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March 28, 2014

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

Annual General Meeting
April 9, 3pm, The Elks

Life Of Learning Award
April 9, 4pm, The Elks

Community Consultation
May 29, 9am-12pm, TBA

Initiative Funding - Call for Proposals

Each spring Calgary Learns provides grants to a maximum of $10,000 for Initiative Projects to research, develop and/or pilot innovative foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians. We strongly encourage anyone with an innovative project idea to give Jeannie Finch a call prior to beginning a proposal. As our long-time Grants Coordinator, Jeannie is happy to hear about your funding needs and can provide advice on Calgary Learns’ funding mandate and eligibility requirements as they relate to your idea.
Proposal Previews – an opportunity to discuss draft proposals with Calgary Learns staff
We also invite applicants to meet one-on-one with Jeannie to receive feedback on draft proposals prior to the proposal deadline. She is taking Proposal Preview appointments May 12th through 23rd. Simply set up an appointment with Jeannie and email her a your draft proposal 4 – 5 days ahead of your appointment date.

Contact: Jeannie Finch at 403-266-6444 ext.2 to discuss your project ideas and to book Proposal Previews.

Final Initiative project proposals will be accepted until 4 PM Monday, June 2, 2014.

For more information, please visit our website.


Run Calgary Learns, run!!

In our Needs Assessment, the learning community expressed a need for more opportunities for professional development which would enable educators to better address the needs of learners at the foundational level. Calgary Learns is putting a team in the marathon for the third year and we decided to direct all funds raised for this purpose. Last year's marathon added an additional $4,046 to our 2014 Initiative Grants.
  1. Would you like to join our team?  Contact Nancy to walk or run with us (as a group we enter the 10k and walk it, but registration is also open for the 5K, half or full marathon).  We had a great time last year and this year is the 50th Anniversary of the marathon.  There is a reduced registration fee before March 31st.
  2. Would you like to sponsor a runner? Visit the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon website to sponsor a walker who is walking for the foundational learning community.


Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014. 
The legislation is intended to deter spam, and will have an impact on the commercial messages that charities and nonprofit organizations use to communicate with their stakeholders. This legislation has raised a variety of questions and concerns from the charitable sector, including a need to further define the differences between commercial messaging and fundraising messaging, and the financial and administrative implications of compliance.

The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) held an excellent info session on February 25, 2014. Check their website for more information.


Clear Language Driver's Guide

Obtaining a driver's license has been identified as one of the top three barrier to employment for low-literacy learners, and this becomes especially significant in rural areas. Literacy Alberta has created the Clear Language Driver's Guide which is designed to help learners get their license, and by extension, participate more fully in Alberta's economy.


Member Profiles: Theatre and Dance

Two of our members are local arts organizations that work with people with disabilities: Inside Out Theatre and MoMo Dance Theatre. They both have performance scheduled in April:
  • Inside Out Theatre presents "Mrs. Pizza and the Dragon's Diamond" on April 3, 4 & 5 2014 at the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts
  • MoMo Dance Theatre presents "Fly with us" on April 11 & 12, 2014 at Vertigo Theatre

In Case You Missed It

Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the loop:
  • Are you studying for your citizenship test? The Calgary Public Library offers classes and workshops
  • Congratulations to CMHA's Street Outreach team. They won the United Way Calgary George Blondeau Aboriginal Support & Awareness Builder Award.
  • RESOURCE ALERT: = comprehensive inventory of Essential Skills initiatives aimed at First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
  • Rural Routes launched the Practices of an ESL Instructor Self-Assessment Tool. These manageable “I can” statements help promote self-reflection and self- assessment in the work of ESL practitioners.
  • Check out, a website that translates hard English into easier English.
  • Have you heard about / used ALIS? Find out more!!
  • FUNDING ALERT: Initiative Grants info is now on our website. Max of $10K to research, develop or pilot innovative adult learning.
  • Walk or run with us on June 1!! There is a reduced registration fee until March 31st. All funds raised go to Initiative Grants.
  • Mark your calendar: April 5 Literacy Alberta's Learner Conference. Great for both learners and tutors with the focus on goal setting.
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