The annual Literacy and Learning Awards Banquet was held on Thursday, September 26th in conjunction with the 2019 Symposium at the DoubleTree by Hilton in West Edmonton. This was a fabulous evening to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments in community-based literacy and learning in Alberta.
The Honourable Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Alberta Advanced Education was in attendance to present the prestigious Council of the Federation Literacy Award to the Project Adult Literacy Society (P.A.L.S.). Monica Das accepted the award.
P.A.L.S. supports adult learners in the foundational learning areas of reading and writing, math, English language, and digital learning opportunities. The impact of their work is far-reaching as they empower students to improve daily living, build social support networks, and reach further learning and employment.
Left to right: Monica Das and The Honourable Demetrios Nicolaides
The CLN Board of Directors also presented two "Outstanding Contribution to Community Adult Learning" Awards this year.
Jana Thomson, Program Coordinator with Rocky Learning Centre was recognized for putting her "all" into everything she does. She designs new programs for community families, she creates connections and relationships, and she believes that literacy programs for adults and families improve her community.
Left to right: Jana Thomson and Mona Crocker, Exectuive Director of Rocky Learning Centre
Roberta Rogers, Chair of the Brooks Community Adult Learning Council Board was recognized for her outstanding commitment and contributions to the community. She has personally impacted the lives of students, clients and co-workers with her commitment to adult learning and promoting lifelong learning in the city of Brooks. Roberta is also a true advocate of bringing mental health concerns and discussions to the forefront, being the prime organizer of the Rural Mental Health Conference held in Brooks.
Unfortunately, Roberta was unable to attend the banquet, but we are so happy she was recognized at the Banquet.
The Centre for Family Literacy also presented the Ruth Hayden Family Literacy Practitioner Award to Kimberly Cairns, Adult and Family Literacy Program Manager with the Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning, for the compelling work she does in her community.
Left to right: Kimberly Cairns and Kim Chung from Centre for Family Literacy
The awards portion of the evening is always inspirational, but hearing an adult learner speak is always so motivational and emotional. This year we had so many amazing submissions that we had 2 adult learner speakers at the Symposium. Eddy Piche from P.A.L.S. spoke at the Opening Ceremonies and Riley Neal from Medicine Hat College, ABLE program spoke at the Banquet.
Congratulations to all of the award winners and speakers, and thank you for all that you do in your communities. We look forward to celebrating with you all next year!
CLN's 2018-19 Annual Report
At the CLN AGM this year at the Literacy and Learning Symposium 2019 we launched our 2018-19 annual report. It was another year full of trainings, and PD and we are excited to share with you all of our accomplishments and activities.
Click on the image above to view the CLN Annual Report poster.
In addition to showcasing our Annual Report poster, 17 posters and banners were shared by CALPs from around the province. The People's Choice Award for best poster was voted on by Symposium attendees and the winner was Carya.
Left to right: Bodil Masterson and Corinne Zimmerman
Symposium 2019 Overall Evaluation
We can't extend enough of our appreciation to all of you who attended, presented, facilitated and helped plan another amazing Symposium this year. We hope that all of you enjoyed the week and took from it as much as we did.
Also, thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the overall event evaluation on the app or by filling out the blue evaluation form before you headed home. We'd still like to invite any other feedback you may have to inform our planning.
If you did not have the time or opportunity to complete the overall evaluation form, please CLICK HERE to fill out the fillable PDF form. You can complete the form and return it to the CLN by fax at 1-877-326-8126, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can still access the evaluation on the Symposium2019 app.
Please return completed evaluation forms to the CLN by Friday, October 18th.
Of course, you are always welcome to contact any CLN staff directly if you would like to provide more detailed thoughts on the event, or suggestions for future events.
We look forward to seeing you all again in Edmonton next September!
Strengthening Literacy Practices
CLN is inviting CALP staff, facilitators and instructors who work directly with adult literacy learners to be part of a collaborative learning project focused on building practitioner skills in delivering adult literacy programming. This project is supported by CLN’s PD Development grant funding from Alberta Advanced Education. The overall objective of the project is to build capacity within CALP-funded organizations to provide relevant and practical literacy instruction to English-speaking adult learners.
We are excited about offering this unique learning opportunity to CALPs this year. We’ve heard your requests for more training to help you support literacy learning in your programs and are working towards providing short term and long term training opportunities.