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.
Read Family Literacy Day info in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph!
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 call 418-681-1258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Following our Annual Christmas Bash in December, we started planning Family Literacy Day, which we celebrated with the help of the Jeffery Hale Community Services and Take A Break parents.
Spring brought lots of energy in the form of our activities to celebrate Adult Learners’ Week in Quebec; our annual Karaoke Idol contest drew an audience of close to 100 people and around 15 contestants. Evidence of the fun can still be viewed on YouTube!
The Community Book Swap was a huge success bringing in around 100 people who enthusiastically swapped hundreds of books. We were also honoured by Eastern Quebec Learning Centre and the Central Quebec School board, during a lovely afternoon tea event.
Volunteer Appreciation Week was a mixture of old and new faces plus the start of nice weather.
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
LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAM
Gardening Discussion & Plant/Seed Exchange
MODERATOR: Bethann G. Merkle
Tuesday, May 15
10:00 AM - noon @ Quebec High School
GARDENING DISCUSSION & PLANT/SEED EXCHANGE
Participants will engage with topics such as favorite vegetables and past gardening successes and failures. This session is for gardeners of all experience levels, from beginners to folks who have "retired" from gardening. Joyce Coutts will be present, to contribute a floral perspective to the discussion.
The discussion may also cover urban gardening considerations such as in small spaces (containers and balconies), community gardening, and the urban agriculture sprouting up throught Quebec City. Additional topics may include, but are not limited to, heirlooms, seeds vs. starts, local roof-top gardens, organic gardening, and more.
Participants are encouraged to bring photographs of their own gardens, and even plants or seeds to exchange with other participants. We hope local gardeners will join us to share their expertise!
• Contact Lifelong Learning Program at email@example.com or 418-681-1258.
• This session is open to paid members of the Lifelong Learning Program.*
*LIFELONG LEARNING MEMBERSHIP
• Annual membership fee of $10.00
• Access to 12 or more workshops, discussions and presentations, and at least one social event each year.
• The Lifelong Learning Program is open to all adults in Quebec City interested in casual, English-speaking learning opportunities.
• Topics vary depending on member interest.
• New members can pay the fee at the first session attended, or by contacting the Lifelong Learning Program (see contact info, above).
• Current members can renew or check when a membership expires at the next session attended, or by contacting Lifelong Learning Program (see contact info, above).