News & Views

www.nald.ca/thelearningexchange/ Issue 36 March/April 2007
Editor/Layout Designer Darlene Brown

HOW TO CONTACT US
Darlene Brown Executive Director Karen Mockler Administrative Assistant Jacklyn Freedman-Spector Communications Director 3200 Souvenir Blvd. room D-110 Chomedey Laval, Quebec.

Adult Learner’s Week
Darlene Brown Executive Director

The Adult Learner’s Week has helped to foster the desire and develop possibilities for lifelong learning for all adults in Quebec. Starting March 24th, 2007, major events will be taking place all across Quebec to honour 1001 ways to learn! Look for notices around the school to join the celebration through local activities.

Phone: 450-688-2933 ext. 3126 Fax: 450-688-8125 E-mail: tle_literacy@yahoo.ca
Web site: www.nald.ca/thelearningexchange/

Adult Learner’s Week is March 24th to the 30th
TLE Celebrates our students’ efforts and achievements!!

Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 15th to the 21st
TLE thanks all of our wonderful volunteers for their time!!

Excellence in Literacy

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
President’s Message From the E.D.’s Desk Karen’s Corner Family Literacy Fun Adult Literacy Awards Book Club News Computer Tip Kate’s Library Update Website Redesign Gift of Reading March Calendar April Calendar 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 6

Lakeshore Players Theatre Benefit… Thank you!!
Darlene Brown Executive Director

TLE Literacy Sponsors & Supporters:

What a fun evening! The LakeShore Player’s production of “Sinners” was a wonderful success! I’d like to thank Literacy Unlimited for all of their help, everyone from The Lakeshore Players for supporting our organization, and all of our TLE members who helped make the evening a success, especially Beverly Beauchamp, Beth Green, and Mona Arsenault. A big thank you to our members, family, friends, and colleagues who supported The Learning Exchange through donations and by purchasing tickets for the evening. Thank you!! Until you next year...?!!!!

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President’s Message
Donna Adrian President

TLE Board of
• • • Donna Adrian Mona Arsenault Christiane Dabbagh Beth Green Valerie Sauriol Alice Sroka-Fillion Nancy Pilato President Past President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Director Director

A mind that has been stretched will never return to its original dimension. ~Albert Einstein
After seven weeks at sea, my head is filled with images: the white sand beaches of the Caymans and Uruguay; howler monkeys playing in the rain forest in Costa Rica; the Indians of Panama living as they did centuries ago; the pyramids and ruins of Peru; the scenery: deserts, mountains lakes, volcanoes, and rivers - spectacular. Antarctica was beyond my dreams. Its snow-capped ice-covered mountains, with glaciers stretching from mountain tops down to the ocean - brilliant blue in colour- waterfalls tumbling down from the melting ice, fjords paced with sea ice, ice floes with penguins and seals on them, huge icebergs many times larger than the ship, inspire awe and wonder. I have experienced earthquakes, a hurricane, rogue waves, storms, high seas, gale force winds and beautiful weather. Although I speak no Spanish, a smile "hola" and thanks "gracias" has helped me "talk" to people in Peru, Chile and Argentina. They have, with pride, shown me their towns, parks, churches and markets. I know how frustrated I was, not being able to communicate easily with the people I met. I respect your determination as students to learn to read and write, and as teachers, to encourage success.

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TLE Staff:
• Darlene Brown Karen Mockler Jacklyn Freedman-Spector Diane Richard • • •

Executive Director Administrative Assistant Communications Director Financial Officer

Karen’s Corner
Karen Mockler Administrative Assistant

From the Executive Director’s Desk
BOOK SALE A book sale will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. near the cafeteria .
Darlene Brown Executive Director

The Quebec English Literacy Alliance (QELA) has a new president...ME! I am honoured to take on the responsibilities of the position and look forward to the challenge. Speaking of which...I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Stephen Shore for all of his work on TLE’s Board of Directors and as a volunteer tutor. Good luck in Ottawa Stephen...we miss you!! Taking his place as newly appointed Treasurer will be Valerie Sauriol. Welcome to the team Valerie!! It’s time to start planning TLE’s Celebration 2007. We’re looking for volunteers/students to help with the planning. A meeting will be held on Tues. March 13th at 1:15. Call Karen if you are interested.

It is always great to have a break in March, the end is near! I would ask tutors once again to please let me know when you change times or rooms for tutoring. If you can’t get in touch with your student to cancel, let me know and I will contact them. Also, this is a good time to start thinking about filling in your tutoring hours sheet and handing them in. Thanks for your help!

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Family Literacy Fun
Jacklyn Freedman-Spector Communications Consultant

L - R: Nancy Pilato, Effie Maniatis, Beth Green, Beverly Beauvais and Alice Sroka-Fillion

In February, our great Family Literacy team of volunteers read to children from K to grade 4 at Crestview and Souvenir Elementary Schools. Special guests Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Frosst

School Board (SWLSB) Director General Effie Maniatis, SWLSB Commissioner David McKinley, and Graham Carpenter, Riding Relations for MNA Mr. Thomas Mulcair, dropped by to see our wonderful team in action. Beverly Beauvais, Valerie Sauriol, Beth Green, Alice Sroka-Fillion, Susan Jacobs and Nancy Pilato gave children Raffin bags with either/or a book, pencil and pad, stickers, bookmarks, a TLE brochure and a handbook for parents on suggestions for reading and writing with their children. It is because of the generosity of the Merck

TLE initiative was possible! Many thanks also goes out to Jack Hannan from Librairie Raffin for the generous donation of book bags and Davy-

Trust Fund that this annual

Reading fun with Dr. Suess’ The Cat in the Hat at Crestview Elementary School

Employees’

Charity

Belle McMorran for helping with the assembly of the bags.

The Quebec Adult Literacy Awards
The Quebec Adult Literacy Awards nominations are now open. This award is a chance for adult learners Deadline to apply is to be recogMarch 23rd, 2007 nized for their courage and determination in learning to read and write, and for exceptional literacy teachers/tutors to be rewarded for their hardwork. To apply for the Learner’s award, we ask students to share their own personal story of how learning to read and write has changed their lives. This can be in the form of a story, an essay, a poem, or a comic strip. Teachers and tutors of adult literacy can be nominated for the Teacher/ Tutor award. This is a special way of recognizing the achievements of teachers whose work is so often outside the mainstream. Application forms are on The Centre for Literacy website: www.centreforliteracy.qc.ca, Application deadline is March 23, 2007. Contact TLE if you need help with an application.

Book Club News
Beverly Beauvais Volunteer

TLE’s Reading Circle will meet on Tuesday, March 6th to discuss A PAINTED HOUSE by John Grisholm. The meeting

will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Multi-Cultural Library. The discussion leader will be DavyBelle McMorran. The next book club meeting will be Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 p.m.

Our chosen book is THE FOREST LOVER by Susan Vreeland. Wilma Goodman Lo will be the animator and we will be back at The Learning Exchange for this meeting.

Here’s a great shortcut I’d like to share with all of you…something a student of mine accidentally discovered. Hold down the CTRL button while using the SCROLL button on your mouse (roll it back and forth) and watch what happens!!! You can quickly and easily adjust the view of your screen and size of your document….I love it!!

NEWS & VIEWS

Kate’s Library News
Kate Strickland TLE Documentation Technician

We’re on the web! www.nald.ca/thelearningexchange

Workshop News
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Learning Links Returns...Again!
Monday April 23rd 1:30 to 4 PM and 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM TLE Computer Lab: Room C124B Discover the new website “Learning Links” Take a tour of the site Get ideas for using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Open to tutors, volunteers, teachers and students

Progress continues on the library. Karen has been trained on the data entry process and is now familiar with the style and content criteria in entering new items. Now that there are two of us working on the database, progress will be even faster! Please note that training in how to use this new system will be set after our new web site is ready, so stay tuned for details. In the meantime, weCommittee meeting: volunteers who would be interested Family Literacy are looking for Left to Right: books. We can arrange some training on book repair in repairing Beth, Davy-Belle, Beverly, Alice and Valerie methods if you desire. If you are interested, please contact Karen and we’ll get you busy giving some of our books the tender loving care that they deserve. We’re also seeking names of volunteers interested in becoming a future TLE library volunteer. Call Karen today!

Web Site Redesign
Darlene Brown Executive Director

Tutor Training Continues
March 13th and 20th Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 TLE Room D-110 Basic Tutor Training Session 4 to 5 Fun and interactive training for new volunteers

I’m pleased to announce TLE’s website is currently being redesigned! I’m looking for feedback regarding the overall look, design and ease of use. If you are interested in giving your opinion just let us know and we’ll add you to the list!

Give the Gift of Reading
Yes! I want to help support TLE’s literacy efforts. I’m enclosing my donation of: $10 $15 $20 $25 Other $ ——— *Receipt Name & address of donor:

Excellence in Literacy 2006/2007
Name & address for gift/donation notice: *Receipt If you would like to make a gift of literacy in someone’s name or memory please include his/her name and address with this reply card and we will send them a gift/donation notice.

Please return this reply card along with your donation to The Learning Exchange. TLE’s charitable number is 89335 1767 RR 0001. Make cheque payable to The Learning Exchange. *Please indicate with a checkmark which name and address for the receipt.
Librarie Raffin

March 2007
The Learning Exchange 3200 boul. du Souvenir, Chomedey, Laval, Quebec. H7V 1W9

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March 8th is International Women’s Day March 21st is World Poetry Day

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St. Patrick’s Day

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Tutor Training # 5 Workshop 6:30 to 9:30 PM

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Schedule of Events for March 2007
March 6 Book Club: Multicultural library at 7:30 ~ Book club readers March 13
• Social Committee Meeting: room D-110 at 1:15 ~ Interested members and staff • Basic Tutor Training #4: room D-110 at 6:30 PM ~ New volunteers

March 14 Bridging the Gap Workshop: 10:30 - 12:30 PM ~ QELA reps March 20 Basic Tutor Training #5: room D-110 at 6:30 PM~ New volunteers March 24—30 Adult Learner’s Week March 26 DFGA Workshop: TBA ~ Executive Director March 27
• TLE BOD Meeting: room D-110 at 1 PM ~ Executive Director • QLWG Meeting: downtown 9AM ~ Executive Director

March 29
• QELA General Meeting: TBA 9 AM ~ Executive Director • Adult Literacy Awards: downtown 9AM ~ Executive Director

Phone: 450-688-2933 ext. 3126 Fax: 450-688-8125 E-mail: tle_literacy@yahoo.ca www.nald.ca/thelearningexchange

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All events are held at 3200 Souvenir blvd. in room D-110 unless otherwise noted. Dates and times may have to change! Please call TLE to sign-up for all events. Remember to check with Karen for any changes!

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April 2007
The Learning Exchange 3200 boul. du Souvenir, Chomedey, Laval, Quebec. H7V 1W9

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April 15th to 21st is Volunteer Appreciation week

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Book sale 11:30 -1 PM Book Club 7:30 PM

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DFGA Reception & Referral Workshop

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TLE Retreat

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TLE Retreat

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Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 15 - 21)

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Blue Metropolis Festival begins

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LLC-Q/LVQ Tutor Training Workshop

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LLC-Q/LVQ Meeting

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Learning Links Work- SWL Governing shop 1:30 - 4 PM and Board Meeting 5 PM 6:30 - 9:30 PM

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Blue Metropolis Festival ends

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Schedule of Events for April 2007
April 10
• Book Sale: 11:30 to 1:00 near the cafeteria ~ General public • Book Club: 7:30 PM ~ Book Club Readers

April 12 DFGA Reception & Referral workshop: TBA ~ Executive Director April 14 to 15 TLE Retreat: Hudson/St. Lazare ~ BOD, staff, consultants & PR Team April 18 Policy & Procedure Committee meeting: 12:30 ~ P & P Committee April 23 Learning Links workshop: 1:30 to 4 and 6:30 to 9:30 PM C124B ~ TLE members April 24 SWL governing Board meeting: 5 PM D-128 ~ Executive Director April 25 to 29 Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literacy Festival: Information at: http://bluemetropolis.org April 26 LLC-Q/LVQ Tutor Training workshop: TBA ~ Tutor Trainers April 27 LLC-Q/LVQ general meeting: TBA ~ Executive Director
Phone: 450-688-2933 ext. 3126 Fax: 450-688-8125 E-mail: tle_literacy@yahoo.ca www.nald.ca/thelearningexchange

Excellence in Literacy
All events are held at 3200 boul. du Souvenir in room D-110 unless otherwise noted. Dates and times may have to change! Please call TLE to sign-up for all events. Remember to check with Karen for any changes!

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