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Volunteer Information Session

September 4th, 2013

Monday September 16th  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Room 1073 Riverside Centre, 20575 Thorne Avenue

 

Find out how you can help support literacy in our community.  The Literacy Committee needs volunteers for a variety of positions.  Some of our volunteers help out on a regular basis, others only when they have time.

 

Here are a few examples of what our volunteers might do:  work with adult learners (next free training session starts September 23rd), help out at events, join our Committee, or prepare our newsletter.

 

Come to this information session to learn more about the Literacy Committee and our many volunteer opportunities.  Please RSVP to 604 721-3738.

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

Literacy Volunteers Needed.

June 13th, 2011

Volunteers Needed!

Reading Racers 2011 – Grade 1 & 2

School District No. 42 (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows) is once again offering a literacy summer program for grade one and two students.  The program focuses on reading instruction with an emphasis on small group teaching in a fun and motivating atmosphere.  The program is designed so that children should really enjoy their experience and not feel as if it is just an extension of the school year.  We are looking for high school and adult volunteers to help work with these students. The responsibilities would include listening to students read, playing word games with small groups of students, managing home reading programs, and assisting with the supervision of students at recess on the playground.

Locations: Alexander Robinson Elementary and Pitt Meadows Elementary

Dates: July 4th – 28, 2011 (Monday through Thursday)

Time:              8:00am – 12:00pm (consistent half day shifts are available)

To volunteer please download, complete and return the following forms:

For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Anne Hibbeln

604-463-4200

Anne_Hibbeln@sd42.ca

Decoda Literacy Solutions

June 13th, 2011

Supporting BC’s Literacy Communities

“Literacy is a key strategy to help solve fundamental societal issues and economic challenges”

June 12, 2011. Maple Ridge, BC.

Earlier this month, Decoda Literacy Solutions, B.C.’s new provincial literacy organization, was launched to a jam packed crowd of supporters, team members and volunteers from across the province during a sponsored reception at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Decoda brings together the work, experience and expertise of two previous literacy organizations. One is Literacy BC, which for two decades has been a key contact point for literacy stakeholders all across the province by offering training, tools and support to those who work in adult literacy. The other is the literacy department of 2010 Legacies Now, which was a not-for-profit organization that successfully leveraged the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to create social legacies in communities throughout British Columbia, including Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Katzie.

“Because literacy affects virtually all parts of our daily lives – from filling a prescription, to going to the bank, training to do a job or knowing how to keep your family safe – it can be argued that it is the single most important key to our social and economic success,” said Brenda Le Clair, CEO of Decoda. “That’s why our goal is to take literacy to the next level in B.C. by expanding our partner base and finding the kind of sustainable funding and support that will allow literacy to move forward.”

To read more about this exciting new development on the Literacy front, check out: www.decoda.ca or contact a Literacy Outreach Worker.

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