Giving Voice: Your Literacy News March 2023

48% of adult Canadians have literacy skills below a high school level.

By becoming more informed about literacy, you are helping empower adults so they can have a more successful future, personally and professionally.

Your Impact

Jordan’s journey began when he struggled with adult education classes. Fortunately, he joined Literacy Unlimited’s free one-on-one English literacy tutoring program. His tutor helped develop a plan for Jordan based on his needs and desired outcome, which helped him develop the skills needed to build his CV and ace job interviews. All his efforts paid off – five years later, Jordan is still working at the same place! His progress has been remarkable, but seeing how improved literacy boosted his self-confidence was even more rewarding.

Thanks to your support, Literacy Unlimited helps other adults like Jordan become contributing members of our community by putting into practice what they learn here!

To learn more about adult literacy, click on the following topics.

Did You Know?

Since 2002, the Quebec government has recognized the challenges of adult learners with Adult Learners’ Week, celebrated next month from April 3-7.

Adult learners require tremendous dedication and perseverance while balancing work and personal life. The theme of this year is “Stick with it,” recognizing the incredible dedication that learners exhibit during their journey towards improved literacy. Join us as we congratulate our learners and all adults working on improving their skills, whether it is a work or personal skill.

Unlimited Seniors Club

This new program offers seniors unlimited opportunities and possibilities, whether it be for socializing, learning, or participating in activities.

April Events:

April 4: Tech Help 55+
April 14: Power Snacks 55+
April 18: Social Teatime 55+
April 25: Chair Exercises 55+

To learn more and register, click HERE.

Faces of Literacy Unlimited

Welcome Josephine E. Sciortino, one of two new members of the Literacy Unlimited Board of Directors.

Josephine works as Editorial Director at Canadian Science Publishing. She also teaches a class at The George Washington University in the Publishing department. She is a proud volunteer at the Pointe-Claire Library with the Friends of the Library.

You can follow her social media at LinkedIn and Twitter.

Welcome also to Margot (Maggie) McCulloch, the second new member of our Board of Directors.

Margot (Maggie) McCulloch is a recently retired Resource teacher/coordinator from St. Thomas High School. Working with many types of learners has helped her understand that we are all unique individuals and no matter what one’s ability, benefit from a helping hand.

Looking for Learners

Do you know someone who might have low literacy and could use our services?

They may pass on jobs that require reading or writing. They may avoid training courses because they might be asked to do something alone.

Literacy Unlimited tutors will help them build the reading and writing skills they need for work, for school, and for life.

Tutoring Tip of the Month

Make it relevant. Adult learners have life experience that makes teaching them different than teaching children. Relate learning activities to real life examples and personal challenges. Encourage your learners to bring relevant materials to their tutoring session.

(And this is just as true teaching someone in the workforce!)

Upcoming Events

Recent Literacy Unlimited News

Our first Community Reads! small scale library was launched in October 2022. We partnered with Volunteer West Island to build the library in their facility. Thanks to the generosity of a corporate sponsor, we were able to create an engaging space for promoting literacy, lifelong learning, and access to books if there aren’t many at home. The books and resources are free and available in a familiar location. The Gazette, West Island News and CBC covered the official opening. Read more.

#LaceUpForLiteracy and join the Literacy Unlimited team for an in-person or virtual walk as we raise funds for literacy in Quebec. The in-person event will be held April 22 and the virtual race can be run (walk or crawl) any time up to May 31st. Read more.

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