irving, Chairman of J.D. Irving, Limited with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong commitment to the youth of New Brunswick at a Tribute luncheon in Saint John on September 13, 2013.


"It is very gratifying to be recognized in this manner, but in accepting this award I really feel it is a tribute to the many companies, organizations, and individual citizens who have come together to make a difference in the life and future of our children," Mr. Irving said.

Mr. Irving believes that partnerships succeed because of the caring commitment of the people working at the schools.  "Our educators are a very dedicated group who go above and beyond to help their students become the very best they can be, and they deserve our support," Irving said.
Mr. J.K. Irving also received The Learning Partnership Champion of Education award in 2007.

Funds raised at the event support The Learning Partnership programs in New Brunswick, including Welcome to Kindergarten™/ Bienvenue à la Maternelle MC.

Offered across Canada, this early learning program is currently available in every New Brunswick elementary school in both Anglophone and Francophone sectors.  Welcome to Kindergarten™/Bienvenue à la MaternelleMC provides literacy and numeracy strategies and resources to help parents prepare their children for kindergarten and a lifetime of learning.

About The Learning Partnership
Established in 1993, The Learning Partnership is a national charitable organization dedicated to championing a strong public education system in Canada through innovative programs, credible research, policy initiatives, executive leadership, and public engagement.  Since its inception, more than four million students and teachers have participated in one or more of TLP’s programs, including Take Our Kids to Work™, Welcome to Kindergarten™, Change Your Future and Entrepreneurial Adventure.

The Learning Partnership creates, implements, and sustains programs in the public education system that truly make a difference in the lives of students by:
•  Encouraging students to stay in school
•  Helping prepare students for the transition from the classroom to the world of work
•  Providing innovative opportunities for students to enhance literacy and conceptual thinking
•  Promoting careers in science and technology

Through these innovative programs, The Learning Partnership is a vital link that brings together students, teachers, schools, school boards, business, government, and the labour force.

 J.K. Irving, Chairman, J.D. Irving, Limited with local students
J.K. Irving, Chairman, J.D. Irving, Limited with local students