Eastern Quebec Learning Centre hosted an afternoon tea in honor of Quebec City Reading Council. Stephen Burke (Chairman) and Marielle Stewart (Director General) of the Central Quebec School Board joined EQLC Director Susie Faguy in stating their appreciation for QCRC's 35 years of providing adult and family literacy services in our community. Ms. Stewart said, "I would like to thank the Quebec City Reading Council for the pivotal role that they play in supporting our Adult Learners [...] The Quebec City Reading Council is instrumental in improving student success in our Adult and Vocational Education programs, CQSB and EQLC are very fortunate to have such a devoted and caring partner in the Quebec City Reading Council." Cynthia Michaud, SARCA Special Projects Officer at EQLC, shared the history and lore of British-style tea with the students, staff, and QCRC members present. The participants enjoyed scones, cucumber sandwiches, and trifle, and agreed that the event should become an annual element of the EQLC+QCRC effort to celebrate Adult Learner Week. See below for full text of Ms. Stewart's recognition speech.
The Quebec City Reading Council extends our sincerest thanks to CQSB and EQLC for their support of QCRC! We are delighted to share such a strategic, effective partnership in the joint effort to support local adult learners.
given March 29, 2012 by
Ms. Marielle Stewart, Director General of Central Quebec School Board
"For those of you who may not know me, I am Marielle Stewart, Director General of the Central Quebec School Board. I would like to start by extending a heartfelt thank you to Susie Faguy and her wonderful team for inviting me to participate in this lovely celebration highlighting the Adult Learner's Week at the Centre. What a joy to see you all here!
I am indeed very honoured to be here, and may I add, very proud to be an Adult Learner myself! My children, who are now adults, and I continue to take courses to improve our knowledge base, to upgrade our skills, to keep abreast of new research in learning and truthfully - just to enjoy the journey that learning provides us!
At the Central Quebec School Board, our vision of Learning for All is not just a bunch of words, but rather is proof that we believe in life-long learning. We strive to provide all of our students with the skills and the desire to learn and to enjoy the benefits that it provides!
I would like to thank the Quebec City Reading Council for the pivotal role that they play in supporting our Adult Learners with language and math skills. Their contribution is absolutely precious to each and every person to whom they reach out. The Quebec City Reading Council is instrumental in improving student success in our Adult and Vocational Education programmes. Their actions and expertise enable the Central Quebec School Board to meet the student success goals set out in our Partnership Agreement with the Ministry of Education - that is - to reach a target of 87% (by the year 2020) of our students who will have the necessary knowledge and skills to graduate.
CQSB and EQLC are very fortunate to have such a devoted and caring partner in the Quebec City Reading Council. As a matter of fact, the presence and contributions of Cathy Nolan as a community representative on the EQLC Governing Board is just another testimony to their commitment to our students' success!
On behalf of the School Board, members of the Council of Commissioners, our schools and Centre, and of course, our adult learners, I would like to congratulate you for your desire to help, your will to learn, the joy that inhabits you and that you share through your teaching and learning, and last but not least, for your many successes - those achieved and those to come!!"