Annually the Prairie C.O.W. Bus travels to over 60 communities across Alberta. Visits are short-term, averaging eight hours per community and are great at raising awareness and promoting local programs. They however are not long enough to offer workshops for parents and literacy practitioners or to do presentations to local business and community leaders.
The Centre decided to pilot a new model to address these challenges. Partnering with D.V. Read and Learn in Drayton Valley, a ten-month program was devised that involved the C.O. W. Bus making six visits to their community. D.V. Read and Learn selected specific communities they wished to target for the visits including three mobile home parks.
Hosted by the Centre for Family Literacy in July, the national family literacy conference, Cultivating Connections – A Global Perspective, more than lived up to its name. The knowledge that was shared about family literacy was as diverse as its attendees—with speakers from all over the world, and delegates from Canada, the United States and even Germany.
Dr. Sven Nickel, a professor at Free University of Berlin, along with his two associates, Christina Noack and Aline Wendscheck came from Berlin to take the training and sessions offered at the conference. Dr. Nickel said, “In Germany, the idea of family literacy only recently gained broader attention. So far, approaches to family literacy primarily focused on children…our project is one of the first . . . with an explicit focus on the parents’ literacy learning”.
The Centre for Family Literacy is accepting nominations for the Lois Hole Community Leadership Award that recognizes an outstanding individual, business or group, whose efforts demonstrate an ongoing commitment to family literacy in Alberta.
Eligibility criteria and nomination forms are available on our website at www.famlit.ca. The nomination deadline is Friday, October 29, 2010.
The Conference Board of Canada recently released the report What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You focusing on literacy’s importance to workplace health and safety. The report covers the findings of an online survey completed by employers, labour organizations, individuals in the workforce, and service providers to Aboriginal people and immigrants.
Alison Campbell, author of the report states, “The project’s main objective is to demonstrate the value—including direct and indirect benefits—of investment in literacy with the expected outcome of achieving higher levels of health and safety in the workplace.”
Reading is a gift. You can give it. On September 29 volunteers will take to the streets and trade a special edition of the Edmonton Journal for donations in support of family literacy programs in our community.
The theme of READ IN 2010 is Ready, Set, Read!
Ready… Find a good book, magazine or computer screen.
Set… Choose a comfortable spot and block out any distractions
Read… Enjoy yourself. Have fun. Learn!
Check the READ IN website at www.epl.ca/readin for recommended books for different age groups.
Dollars and $ense (Financial Literacy)
English Language Learners
Schedule: Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Start and Finish Date: Sept 22 to Nov 10
Location: Centre for Family Literacy
This program is for English Language Learner adults who wish to improve their vocabulary around money topics, learn idioms and more.
Schedule: Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30pm
Start and Finish Date: Oct 20 to Dec 8
Location: NorQuest College Main School
This program is for adults who wish to learn about mortgages, loans, accounting on the computer with Excel and more.