Horse trainer honoured for literacy work

Jeannie Spence helps jockeys, grooms, maintenance workers improve their lives
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/25/2011

Years ago, Jeannie Spence put herself through university as a barrel racer and jockey on the B-circuit track in the British Columbia interior — once even breaking her neck and collarbone after a spill on the track. She went on to become a primary school teacher and thoroughbred trainer.

But Spence has also devoted her days to a different type of teaching at the racetrack — helping jockeys and other behind-the-scenes workers on the backstretch learn to read.

Her dedication was recognized recently by ABC Life Literacy Canada with the 2012 Dr. Alan Middleton Workplace Literacy and Learning award, presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution towards increasing workplace literacy and essential skills in the community.