According to a comprehensive study by Statistics Canada over 40 per cent of Canadian adults do not have strong literacy skills.
This fall the Calgary Public Library’s adult literacy program, Reading Advantage, celebrates its ten year anniversary. Since the program’s inception, volunteers have helped hundreds of Calgarians improve their literacy skills.
Reading Advantage Volunteer Award winner (2009), Danielle, and her learner, Trevor, share the benefits of the program from both the volunteer and the learner perspective:
Trevor and I have been meeting for 5 years. We meet every Saturday at the library and work through various topics of interest. We both feel that the Reading Advantage Program has given us opportunities to grow. Trevor feels like he has enhanced his skills with computers, job searches and reading capabilities. I feel like this program has given me a new perspective of different learners and their needs. As an elementary school teacher, I am grateful to be able to work with a learner with differing needs and I believe this opportunity has improved my teaching skills. We both have a level of trust for one another and look forward to our meetings each week.
If you are interested in learning more about the Reading Advantage program, please contact Emily Robinson Leclair by telephone (403) 260-2729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.