Take a Virtual Vacation

Have you heard of a virtual vacation? Explore the world without leaving your living room!

 1) Pick a place you’d like to visit.

2) Google and take turns reading aloud about it.

3) What is unique or most interesting about this place?

4) Discuss any specific region of that place that is interesting and why?

5)  Do a YouTube or video search about that region. Watch and imagine you are there.

6) Discuss your experience afterwards.

Here’s another great way to go on a virtual exploration!

1.) If you can’t think of a place, think of something you would like to see or do and google that. Example (howler monkeys, volcanoes, rain-forests, world’s best skiing, kayaking through mangroves, looking at or swimming in waterfalls…what is the coolest thing that you can think of?).

2) Do an internet search to find out more about those things.

3)  Take turns reading aloud about it.

4) Talk about what you find interesting or exciting.

5) Do a Youtube or video search about it. Watch and imagine you are there.

6) Discuss your experience afterwards.

-Virtual: Roller coaster/rafting/safari/museums/zoos/

Virtual Vacation Links

Here are some virtual vacation links to check out with your family! Have fun and don’t forget to pack a picnic!


Nagano, Japan 

Costa Rica

Contest: Family Literacy Passport

It’s time for WQLC’s annual Family Literacy Contest! We were inspired by ABC Life Literacy’s Family Literacy campaign and decided to explore the theme of travel.

We might not be able to pack our bags and travel anywhere further than our backyards, but we can use our imaginations, books and the internet to go on all sorts of adventures!

The contest is open to families living in the Outaouais. To play, simply complete the activities on this Family Literacy Passport and check them off. Then submit your passport by email before January 31st, 2021 to outreach@wqlc.org or send it as a message to our Facebook page.

Print this form and check off the activities you complete with your family. You can also use a touch screen to check off the activities digitally.

The winners of our contest will receive a backpack full of travel goodies and literacy essentials!

Seeking Part-time Reading Buddy Program Coordinator

The Western Quebec Literacy Council is seeking a part-time Program Coordinator for a community based literacy promotion program. The Program Coordinator will be working closely with the Executive Director to plan, implement, and evaluate this two-year project. The Program Coordinator will work independently and with a team of staff and volunteers to provide family literacy supports and implement a reading program for English-speaking elementary school students in the MRC Pontiac. The ideal candidate will be personable, responsible, detail-oriented and have the capacity to take on a variety of different tasks ranging from content and resource creation to volunteer management. 

Salary: $18-$20/hr

Schedule: 14 hrs/week, flexible schedule, occasional weekends and evenings

Click here to access the full job description:

Computer Skills Survey

The Western Quebec Literacy Council is conducting a survey to help us determine the computer skill levels of seniors and/or people who would describe themselves as having below average basic computer skills. This survey will help us assess our community’s needs and help us create content for future digital literacy programs.

We are collecting data from English-speaking residents of the Outaouais territory.

Participants will have their name entered into a draw for a chance to win one of two $50 Indigo gift cards!!

Survey deadline: December 19, 2020 at 12:00 am.

Click this link to access the survey: http://wqlc.org/computer-skills-survey/

We’re Hiring!

Communications Coordinator

Who we are:

The Western Quebec Literacy Council is a non-profit, volunteer-based, organization that provides literacy services to the English-speaking Outaouais population. For 35 years we have been recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, numeracy, and computer skills.

The Position:

The WQ Literacy Council is seeking a part-time Communications Coordinator to develop and implement initiatives that will increase our organization’s visibility within the Outaouais. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for the development and execution of a promotional campaign whose primary focus will be to increase community awareness and recruit volunteer tutors.

The ideal candidate will:

Possess knowledge of non-profit fundraising or outreach activities; Post-secondary degree in communications, marketing, business, or related fields; Possess strong knowledge of social media and other basic marketing platforms.


Develop and execute strategies for recruiting adult learners and volunteers; develop a promotional campaign to increase community awareness; create content for the website and social media platforms; develop relationships in the community with other non-profit organizations and partners; develop a communication plan; other tasks deemed necessary as designated by the Executive Director.  

Required Skills and Qualities

Strong written skills in English; ability to work independently and with a team of professionals; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; strong organizational and time management skills; proficient computer skills (including graphics and multimedia); French spoken and written is an asset

Location: Outaouais

Type of employment: Part time contract based on 16 hours a week from December 2020 to March 2021.

$18 -$20/hour based on experience and qualifications

DEADLINE: Please submit your resume to info@wqlc.org before December 01, 2020.

Essential Skills Day

The Government of Canada identifies 9 essential skills necessary for learning, working and everyday life. These skills include reading, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, thinking, computer use, and continuous learning. The WQLC continues to offer free lessons in reading, writing and numeracy. We are now also offering computer lessons to Outaouais residents who would like to upgrade their digital literacy.

Computer use skills:
· Use different forms of technology
· Use word processing software
· Send and receive emails
· Create and modify spreadsheets
· Navigate the internet
Fast changing technology can make digital literacy feel overwhelming. We can help.

If you need help in any of these areas, we can help! Whether you are a literacy learner, a tutor or a member of the community we’re ready to help you learn more about this essential skill that is becoming increasingly important. Read on for information about our Connect 2 Learn program! 

Visit ABC Life Literacy for more information on digital literacy

Family Literacy Bingo


Here’s your chance to win cool prizes from the WQLC!

To play, complete as many of the activities featured on our Family Literacy Bingo card as you can before January 30th. When your family completes a line (vertical, diagonal, or horizontal) your name is entered into the draw for cool literacy inspired prizes (Up to 5 entries per family permitted)!

Write the student’s name and the school name at the top of the form. Mark the squares representing the activities that your family has completed.  Then enter the contest by one of the following methods:

A) Post a picture of your Bingo card to our Facebook page before January 30, 2020. (www.facebook.com/wqliteracy)

B) Return the completed card (this form) to your school.

C) Email a picture of your card to outreach@wqlc.org

The winning family will be announced on February 14, 2020.

**Only one name can be entered per family, maximum 5 entries.

**Contest open to residents of Western Quebec (Outaouais, Quebec, Canada).