It just seems like yesterday, but it was 10 years ago this coming January, on Family Literacy Day, that the Centre for Family Literacy was officially launched with our patron, the Honourable Lois Hole, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Along with more than 150 guests, Mrs. Hole and Minister of Justice Dave Hancock were treated to a demonstration of our Rhymes that Bind program by young moms and their babies from the Terra Association.
The Centre’s history goes much further back than 2001. We began as an organization called Prospects Literacy Association in 1980. Prospects delivered the first volunteer adult tutor program in Alberta. In addition to this program, Prospects supported the development of training for literacy practitioners and helped to set up a provincial development organization, Literacy Coordinators of Alberta.
In September 2000 a big yellow school bus painted to look like a cow began to visit neighbourhoods in Edmonton on a weekly basis. The C.O.W. (Classroom on Wheels) Bus was a Success by 6®initiative with the Centre delivering the program.
The C.O.W. bus is a bookmobile that offers an opportunity for families with little resources to borrow books for free. Informal book sharing, story telling, singing and modeling of literacy strategies provide parents with the knowledge they need to support their children’s learning. According to Dr. Ruth Hayden, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta: “This is a striking example of how impressive outcomes result from a simple concept.”
Leading with Literacy Breakfast
Pursue Your Dreams...
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Time: 7 – 9 a.m.
Place: Westin Hotel,
Councillor Don Iveson
The Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards will be presented at the breakfast
Purchase tickets online at www.leadingwithliteracy.eventbrite.com
Consistent and reliable assessment tools and measures of learner progress are important to adult literacy programs. “Establishing Alberta Adult Literacy Benchmarks”, a multi-year project funded by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, was created in 2010 based on the key Priority Actions of the Government of Alberta plan for foundational learning called “Living Literacy: A Literacy Framework for Alberta’s Next Generation Economy”. The Centre for Family Literacy is on the Advisory Committee, led by Bow Valley College, along with the Community Learning Network, Literacy Alberta, Northern Lakes College, Advanced Education and Technology, and Employment and Immigration.
You can help make a difference in the lives of Alberta families by supporting the Centre for Family Literacy.
There are several ways to give including a one-time donation or a monthly donation. Your donation can be done online through CanadaHelps at www.canadahelps.org.