Learning is for life!

Posted:15 February 2017

Author: Shaba Qureshi, Community Learning Network

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As expected in any new position there is always a lot to learn. You have to learn about the organization, learn your duties, learn the history, and of course learn about your new coworkers. And in some places, like CLN, you really have to learn the acronyms fast so you know what everyone is talking about around you!

Having just started in November as Program Support at CLN, there was a lot for me to learn. I didn’t come from a CALP background, although I had been a volunteer tutor a few years ago, so I had a lot of information to absorb. It also helps that I strongly believe in the importance of literacy and that learning is for life so the information was interesting for me. I have been lucky to have great teachers, so it has been a fun learning experience, but almost four months into the position the learning never stops.

Of course in the beginning I started with more formal training, where my patient office mate Odette trained me on the Portal, Database and Sumac, and the knowledgeable Lisa had the pleasure of teaching me about the different aspects of CLN and the CALPs and so much more. The rest of the team were most welcoming and have also helped me gain insight on various aspects of the CLN world.

But I feel every week, if not every day, I am learning more and more, and as Odette can attest to, I do ask a lot of questions. Which I think is necessary as a learner. I often come across information I do not know about, or do not understand and I will ask her about it, and she is always so gracious to stop what she is doing and explain things to me. Just last week I mentioned to her that I feel that I am always learning something new in this job – and I love it!

No matter who we are, or what capacity we work in I think we are all always learning something new, whether it be something specific to our jobs, or about the person who sits next to us or about something in the community around us.

I would like to share one of my favourite quotes by Henry Ford, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

Learning is for life!

-Shaba Qureshi
Program Support, CLN

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