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Managing your money… a life skill.

May 28th, 2013

When we think about literacy, few of us think about money.  However, how we manage our money is in fact one component of literacy.  How we manage (or don’t manage) our money directly impacts our quality of life.  In the literacy world, it’s called: financial literacy.

Financial literacy is knowing how to manage our money to meet our personal and family goals.  Money management is something that few families discuss.  Our parent’s don’t teach us and it’s only recently become a topic in our schools.

So, if we haven’t learned about how to manage money at home or at school, where have we learned?  Most of us learn about money through trial and error, experience, and watching what others do.

Across the country there are organizations that are working to improve our money management knowledge.   Organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy, Practical Money Skills – Canada, and the Task Force on Financial Literacy are exploring how we handle our money with research, programs and services, and online tools.

Locally in British Columbia a number of programs and services are offered.  Whether looking for help for yourself or a friend,  check out these programs and services as a starting point:

Locally, the Literacy Committee is partnering with non profit organizations, and the above noted agencies, to strengthen local financial literacy.  Learn more about how partnering with us works by reading this Invitation to Partner on Financial Literacy 2013.  Want to know what our Financial Service Partners offer, read Financial Services Description 2013.

Interested in hosting a Financial Literacy workshop for your clients or the public, contact Angie McLeod.

 

 

Wine helps literacy… honest!

April 18th, 2013

So, here’s the thread of logic:

*Our drop-in literacy resource centre, Learning Room, is located within the CEED Centre.

**The CEED Centre is holding a fundraiser Cheers to the Planet! a celebration of organic, local and sustainably produced wine, beer and food.

***Cheers to the Planet! is held on Saturday April 27 from 6pm to 9pm at Meadowridge School which will be transformed into an elegant setting in which you can wander from display to display sampling some of the best local food, beers, and wine.   The $45 ticket includes food, drink, live music, and great silent-auction shopping.  No tax and no tipping – a great deal and wonderful event.

****You can help the CEED Centre AND the Literacy Committee by buying your ticket from Angie, Elaine or Shanti, because $5 from every ticket we sell will go toward supporting the Community Literacy Committee.

Therefore wine  helps … literacy!

Contact us for your tickets:

Please help us spread the word and tell your friends about this great opportunity to support local food/beer/wine producers, the CEED Centre and of course literacy….all with a glass of wine in your hand.

Check out the facebook page: Cheers To The Planet

 

What makes for a perfect afternoon?

April 9th, 2013

recycle poster outlineGetting a new book at a book swap and cuddling up on some comfy cushions to read stories together.

For centuries stories have been used to pass on the traditions and values that families and society consider to be valuable.  Stories – whether told to individuals or groups – form the basis of much of our communication with each other; stories build links, identify common threads, and help us share experiences.  Stories influence our lives.  Good stories engage us and keep us spellbound for hours.

Join the Maple Ridge Public Library and the Literacy Committee on Earth Day – April 20th from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Storytelling Tent at Earth Day.  Help the planet out, bring a book, and exchange it for a new-to-you book the Community Literacy table.   New reading material is just an exchange away.  Or, settle into a comfy cushion and listen to a story being read aloud by Randy Kamp at 11:30 AM, Marc Dalton at 12 PM, and Ernie Daykin at 1 PM as part of the Maple Ridge Library’s celebration of Earth Day.

For more information about the Storytelling Tent activities, contact Sarah from FVRL at (604) 467-7417 or Angie from the Community Literacy at 604. 476.2447.    To learn more about the schedule of storytelling sessions, visit www.communityliteracy.ca.

15 Minutes of Fun!

January 16th, 2013

January is family literacy month.  It’s a time to celebrate and embrace all types of learning – formal and informal.  We all like to do things that are fun; we like to play games, do arts and crafts, sing and perform, or share our stories.  Each creates an opportunity for learning to happen.

Here are some quick and fun 15 minute activities.  Try something new.  Be creative.  Most of all, have fun!

  1. Create your own comic strip about your family.
  2. Invent two new endings to your favourite book.
  3. Make up a new recipe together and post it online.
  4. Explore another city from the comfort of your home by going online.  What’s exciting?
  5. Tell knock-knock jokes together while doing the dishes.
  6. Sing five songs really, really loud!
  7. Make up a family theme song using everyone’s names and favourite activities.
  8. Invent a new game while playing at the park.
  9. Read a story to your pet (or favourite toy).
  10. Create your own story populated by friends and family.  Share it with them.
  11. Make a paper fortune teller with eight fortunes.
  12. Write a silly poem and tell it to your family at dinner.
  13. Log on to your favourite word game – can you beat your best score?
  14. Create your family tree.
  15. Play rhyming “I Spy” – “I spy something that rhymes with…”
  16. Play a board or card game together.
  17. Text your friend and tell them about your holiday.
  18. Learn how to knit or crochet.
  19. Paint or draw a picture of what you see outside your window.
  20. Find 20 things that begin with the letter “S”.

Still looking for some new fun ideas of how you can learn together, check out our Family Literacy page or visit us at one of the Family Literacy Day events.

 

 

 

15 Minutes a day… that’s all it takes!

January 3rd, 2013

According to ABC Life Literacy, just “15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically.”   The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee is partnering with our local libraries to explore activities that parents can do with their children to improve a child’s literacy skills.

Many of these activities can be done while driving to and from activities, some don’t look or feel like literacy activities at all, and some are down right fun.  It’s just a matter of figuring out what works for your family and we can help with that…

Join us to explore Family Literacy at either or both of our two exciting, fun-filled FREE family events:

Sharing our Stories Open House, Pitt Meadows Public Library

Saturday January 19, 2013 from 11 AM to 3 PM

Join us to explore how stories have influenced our lives and shaped the lives that we lead at this fun filled family event.  Take part in a traditional Katzie welcome prayer, listen raptly during story time, or visit one of the fun interactive activity stations designed to entertain children of all ages.

This FREE Open House has something for everyone – children, youth, adults, and seniors. Refreshments and snacks provided between 11 AM – 1 PM.  Come share your story, and hear those of local residents!

Family Literacy Fair, Maple Ridge Public Library

Saturday January 26, 2013 from 2 PM to 4 PM

Test your skills at the interactive Amazing Literacy Race stations, listen to Paula Justis bring stories to life, join in a drumming circle Boris Sichon, take a bread in the teen lit cafe, or take part in one of the many other fun filled activities during our Family Literacy Fair.   Prizes to be won!  Get your passport stamped as you travel around the stations to be eligible to win great prizes including a Kobo E Reader and gift certificates for books.

 

For more information call 604.721.3738 or email: coordinator[at]communityliteracy.ca

 

PAJAMA TALES: Family Storytelling with Saskatchewan Storyteller Kevin MacKenzie January 4!

December 20th, 2011

Put on your pj’s and bring your favourite stuffed animal to a storytelling party for all ages.  Saskatchewan storyteller Kevin MacKenzie will be telling stories and fingerplays that will tickle your funny bone at a free public event on Wednesday January 4 in the lobby of The ACT 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge.

Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services, the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee, and the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council are joining forces to host this storytelling event to promote literacy.  What does storytelling have to do with literacy?

“Literacy is more than just reading, writing and arithmetic,” says Jessie Hill, Co-Chair of the Literacy Committee.  “It also includes social and personal communication and the arts, so storytelling fits in perfectly with literacy.”

MacKenzie, who refers to himself as the grandfather of silliness, gives active and interactive performances with lots of opportunity for kids to jump around.

“We are so lucky to have Kevin here,” said Lynn Malbeuf, Child Care Resource & Referral Program Assistant with Community Services.  “It will be fun for the whole family as Kevin is a very entertaining performer.”

Kevin MacKenzie is a self-described big kid who has travelled to 7 countries telling stories to children of all ages.  His DVD Fingersplay! was given a place on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s “Our Choice” list.  He used to teach preschool in Vancouver, but decided to go live with gophers in Saskatchewan.

As a lead up to Family Literacy Day on January 27th, the Literacy Committee and its community partners are hosting a series of free public events exploring the various aspects of literacy.  Week one will be the storytelling presentation by Kevin MacKenzie, week two will be a workshop on remembering and recording your family history, and week three will explore financial skills.  The final event, on January 27, brings the Literacy Committee together with the Maple Ridge Public Library for Family Literacy Day in a family oriented carnival event that includes a fun surprise.  Join us throughout January to find out more about literacy, learn new skills, and have fun!

For more information on all the workshops and on Family Literacy Day visit www.communityliteracy.ca.  For more information about the storytelling workshop or to register contact the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Coordinator at coordinator@communityliteracy.ca or 604.466.8254.

Literacy Committee is Making Connections in Port Haney

November 17th, 2011

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. November 11, 2011

Shannon Alke is ready to give back. Alke is the latest recruit to sign on to train to become an adult literacy tutor with the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee (CLC).

“I struggled with learning challenges growing up, but went on to graduate from high school and continued on to take several general studies courses in college and obtained a certificate as a community mental health worker. I had a learning difficulty pertaining to math and physical co-ordination and I know how hard some people have to work to learn,” said Alke recently. “I am looking forward to the training. It may be a challenge as I do not have teaching experience, but I am ready.”

“I think Shannon will be a great tutor. She is compassionate, friendly, understanding and tolerant. She has all the qualities we are looking for,” remarked Elaine Yamamoto, Literacy Outreach Facilitator for the CLC.

Alke has also been a dedicated volunteer at the CEED Centre in Port Haney for the past two years working as the volunteer coordinator for GETI fest and starting up the Gardening for Mental Health program. She found out about the free tutor training after the Community Literacy Committee opened its doors to the Learning Room in an office at the Centre last week.

“It is great to be able to connect with such dedicated volunteers,” said Yamamoto. “There is currently a dearth of programs in our communities for the adult learners who would like to raise their level of literacy, so we are pleased to be able to offer our first round of tutor training. Having trained tutors will enable us to offer free one-to-one tutoring for adults looking to improve their reading levels. Our first training session will begin on Saturday November 26th and I still have a few places open.”

The free Volunteer Tutor Training Program was designed by Louise Baumbrough, a BC Certified teacher specializing in teaching students with learning challenges.  Modelled after the Douglas College ICARE program, volunteers will receive 33 hours of free training at the Riverside Adult Education Centre and ongoing support as they work with an adult learner over the following year.

The bright yellow walls of the drop-in office provide a welcoming space where anyone can come for help with literacy issues. The CLC Learning Room offers a small lending library, reading and writing assistance, a Women’s English Group and access to free learning software on computers provided by the CEED Centre. “It is better than I could have hoped. This week alone, I have connected with two volunteers interested in our tutor training and two potential learners, one who came seeking assistance with a plethora of government forms,” said Yamamoto.

The CEED Centre is also host to a federally-funded Computer Access Program (CAP) site where people can come for free use of computers and the internet. There are also weekly Community Discussion meetings and a Saturday evening Community Dinner run by volunteers of St George’s Anglican Church.

Christian Cowley, the CEED Centre’s Executive Director (and Yamamoto’s husband) said he saw the Literacy Committee office as a perfect fit for the Centre which draws a diverse population that can connect to the Literacy Committee as volunteers or learners.

Anyone wanting more information on the Literacy programs can contact Elaine Yamamoto at 604 306-0627 or check out the website communityliteracy.ca.

NEW Women’s English Group

November 1st, 2011

The Community Literacy Group is pleased to tell  you that we have a start date for our Women’s ESL group. Our volunteer Nirmala Jacob is TESL trained and is hoping to be able to focus on women who have little or no English skills.

This is a great opportunity for women who wish to improve their English skills to meet other women from around the world over a cup of coffee or tea.  Join us on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 AM to improve your English language skills and make new friends in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Our first gathering will be November 8th at the Learning Room @the CEED Centre in Port Haney (see Women’s English Group Poster (final) for additional information).

For more information contact the Literacy Outreach Coordinator at 604 466 6275 or via email at facilitator@communityliteracy.ca.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

2011 Community & District Literacy Plan Unveiled

June 13th, 2011

June 8th, 2011. Maple Ridge BC.

A short presentation by Jessie Hill, Co-Chair of the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie Community Literacy Committee unveiled the 2011 Community and District Literacy Plan.  “This plan outlines where we’ve been and where we are going” notes Hill.  “It’s been an exciting year for our committee.  We spent the last 12 months re-evaluating the Committee’s role and re-aligning the work we are doing with our vision & mission.  We’ve hired three new Literacy Outreach Workers to help us promote the literacy agenda in the community.”

The Community and District Literacy Plan is a visual reminder of how far the Task Group has come.  It reflects the re-organization and re-vitalization process that the Committee has worked through and celebrates with a clean, new logo and brand.

“Our Literacy Plan not only looks good.  It’s also written in the plain language making it easy for community to read.  This year’s Literacy Plan was designed to be a marketing tool… we want everyone to read it and to learn more about the state of literacy in our communities” comments Hill.

In March 2007, the British Columbia government introduced legislation recognizing the equally significant role that Boards of Education and community organizations play in educating people of all ages.  This legislation required Boards of Education to work with community partners in creating and implementing District Literacy Plans to promote literacy.

While the School District is ultimately responsible for submitting the District Literacy Plan, the compilation of plan involved representatives from a wide range of stakeholder groups.  These included: Fraser Valley Regional Library, Douglas College, Bowman Employment, Corrections BC, SD42, Maple Ridge Historical Society, District of Maple Ridge, Fraser Health, Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, Katzie First Nations, and passionate community members.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) requires District Literacy Plans to be:

  • inclusive of education from early learning through adult learning;
  • collaborative; and,
  • prepared and published annually by July 15th.

Read this year’s Community and District Literacy Plan click here: CDLP 2011

Need more information, contact a Literacy Outreach Worker.

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