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January 28, 2015

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

Life Of Learning Awards
Nomination deadline
February 14, 2015

IFL workshops
March 31, April 7, 14, 21 & 28

Annual General Meeting &
Life Of Learning Awards

April 22, 2015

The Life Of Learning Awards (The LOLAs)

Tell Us Who You Love!!
February 14 is Valentine's Day. It is also the last day to nominate someone for our Life Of Learning Awards!! Let us know by then who you love. An outstanding adult learner? An exceptional facilitator? Is there a learning program or project out there that deserve extra recognition? How about an extra-ordinary funder? Click HERE for full details on each of the awards. 

Our new category this year is the THANKS A BUNCH award, where you can highlight a funder (individual or corporation) who’s commitment and financial contribution helps support the needs of adult foundational level learners.

Although we have highlighted our 2014 LOLA recipients in our previous newsletters, we would like to showcase our Adult Learner Loraine Luterbach. Hopefully when you read her story, you will be inspired and think of somebody you'd like to nominate.

In 1953, when Loraine Luterbach was born, many parents of persons with developmental disabilities were told that their children were unable to learn and grow as “regular” people. That’s not Loraine’s story—her life is dedicated to personal growth through learning. Her passions are self-advocacy, plain language translation and, more recently, financial literacy. 
Loraine’s attitude to learning is contagious. She quickly embodies elements of what she learns and demonstrates it with pride and persistence. Loraine regularly takes part in professional self-advocacy activities and has spoken on self-advocacy at conferences in San Francisco, Washington, Alaska and New York. She actively builds her workplace skills, working one day a week at Rocky Mountain Analytical Labs, volunteering at the Picture This Film Festival and more. She also works as a plain language translator on Vecova’s Research Services team. Loraine clearly understands that if she can access written information and learn from it, then so can others like her. After many years on the team, Loraine is now a mentor, helping peers learn the skills to be plain language translators.
Loraine knows herself as a strong learner. This has freed her from stigmas associated with her cognitive disabilities and she continues to use learning to face each new challenge. For example, Loraine has educated herself on how to care for her elderly parents and to manage her own health issues. Currently, she is learning to manage her money, something her mom once did for her.

Loraine has earned the respect of her peers, co-workers and the many professionals who support her—a true inspiration.

Do you want to read more? Check out our past recipients.

Breaking News!! More funding available.

Calgary Learns is thrilled to announce new funding from Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education specifically for Aboriginal Literacy and Foundational Learning programs in Calgary. Watch for upcoming details as this new funding stream rolls out.


IFL workshops are back!

Including literacy and essential skills practices in your programs will help learners understand and use your program content better. The Integrated Foundational Learning (IFL) program has 5 workshops which will help you integrate literacy and essential skills into your programs.

The program includes:
  • Training Workshops: (taking place from 9 AM until noon at CNIB
  1. March 31 - Introduction to Literacy & Essential Skills
  2. April 7 - Introduction to Facilitation Skills
  3. April 14 - Advanced Facilitation Skills
  4. April 21 - Plain Language for Clear Communication
  5. April 28 - Measurement & Evaluation of Learning
  • Mentorship from a literacy specialist (limited number available)
  • Customized workshops on literacy and essential skills for your organization, if you are chosen to receive a mentor.
Cost: $20/workshop for members or $30/workshop for non-members. Not sure if your organization is a member? Check our list of members.
To sign up for the workshops, please click HERE.

Running for PD in the Calgary Marathon

On several occasions the Adult Learning community has expressed a need to learn more about how to best address the complex needs of adults who learn at the foundational level. Calgary Learns is once again running in the Calgary Marathon and will direct all funds raised to Professional Development for educators. This way the impact of the funds will continue to benefit learners into the future.

Would you like to join us this year and support further innovations in this field to address the needs of adult learners? 

So, let's have some fun and run with us (our charity challenge code is 88899) or consider donating to this cause.

Please contact Nicky if you have any questions.

In 2014 our small but mighty Calgary Learns
marathon team raise $5,350.

Membership: new & renew

Calgary Learns would like to thank our members for their continued support. Calgary Learns membership allows you to be part of a networking community with strategic connections and the collective ability to shape the learning landscape for foundational learners.

Together we strengthen Calgary's voice for adult foundational learning.  

Calgary Learns is committed to supporting our membership in the following ways:  
  • Advocating for foundational learners with government, funders and within our community
  • Convening education providers to network and share best practices and resources
  • Offering shared learning and professional development opportunities
  • Providing funding opportunities
  • Celebrating leaders in our field at the Life of Learning Awards (the LOLAs)
The perks of Membership include:
  • Special member pricing for any Calgary Learns sponsored training sessions (the 2015 line-up will include: IFL training workshops and mentoring, upcoming training to support Aboriginal programming)
  • Complimentary tickets to our Life of Learning Awards (the LOLAs)
  • Funding opportunities through our Program Funding, Initiative Funding and NEW Aboriginal Literacy and Foundational Learning Funding
  • One vote at our Annual General Meeting
  • The opportunity to participate in our Community Consultations on local learning needs
  • Complimentary tickets to our December networking session 
  • Our newsletter “The Connector” with links to the latest research, resources and information from the adult learning community.
If you are not a member, consider joining and increasing collective voice for adults learning at the foundational level. You can find our organizational and individual membership forms on our website:

A big THANK YOU to our Funded Programs

January is a busy time for organizations that receive Calgary Learns funding. Thank you ALL for keeping on top of your communications with us. We appreciate the work you have put into reporting on 2014 activities and for your diligence in ensuring we understand your plans for 2015.

This funding supports good programming for sure - and some fantastic staff across the city. It is a pleasure to work with you on behalf of your learners.

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