News and Views

www.nald.ca/thelearningexchange/ Issue 34 Nov./Dec. 2006
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.

Welcome to The Learning Exchange Kate!
Kate Strickland aka The Library Lady

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

Excellence in Literacy

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
President’s Message From the E.D.’s Desk Karen’s Corner Lyric Theater Tickets Book Sales Book Club Science Club Volunteer Voice Upcoming Workshops Down, But Not Out! Gift of Reading Nov. Calendar Dec. Calendar 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 6

If you drop into the TLE office, you may notice an unfamiliar person working at the computer in the corner, peeking out from behind a stack of library books. Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Kate Strickland and Everybody meet Kate! I’ve been hired to assist in the development of a circulation system for your library. Over the next 5 months, I’ll be processing every last resource in your library so that each one has been entered into the database, has been assigned keywords and has a barcode label. At the end of this process you will be able to search for resources using keywords and to sign out resources using your very own library card. I will keep you up-to-date on how the project is progressing and at the appropriate time we will train you in how to use the new system. I look forward to meeting all of you. Pop your heads over the books and say hello. Darlene has suggested that I be called “the library lady” but you can just call me Kate!

Jacques Demers at PROCEDE Conference
Darlene Brown Executive Director

L to R Darlene Brown, Jacques Demers and Anne-Marie Lepage

I had the pleasure of attending the PROCEDE conference in St. Sauveur October 19-21st,

hosted by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, where Jacques TLE Literacy Demers was one of the Sponsors: guest speakers. Using the conference theme • MERCK FROSST EMPLOYEES’ CHARITY TRUST FUND “No Mountain High Enough”, Jacques in- • LAVAL ROTARY CLUB spired the audience with stories from his • CANADA POST childhood, coaching, • DOMTAR and life experience.

President’s Message
Donna Adrian President

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

I have had a setback with my foot, and am again using a brace and cane to walk. I am very disappointed and more than a little discouraged. At times it is very difficult to be optimistic. I wonder if I will ever walk with ease again. It is difficult to look forward. A wise friend of mine reminded me that my progress is great, that looking back to where I was last Feb. when I had the accident, I have improved amazingly well, and that I have accomplished many of my goals, including walking up stairs using two handrails. As students, each of you must evaluate your success, by looking at where you were when you began the literacy program, then, looking at the improvement in your reading and writing skills. The progress may be slow, but there is progress. You will accomplish your hopes and dreams, even if it takes longer than you expected. As tutors, you must evaluate your effectiveness, by looking at the past to gauge your success. As this is the last message I will be writing this year, I wish you all SEASON’S GREETINGS, and health, happiness and continued success in 2007.

TLE Staff:
• • • • Darlene Brown Karen Mockler Jacklyn Freedman-Spector Diane Richard Executive Director Administrative Assistant Communications Director Financial Officer

Karen’s Corner

From the Executive Director’s Desk
Darlene Brown Executive Director Karen Mockler Administrative Assistant

I’d like to welcome our new Board of Directors to The Learning Exchange! I look forward to a great year! I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Beverly Beauchamp for her years on the board and the wonderful contribution she has made to our organization. Thank you Beverly…hugs and kisses to you!! I’d like to welcome Kate Strickland to our team here at the TLE Resource Centre. Kate will be working on our Canadian Heritage project as our Documentation Technician. You will see some exciting changes in our library over the next few months! If you are interested in becoming one of our library volunteers please let Karen know. Training will be provided on the new system.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Our Holiday Party will be on Dec. 18th! Anyone interested in helping decorate, clean-up etc… please let me know! Thanks! Tutors please inform me if you change your day or time of tutoring – it makes it easier to book a room if need be. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays & a Happy New Year!
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TLE Fundraiser: Lyric Theater’s “Sinners”
Darlene Brown Executive Director

We’re excited to join Literacy Unlimited for a fun literacy fundraising event! We have 100 tickets to the Lyric Theatre production of “Sinners”. Tickets will be going on sale at TLE soon and we are asking members to help sell tickets to make it a truly successful fundraiser. Theatre tickets can make a great gift for the holidays! Where: When: Time: Price: John Rennie Theatre : February 6th/2007 8:00 p.m. $22.00 for adults 501 Blvd. St. Jean, Pointe Claire

$18.00 for students and seniors over 60

Book Sales
Beverly Beauvais Volunteer

Book Club News
Beverly Beauvais Volunteer

There will be a book sale on Tuesday November 7th and Tuesday, December 5th at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. near the cafeteria. Thank you to all those who helped make our October sale so successful.

The TLE Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 7th at 7:30p.m. to discuss Betty Smith's book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Cathy Paczos will be our animator. Our December meeting takes place on the 5th with Trudy Axani leading the discussion of The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant.

Science Meetings for Students
Armen Hajjar /Student Mona Arsenault/Tutor

Tuesday, November 14, 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. Thursday, December 7th, 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. Christmas Surprise!!!

We are going to have a few Science meetings at the school for student participation. Talk, share, play with others. Be part of the Group! Show your interest. Reserve with Karen.

VOLUNTEER VOICE / TUTOR TALK
Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 6:15 P.M.
Come One… Come All! Join us for Supper! The holidays are just around the corner now’s the time for discussion. Let’s eat and talk about a favorite subject: “SHOPPING”.

with Mona Arsenault

NEWS AND VIEWS

Down, but Not Out!
Beverly Beauchamp Tutor

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

Down, but not out! During the past three years, it has been a privilege to have served on the Board of Directors of TLE. Many wonderful, hardworking, dedicated people serve on the Board and I have gained so much knowledge while working with them. Sitting on the Board of Directors offers invaluable opportunities to better understand how this organization functions, and find better ways to manage our resources. I applaud the Board members for the superb job that they do under the guidance of our excellent Executive Director, Darlene Brown. Because I have taken on responsibilities with another group, I am stepping down from the Board, but not out of the organization. I will continue to tutor, work on committees and help out with other activities as needed. Congratulations to our new Board members, who I am sure will do a first-rate job in the coming years.

Workshop News
Bookmaking
Tuesday November 21st 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. TLE Room D-110 Learn how to make your own book using beautiful paper Fun and creative workshop for all members

Learning Links

Friday, December 4, 2006 TLE Computer Lab: Room C124A Discover the new web site “Learning Links” made for literacy learners and tutors Take a tour of the site Get ideas for using information and communication technology Open to tutors, volunteers, teachers and students

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.

November 2006
The Learning Exchange 3200 Souvenir Blvd., Chomedey, Laval, Quebec. H7V 1W9

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Student Conference Maritime Hotel All day

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Schedule of Events for November
Friday November 3 • LLC-Q/LVQ Student Conference ~ Maritime Plaza Hotel~ students

Saturday November 4 • LLC-Q/LVQ Annual General Conference ~ Maritime Plaza Hotel ~ TLE members

Tuesday November 7 • • Book Sales: 11:30—1:00 PM in front of cafeteria ~ general public Book Club: 7:30 room TBA ~ Book Club readers (New readers are welcome!)

Tuesday November 14 • • Social Committee Meeting: 1:00 ~ social committee TLE Board Meeting: 4:30 PM ~ TLE board members

Tuesday November 21 • Bookmaking Workshop: 6:30 PM ~ all TLE members Phone: 450-688-2933 ext. 3126 Fax: 450-688-8125 E-mail: tle_literacy@yahoo.ca www.nald.ca/thelearningexchange

Thursday/Friday November 23—24 • QPAT Annual Convention: Palais de Congrès de Montréal ~ TLE staff, tutors, & BOD

Thursday November 30 • Volunteer Voice/Tutor Talk: 6:30 PM ~ volunteers and tutors

Excellence in Literacy
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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December 2006
The Learning Exchange 3200 Souvenir Blvd., Chomedey, Laval, Quebec. H7V 1W9

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New Year’s Eve Eid-Al-Adha

Centre reopens
January 8th 2007 Happy Holidays from all of us at TLE!!

Schedule of Events for December
Monday December 4

Learning Links Workshop ~ 6:30 PM ~ all TLE members
Book Sales: 11:30—1:00 PM in front of cafeteria ~ general public

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Book Club: 7:30 room TBA ~ book club readers

Wednesday December 6 • Family Literacy Committee meeting: 1:00 PM ~ all volunteers interested in helping with the Family Literacy reading program at the elementary schools Thursday December 14

QELA Meeting: 9:00 AM MESB ~ QELA Board of Directors TLE Holiday Party: 6:30 PM ~ all TLE members

Monday December 18

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

Excellence in Literacy
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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!