Stories & Poems

Terry Affleck

Learning to Read Later in LifeMy name is Terry Affleck and I learned to read at the age of 63 and today at 65 I am enrolled at Holland College to prepare for my GED.I started school in a “one room” classroom which was very common in small rural communities in the 50s....

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Sylvia Vicq Tutor Award Winner-Ivanoe Cubillos

When Ivanoe came to Canada from Chile, she knew very little English. She was a teacher in her home country, and wanted to do her best for herself and her family. When she arrived, a single mother of two, she was hungry to learn this new language. She started by...

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Athena Lives Here: Giving Back Through Volunteering

Shared with permission from the author, originally published online by BPW Saskatoon. Did you know that in 2013, nearly half (44%) of Canadians volunteered? The total number of hours given was almost 2 billion! I can’t even begin to put a dollar figure on how much...

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The Power of Words – Gordon Barnhart

Words are power, and to see someone who has always struggled with words learn how to read is the most powerful experience. I should know. I feel that power every single day. My name is Gordon Barnhart, and I am president of the University of Saskatchewan. Words...

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Joy Newhook

Joy Newhook Adult Learner Award Winner: Newfoundland and Labrador 2016 What are your goals (examples: help children with reading and writing, go to college, get a job, etc.)? My main goal in life is to make my life better and to help my daughters get a better life. I...

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PGI Canada Learner Award Winner 2016: CanLearn Society

PGI Canada Learner Award Winner 2016: CanLearn Society Nguissaly Sylla (Sally) is a learner who demonstrates how improving foundational skills can change your life. Sally came from Senegal in 2009. When Sally arrived she did not speak any English, making it hard to...

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Laura Beaton – Gzowski Award Winner 2016

Laura graduated from the Queen Charlotte High School in 1999. Since then, she took on various jobs – at the Co Op and City Centre grocery stores, worked as a HaidaWatchman, and worked for the Skidegate Band Council. Laura now currently works for Gwaii Haanas National...

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Worn new, again and again – Calgary Poem

Worn new, again and again She confronts an object, strange upon the page,and cracks it sound by sound. Slow sibilant,popped plosive, rhotic smile, bowing diphthong,all concluded with a light dental stop:s-p-r-ou-t. A word is a machine fuelled by sound.Disassemble the...

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Diane McKellar – 2016 PGI Learner Achievement Award

Diane McKellar is the recipient of the 2016 PGI Learner Achievement Award. Diane lives in Knowlton with her son Jamie.  She is part of a large McKellar family most of whom live in or around Knowlton.  She is very involved in her church and is always willing to help...

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Rose Mary Paul – 2016 PGI Fredericton

There are times, as a teacher that you come across a learner who inspires and challenges you to want to be a better teacher. Rose Paul is such a learner. Unknowingly, she teaches others through her quiet patience, strength of character, kindness, and dedication to her...

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Jonathan Caissie – 2016 PGI Fredericton

Jonathan Caissie est agé de 24 ans, il a un fils de 3 ans qu’il élève avec sa compagne Martine. Jonathan possède une 7ième année est propriétaire d’un entreprise de renovation. Il est né à Lamecque Nouveau-Brunswick et a vécu à Montréal pendant 7ans. Jonathan veut...

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