We’ve had a busy October at the WQLC, to say the least! We’ve officially moved from our location at 381 HWY 148, Shawville, Qc. We are now located at 106, Front Street, Campbell’s Bay, Qc. We hope you’ll join us for our open house later this fall.
On Satruday, October 21, we had our Annual General Meeting at Café 349 in Shawville Qc where we unveiled our brand new logo.
We also took some time to recognize our valued volunteers. Peter Gauthier has been a Board of Director’s member for the WQLC on two occasions. He served as Secretary from 2011 to 2012 and returned as Treasurer in 2014. He has now stepped down from the Board but continues to volunteer as a tutor. We thank him for his dedication and hard work.
Rick Valin, tutor and Board member, Mary Ann Keyzer, Board member, and Ray Cleary, tutor, were also recognized for their invaluable contributions to the organization.
We also presented Marilee DeLomard, retired Executive Director, with a certificate of appreciation for 24 years of services with the WQLC.
Our guest speaker Martin Riopel, Director of the Jardin Éducatif, presented his organization to the 18 WQLC members present. He spoke of the challenges faced by not-for-profit organizations working in the field of education, bringing to the forefront the necessity of alternative forms of education for the development of healthy communities. Riopel stressed the importance of integrating students that may otherwise be marginalized by teaching them practical life and work skills. He added that community involvement and adequate funding are necessary to keep projects like the Jardin Éducatif alive.
We thank everyone who joined us and hope to see you all again next year!
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LINCs Fall 2017
September 8th marks international Literacy Day, officially created by UNESCO in 1965 to help raise awareness surrounding global literacy challenges. According to UNESCO statistics, 12% of the global population remains illiterate or has a literacy level that is considered non-functional. To be functionally literate individuals need to be able to use their abilities across different platforms to meet the demands of their everyday life. Without a functional literacy level individuals encounter many obstacles and challenges when it comes to employment and personal development. They may find it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as filling out forms, reading prescription medication instructions, or reading signs and labels.
Literacy is the foundation for all lifelong learning. The ability to read and write has a profound effect on the individual, allowing each person to become prepared for a role as an active, aware and economically independent member of society.
In Canada, we face literacy challenges that many people remain unaware of. Approximately 49% of Quebec adults aged 16 to 65 have limited literacy skills. 1 in 6 adults will encounter challenges throughout their lives because of serious difficulties with reading and writing.
The Western Quebec Litracy Council is a community literacy initiative that works to help improve literacy on a one-to-one basis through free, confidential and personalized tutoring. You can get involved with our organization by contacting us or making a donation. Be sure to like our Facebook page and sign up to our Newsletter to stay informed on upcoming activities.