We are happy to send you our first provincial e-newsletter for the 2011-2012 year. Our goal is to keep you informed on the activities of Frontier College in Quebec, share with you our successes this past summer and keep you updated on future events.
This year, you will be 500 tutors in Quebec— and 2500 in total across Canada— to share your passion for learning with children, teens and adults who want to improve their literacy skills. Our 2011 recruitment season has been very successful, with over 150 new tutors trained in Montreal, 60 in Quebec City and 40 in Sherbrooke. By clicking here, you can take a peek at the Montreal training day held on October 1st, 2011.
We are welcoming 250 new recruits this month! Indeed, 250 individuals eager to put their skills and knowledge to contribution in order to help people change their lives, one word at a time.
We take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment toward literacy Frontier College’s mission. Without your support, it would be impossible to reach that many individuals and to encourage them in their learning journey.
We invite you to read all the sections of this e-newsletter to learn more about the impact of our summer activities, our new Facebook pages, the upcoming provincial meeting and the brand new Frontier College strategic plan 2011-2014.
On behalf of the entire Quebec team - Diego, Joelle, Krystyna, Raissa, Marie-Ève, Laurence, Sophie, Tatiana, Nathalie, Simon-Pierre and myself – I wish you all great beginnings for your tutoring sessions and a lot of success with your learners.
Enjoy the reading!
Our summer activities have once again been very successful. Our Reading Tents staff and volunteers in Montreal, Sherbrooke and Quebec City have been exceptionally busy!
2747 children have attended one of the 101 tents that were held. A total of 1831 books were distributed to the children over the course of the summer.
Children and their families have once again appreciated the literacy activities offered under the sun as mentioned in this note from Océanne, a Montreal Reading Tent participant:
I love reading under the tent, I love reading and on top of it,
Our Literacy Summer Camps, which are set up in collaboration with aboriginal communities in the province, have also been a success.
Frontier College has been working with Aboriginal communities for over 40 years. Specifically, since 2005, we have been working with communities across Canada to develop Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps. The model has since expanded to over 60 communities in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
Children and youth in each community are invited to attend the summer literacy camps. The objectives of the camp are to:
This past summer in Quebec, Frontier College worked with 6 communities - Kanehsatake, Kitcisakik, Manawan, Lac Simon and the native Friendship Centers of Val d’Or and Lanaudière to train 55 camp counselors on how to integrate literacy activities in their summer camps. 280 children have benefitted from this initiative and 1500 books were distributed to the communities (many of which contain culturally relevant content).
I believe [the program] is a great idea because it helps them not lose their ability to read and write for school. Keep doing a great job and thanks for making it fun so that they do not even realize they are learning. » Kanehsatake parent
Pen pal project between Lac Simon and the Native Friendship Center of Val d’Or.