Hi. I’m Greg Graham, and I have the pleasure of joining the team here at the Western Quebec Literacy Council as the new Executive Director. I thought I’d take this moment to introduce myself and let you know how excited I am to be here. I come from a varied background, professionally in the education sector, but also as a citizen, farmer, and businessman of Western Quebec. I have lived here my whole life and am proud to raise my family here. Like many of you, I’m involved in local governance and community groups, and care deeply about the kind of community in which we all live.
To hold any activity, you need people to participate. A skating party where someone can’t skate isn’t much fun for them – and everybody else loses out a little from their lack of participation. A day at the beach isn’t quite the same if you can’t swim. A dance isn’t much of a dance if one of you can’t keep your feet under you (seriously – ask my wife about me).
We need everybody to participate if we’re going to make our community everything it can be. We need people with reading skills so that they can take advantage of training to help them find a rewarding career. We need people with writing skills so that they can express their opinion in the ‘letters to the editor’. We need people with computer skills to be able to navigate the forms and apps needed to access their government benefits and services online. We need people with numeracy skills to manage their budgets and pay their taxes.
We need everyone able to take part in the dance that is our community. When some are left out, we all lose. We all benefit from literacy programs through how they help our entire community participate in daily life, and I’m proud that I get the privilege of being part of the Western Quebec Literacy Council. I hope that you are able to join us, either as a member, as a tutor, as a student, or as a donor.