Literacy group seeks volunteer tutors

  • Sep. 7, 2009 8:00 a.m.

Submitted by Beng Favreau-Many of us take reading for granted. But around 40 per cent of adults in British Columbia do not have the literacy skills they need to fully participate and succeed in their everyday life.Literacy Haida Gwaii is a non-profit adult and family literacy organization that provides assistance to adults who want to upgrade their literacy skills, but they need your help. They are currently seeking volunteer tutors.Funded by BC Adult Literacy cost-shared program and Northwest Community College, Literacy Haida Gwaii hosts the free community tutoring initiative. Students are matched with volunteers who act as tutors either on a one-to-one confidential tutoring setting or small group tutoring environment.”The goal of the program is to help adults improve their literacy skills in reading, writing, math or basic computer skills, ” explains Beng Favreau, Community Literacy Coordinator for Literacy Haida Gwaii. “These are Canadians who are realizing how important it is for them to learn to read, go back to school, or take up adult upgrading courses. All they want is to strengthen their literacy foundation so that they can move on to the next step of their lives. As a community, we need to support and help them fulfill that dream.”Currently there are over 10 students on the waiting list requesting help from volunteer tutors. The program has flexible hours that can be matched with tutor schedules. If you can spare about two hours a week and love to share your passion in reading or in math, do consider being a tutor for Literacy Haida Gwaii. Tutor training will commence in early October. Volunteers can borrow free resource materials from Literacy Haida Gwaii or gain free access to online resource lending library. Please leave a phone message at 559-8398 or 1-866-559-9065 if you would like to volunteer.

Just Posted

Grim situation in coming year for northwest, B.C. fisheries

Annual post-season review in Prince Rupert informs DFO on how to manage 2019 fishing season

Another windstorm expected Monday, causing ferry delay

With another windstorm expected to hit Haida Gwaii on Monday afternoon, BC… Continue reading

Jason Alsop, Gaagwiis, elected Haida Nation president

Jason Alsop, Gaagwiis, is the newly elected president of the Council of… Continue reading

On the Wing: Small birds and berries

By Margo Hearne Into the chill. The Christmas Bird Counts will be… Continue reading

Saturday storm to hit Haida Gwaii with 80 to 100 km/h winds

A strong southeast storm is expected to hit coastal areas of Haida… Continue reading

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

Out of the doghouse: B.C. city lifts ban on pup who barked too much at dog park

Cameron the Shetland sheepdog is allowed back into Uplands off-leash dog park under some conditions.

No flood of extremist returnees to Canada expected, federal report says

The report says some 190 people with connections to Canada are suspected of terrorist activity abroad

Canada-China relations turn icy over arrest of Chinese exec

The Huawei case has threatened to complicate U.S.-China efforts to resolve a bitter trade dispute.

Prosecutor signs off on former B.C. Liberal government’s quick-wins probe

David Butcher said in a statement released Monday that the RCMP recommended charges under the Elections Act

Canadian physicist who won Nobel Prize touts science for the sake of science

Donna Strickland, 59, said securing the field’s highest honour has given her a significant new platform

Too many die in heavy truck crashes, B.C. auditor says

Province has no mandatory driver training for commercial vehicles

B.C. city considers scrapping funds for Christmas decorations

Victoria city coun. Ben Isitt doesn’t think the government should pay for any religious symbols

Most Read