Monday, January 16, 2006

SFL UQAM Update

Courtesy of Students for Literacy at the University of Quebec in Montreal:

Hi Everyone!

A little recall

Following this summer's much appreciated conference in Toronto, Frontier College - UQAM decided to publish a monthly newsletter to create a Frontier College community across the campuses and a forum where events and ideas can be shared.

It seemed like the perfect way to build on the energy and motivation created at the conference. In Toronto, we met and learned from our a diverse group of people all working towards a common goal.

You'll find attached to this email the January 15th edition of the newsletter. We hope that you will enjoy reading it and will share it with your colleagues

However, if you don't want to receive it, please let us know and we will remove your name from the distribution list.

We hope to hear from you soon!

January Fifteen Edition 2006 by Noëmi Ral, President and editor, design by Nicolas Tremblay

Hi,
Before we begin, Happy New Year to all the members of the Frontier College family, I hope you all had wonderful holidays.

You will be happy to hear that the troops are doing well! 2005 ended in style with our Christmas Party that was attended by many volunteers and students who all celebrated the year’s accomplishments. The fall semester was more than a success: 11 volunteers and 2 reading circles taught 19 kids (totaling 365 hours!), 11 homework helper volunteers worked with 12 children (for 296 hours) and 18 tutors total 388 hours! Congratulations to our volunteers!!!

Diane, one of our students, thanked us for our work by reading an address to Diego Gallego, our coordinator and the dedicated Nicolas Tremblay during the Christmas party Christmas Speech to Diego and Nicolas Diane and Noëmi wish a Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone at Frontier College.

I’m very happy seeing Noëmi every Friday to read talk and learn. Thanks to Véronique and Noëmi, I’ve learned to read and count. If Diego hadn’t been there at the start, everything would be much more complicated for me. Now I’m doing well. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2006 started off well with the information session, a dozen volunteers on the executive committee participated: The missions of the various committees were announced and discussion on how to improve occurred, it was a constructive meeting.

On the 7th of January, Blandine Constant, our VP attended the pan-Canadian conference call organized by the head office. During the call, media relations, specifically the communications concerning Scrabble night in Canada to the local media, were discussed. Representatives from Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Sherbrooke and Moncton campuses were also present.

We are thinking hard Futur events :

January 19th : Buy a “Latte for literacy” at your local Starbucks!

Frontier College has renewed its partnership with Starbucks Coffee Canada. Once again, the partnership is multi-levelled, involving both financial and advertising support. The money raised from Lattes for Literacy will go directly to support the Summer Writing Camps and an ABC Canada program called "Gift of Words."

January 24th : 30 minutes presentation (as a follow up to Dec 8th 10min presentation) about Frontier College’s work to Pierre Doray’s sociology course.

January 27th : Family literacy day, which includes a conference and a reading tent in UQAM, with the participation of the children at the Mamuse daycare center, to help raise awareness..

March 11th : After an invitation by Lisette Dupras a Kiosk. a reading tent will be setup in Angrignon mall as part of intellectual difficulty week.

Good luck with the start of the semester, with recruitment, matching and kiosks!!! I hope this year will be even more successful than last!

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