Meeting the needs of adult learners

We all know someone who may have left school for economic or health reasons; they may have a learning disability; maybe they are new to the country; or they may simply have grown rusty from lack of practice and need to upgrade their skills. Every adult learner has a unique story to share, but in today’s increasingly complex world it is vital that we continue to learn new skills, improve our knowledge, and increase our literacy, especially in British Columbia where we are facing a labour-shortage crisis in the coming decade.

For our definition of adult literacy, click here.

With your support and the support of our community partners, we are able to help fund adult literacy programs and provide individuals with the opportunities and resources they need to increase their life chances and succeed in today’s world.

Community adult literacy programs serve more the 1,800 core learners every year. Read some of their stories below.

Literacy matters to me … Gwen’s story

When Gwen came to Canada from China in 1954, she was 22 years old. She was a young mother who needed to support her family. Gwen worked long hours at a diner in Kitsilano. There was no time to take courses and learn how to read in English. It wasn’t until the 1990’s, when she… Read more

A New Way to Learn

The Partners program is a one-to-one adult tutoring program in Surrey, BC. When the pandemic started, we wondered how to help the  tutor / learner pairs in our program move from face-to-face tutoring to remote tutoring.  We recognized that each learner has a unique home situation. Each learner has a different stress level. Many have lost jobs or have children at home. We needed to modify what can be done. If pairs decide to take a break, tutors still stay in touch with their learners. This… Read more

Celebrating the power of literacy: Paulina’s story

The Westcoast Reader has a new website! Paulina Mason’s picture is on the new website. Paulina invited us to share her story – she wants to encourage others to get the help they need to develop their skills. Paulina was born in an orphanage in Bulgaria. Her development was delayed. She was malnourished and spent… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – Thank you donors!

Thank you to all our supporters who donated to help more literacy programs receive The Westcoast Reader, a monthly newspaper for learners. Over $2,000 was raised! We are currently fulfilling subscription applications from programs in need. If you know of a program that would benefit from The Westcoast Reader, please send us an email…. Read more