We have enjoyed the summer, but are excited about what autumn will bring. We look forward to seeing you soon, and invite you to mark your calendars for QCRC and Lifelong Learning's first community event of the 2013-2014 year.JOIN QCRC & LLL at VEQ's ANNUAL FALL FEST
Saturday, September 14
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Vincent Elementary (995 Wolfe Avenue)
You - our volunteers and program participants - are our best representatives. Your enthusiasm and firsthand experience showcase our programs so well. We hope you will be interested in sharing an hour or two of your time to help us spread the word about QCRC programs.
We would like to have volunteers from Lifelong Learning and our tutoring program, as well as our family literacy activities. Please contact Bethann Merkle to sign up: call 418-681-1258 or email email@example.com.
This will also be a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and program participants, to sign up for other volunteer opportunities, and to learn more about all of our programs.
We hope to see you there!
Cathy and Bethann
Video highlights of our annual Karaoke Idol event for 2013. More details in the previous post about Adult Learners' Week 2013.
It is National Volunteer Week, which offers us a great opportunity to thank all our stellar volunteers. Our programs would not be the same without the contributions of our community volunteers.
We greatly appreciate your time and energy!
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Volunteer of the Year
The Quebec City Reading Council hounours
Tamika for her outstanding performance as a
volunteer tutor for adult learners seeking
to improve their Literacy and Essential Skills.
See below for QCRC President's speech, made when Tamika received her award.
TEXT FROM QCRC PRESIDENT'S AWARD SPEECH:
Each year, QCRC honours a volunteer who has made a special contribution to the organization in some way.
This year, we would like to bestow that honour on one of our tutors. This lady has been tutoring with us since last October, and during that time has worked with five students.
She has worked one-on-one and with a small group, she has engaged her students at every level, and they have made enormous progress under her tutelage. In addition, she is great to work with, not that any of our volunteers aren't!
She is also a young mother who has a great attitude towards her volunteer work, her students, and the people with whom she engages.
Therefore, we would like to ask Tamika Harton to accept this honour on behalf of the Board of Directors, volunteers, members, and staff of QCRC.
Congratulations and thank you!
22 April 2013
FUN it was - all week long! The fourth annual Karaoke Idol was a smashing success, the annual Book Swap drew volunteers and community members, and our local newspaper covered some of the highlights. See the first article (Adult Learners' Week celebrates lifelong learning) for specific information about why we celebrate Adult Learners, and what it is like to be one.
We'll have a special post up soon, featuring the 2013 edition of Karaoke Idol in video!
Click image to view article.
Click image to view article.
Please join us for our FREE Annual Community Book Swap, in celebration of Adult Education Week!
It is as simple as this: Bring a book to exchange, and pick out a new one to take home. Please tell your friends!
The Book Swap is easily accessible by car (free parking!) or bus (routes 25, 13, & 800/801).
If you would like to share posters or flyers about the event, please contact us for the PDFs.
| |FREE ANNUAL COMMUNITY BOOK SWAP
April 10, 2013
Eastern Quebec Learning Centre (cafeteria)
3005, William-Stuart (Corner of Lavigerie and chemin St-Louis)
We welcome books in good condition:
- Please understand that we cannot accept textbooks, periodicals or books that are in poor condition.
- Books can be in any language.
- Children's books are always appreciated!
- Not sure if your book is appropriate? Don't worry, our volunteers will be available to help you decide.
2012 LLL Photo Gallery (online)
Click on images below to view photos from 2012.
Please contact QCRC directly if you would like to reproduce any of these photos.
2012 was a great year for lifelong learning in Quebec City!
A big thank you is due for the time and efforts of the Lifelong Learning Program Steering Committee, eleven volunteer moderators, and a strong partnership between the Quebec City Reading Council and Voice of English-speaking Quebec.
| | Family Literacy Day happens every year on January 27, and offers us a great reminder that we can learn from everyday moments.
Learning does not have to be expensive, hard, or complicated, and learning can happen at any time. This year, we encourage everyone to “take 5 and read” – whether you read with a child, an adult, a family member, friend or perfect stranger. Taking 5 minutes to read on Family Literacy Day, or all week long, can reinforce the importance of strong reading, writing, math, and computer skills.
Since 1999, when Family Literacy Day began, the Quebec City Reading Council has been helping local families enjoy this day. It is a fun opportunity to remember the importance of reading, writing, math and computers, and sharing ideas about how to have fun with everyday learning. Click here for information about other QCRC programs and activities.
| |Additional ideas for incorporating Family Literacy Day into School and family learning fun can be as simple as 1, 2, 3.
Visit ABC Life Literacy Canada’s website to find more information, ideas, and activities help you to celebrate this year’s Family Literacy Day.
- ONE idea is to help children have fun with words. Encourage knock-knock jokes, look for the alphabet while traveling, or write a story, poem, or note to someone special.
- TWO – have fun with numbers. Ask children to think about how they use numbers in everyday life - while cooking and measuring ingredients for recipes, playing hide-and-seek, or when planning a trip.
- THREE – have fun with computers. Develop children’s technology literacy skills by reading an e-book story, playing educational games, researching the answer to a question, or even writing their own story and emailing it to friends and family.
Read Family Literacy Day info in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph!
In the past few months, various QCRC programs have received attention from our local newspaper, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph
. Friends of QCRC may enjoy taking a look at these articles. Click on the images to view the full articles.
Feel free to contact us directly
if you are interested in any of the programs mentioned.
LLL - Japanese Cultural Series
Spotlight on local programs for seniors
QCRC honored by
Central Quebec School Board
LLL spring social
TEXT FROM VEQ PRESS RELEASE:
Do you have a story to tell?
“Memoirs of the English-speaking community” is your chance to pass down the rich cultural heritage of our English-speaking community to our youth. It’s time to share our stories and honour our past.
Remember, by sharing your personal life story you make it possible for our students to glimpse into the past of our institutions, community groups, hospitals and schools. It can be a mutually enriching experience. A story workshop will take place November 6th at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion.
Please call Amy Bilodeau at 418-683-2366 ext.226 to participate in the Memoirs project!
It is amazing to see that once again we are at the end of a highly successful year at Quebec City Reading Council.
Some highlights of the year included participation in Voice of English-speaking Quebec’s Fall Fest and Newcomer's Fair, where our volunteers manned the QCRC booth to publicize programs and activities, network with our community colleagues and recruit new volunteers.
Then, in early June, we were delighted to learn we had been selected as one of three winning proposals for PGI special project funding. This $1,500 award will be used to take the Lifelong Learning Program to the next step, allowing us to operate that program through the summer for the first time.
The Essential Skills for the Workplace program was extremely successful this year and plans are well underway to get the program started again in early October. QCRC recently met with key personnel at Eastern Quebec Learning Centre to set some strategic goals for the next academic year. We are looking forward to the continuation of this very fruitful partnership.
On top of all this, QCRC continued our regular activities such as Toddler Time
, Lending Library
, one-on-one tutoring
, the Lifelong Learning Program
, and participating in provincial projects with Literacy Volunteers of Quebec and Quebec English Literacy Alliance.
The Executive Board did a stellar job keeping the organization on track. Thanks to President Tommy Hannan, Vice-president Gill Ayre, Treasurer Marilyn Baxter and Secretary Greg Kelm. Nice work!
We welcomed one new reader when Suzanne Bergmann brought a very healthy baby boy, Philipp, into the world in December. We also welcomed a new staff member. Bethann Merkle has been at the programming helm since November 2011, and we are entirely grateful for her expertise, enthusiasm and outstanding commitment to doing a great job.
Finally, an enormous Thank You!
goes out to each and every one of you for your continued dedication to QCRC. Community partners and volunteers are the backbone of our organization; there is absolutely no doubt that QCRC would not be able to deliver the high quality services we do without your generosity. You give freely of your time, energy and expertise to ensure the highest standard of programming is delivered to our clients.
We join together to wish all of you a very relaxing, healthy summer and look forward to meeting you again in September.
With very best wishes,
Cathy, Maureen, and Bethann