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June 2007

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The Power of Stories
We create and recreate ourselves and our families through stories. We come to understand, know and learn through the stories we tell and the ones to which we listen.”
– Dr. Cynthia Chambers

Family literacy is all about stories – not just the ones we read with children, but also the ones we tell our children. Among Aboriginal peoples, oral storytelling is a way to pass on language, traditions, cultural values and beliefs. The struggle to save their languages is one that Indigenous people all over the world are familiar with.

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One Giant Step for Training
Six years ago the Centre for Family Literacy, in collaboration with practitioners and academics from across the country, developed Foundational Training in Family Literacy. It was the first comprehensive training of its kind in the country that addressed the wide range of knowledge required to work in the area of family literacy.

Since that time training sessions have been delivered across the country, and twice offered in an on-line format. We are now moving this training to the next level through a new project funded by the National Office of Literacy and Learning, HRSDC. We are currently revising the training package, adding new modules and training more trainers.

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Centre Pilots Family Literacy Regional Network
Family Literacy practitioners have expressed the need for ongoing training and program support that can be provided on a regional basis. They have also expressed a need to be able to connect more regularly with others in their region – both family literacy practitioners and partners from related sectors.

To support these needs the Centre is piloting a Family Literacy Regional Network in three areas of Alberta. Three Regional Coordinators have been contracted to provide training and support in each region: Holly Handfield (Northwest), Wendy Peverett (Central) and Shawna Johnston (Southeast). Each coordinator will provide regional training and support to projects and communities in their region. In addition, the Aboriginal Family Literacy Coordinator, Colleen Crozier, will work closely with the regions to provide on-going support to Aboriginal programs in Alberta.

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Supporting Literacy
Our adult program is built on the tireless efforts of over 150 volunteer tutors. Tutors meet each week with their students, striving to help them achieve greater heights in their literacy skills. Our volunteers have the chance to see first hand the difference a tutor can make in a student’s life.

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Making a Diference
Philanthropy is one of those multi-syllabic words that often leaves us tongue-tied when we try to say it. But Canadians are certainly not averse to practicing the word in their daily lives.

Results from the 2004 Canada Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating conducted by Statistics Canada found that over 22 million Canadians donated more that $8.9 billion to charitable and nonprofit organizations. And 11.8 million Canadians volunteered their time contributing almost 2 billion volunteer hours to organizations.

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Donating to Charities gets a Boost from Alberta Government
In an effort to encourage Albertans to give more to registered charities, the Alberta Government increased the tax credit in its April budget. Donations over $200 will be eligible for a credit of 21 percent. When combined with the federal credit, Albertans will receive 50 cents in tax credits for every dollar donated over the $200 threshold.

Staff Picks for the Summer
Babies to preschoolers
The Going to Bed Book – Sandra Boynton, board book
But Not the Hippopotamus – Sandra Boynton, board book

Ages 3 -8
Stanley’s Party – Linda Bailey
My Little Sister Ate One Hare – Bill Grossman
Edward the Emu – Sheena Knowles

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Mark Your Calendar
Sunday, August 26 - Friday, August 31
– Family Literacy Training Institute – Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton

Saturday, September 8
– International Literacy Day

Wednesday, September 12
– Dave Hancock Charity Golf Classic, Edmonton Petroleum Club

Wednesday, October 3
– Raise a Reader Day