LOLA Profile - Adult Learner: Lloyd Thornhill
(photo: Lloyd (middle) with Bow Valley College staff, Candace, Puja, Debra, Berniece)
Lloyd Thornhill, who turns 69 this year, was born and raised on Brunette Island, a tiny island off the south coast of Newfoundland. Learning was extremely difficult for Lloyd in his all-ages school class. With no supports in place, he spent many a day colouring at the back of the classroom. After struggling to achieve a Grade 6 education, Lloyd led a quiet and sheltered life for the next several decades, living with his parents and working as a janitor in a nursing home.
Fast forward to 2000, when Lloyd moved west to be closer to his siblings. Since living in Calgary, his love for learning has exploded. Lloyd’s action plan to independent living has included non-stop participation in a broad range of programs: literacy, financial literacy, life skills, arts classes, computer training, personal safety and photography, to name just a few.
Lloyd is a hardworking and attentive student. He also serves tirelessly as an advocate for the disability community, joining advisory boards and action groups and clocking hundreds of volunteer hours for such organizations as the Interfaith Thrift Store, Vecova, and CareWest. Lloyd speaks passionately in public forums for the rights of all citizens to be able to access educational opportunities throughout their lifespan.
Lloyd has a dogged determination to reach his learning goals. It has been his life-long dream to be able to read and write, and through persistence and hard work, this dream is now coming true. But he’s not stopping there. In Lloyd’s own words, he’s just getting started. Bravo, Lloyd! You’re an inspiration to us all.