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Full STEAM Ahead!

The Decoda Literacy Library is adding more STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) resources to its collection in 2018. Thanks to a generous grant of $2,000 from R.R. Smith Community Fund, we will be able to update and expand STEAM resources available to family literacy practitioners, early learning professionals, teachers and parents. The Decoda… Read more

Learning Together

One of the wonderful things about community-based literacy programs is the flexibility to create programs that suit the needs of the community and its members. In some programs people of different ages learn together. These intergenerational literacy programs are held in communities across BC. In ONE TO ONE and Fostering Literacy programs across the province,… Read more

The Atlin Boys Cook-Book Club

“I can’t believe we get to cook and eat it!” This is just one of the many appreciative comments from the boys of the Atlin Boys’ Cook-Book Club. The club was started by Trudy Ewing, Atlin’s Literacy Outreach Coordinator. Trudy said “It used to be a girls’ book club, but as the girls moved away… Read more

Donor Spotlight: RBC provides a “lift” to Syrian families attending literacy programs

This year, 38 Syrian parents and 76 children new to B.C. will have an easier time accessing IPALS (Immigrant Parents As Literacy Supporters) programs thanks to RBC.  A grant of $9,800 will help pay for bus fare, session materials and snacks for families attending literacy programs in Vancouver and Langley. In addition, 25 Syrian adults… Read more

Mother’s Story: Without the schooling I was stuck

Samantha Bilokraly was a stay at home mom for five years. She wanted to start a career, get out of the house and make her family a two-income household. She says, “It is hard to live off one income and daycare is so expensive. Without the schooling I was stuck.” This year, Samantha began attending… Read more

My Place is Here

I came to Canada last summer. This was a good season to be here because the weather was warm (too warm sometimes!) and that made the transition from my country to Canada easier. After a while, I realized that even if I felt like being on a long vacation, it was difficult for me to… Read more

The Time I Overcame a Difficult Time

I remember the time I overcame a difficult time adapting to the weather and language.  In order to adapt I wore jackets every day and I got my daughter to help me practice. I remember the time I was new to Canada and my older daughter wanted to go back to our country. I remember… Read more

The Time I Was New To Canada – Alem

I came to Canada in 2010.  I was so happy and excited.  But after one month I had trouble learning because I didn’t understand and speak.  After six months, I had a little bit of speaking and understanding. I am so happy to be learning because I have a job and communicate with classmates and… Read more

Literacy is Life – The Time I Was New to Canada

Over three years ago when I moved to Canada, I experienced difficult times and challenges integrating first of all because English is not my first language. And after moving here, I had hard times getting used to the transportation system: the bus, the skytrain the directions. It was difficult to ask questions to the bus… Read more

Steven’s Story

By Steven, LINC 4, Burnaby I first time came to Vancouver in 2010, everything was new; new city, new people,new culture and new language. I like to play basketball,and it helped me to make some new friends. We don’t speak the same language so sometimes our team was many mistakes. I was afraid no one… Read more