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May 11, 2015

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

Aboriginal Funding
Sharing Circle

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
9:30 AM - noon at FESA

Community Consultation
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
9 AM - 2 PM at CNIB

Learning and Attention Difficulties
June 3 and 10, 2015
Time & location: TBA

Aboriginal Initiative Funding


We are very excited to announce the new funding from Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education that will support programs that deliver literacy and foundational skills development to adult Aboriginal learners. We are hopeful that this new funding will assist in closing the knowledge gaps in adult Aboriginal learners in order to bridge them on their learning journeys to further education or meaningful careers.

Please check out our website for the first Aboriginal Initiative Grant and connect with our new Aboriginal Liaison Monique Fry for more information and support. She can be reached by phone at 403-266-6444 ext. 4 or via email at
Application deadline: June 10, 2015.

Monique will be working with Aboriginal community members and adult educators over the next few months to work on upcoming calls for proposals and the creation of an Aboriginal Advisory Council that will continue to support the direction of Calgary Learns. To commence this process we would like to invite organizations interested in or currently support programs that deliver literacy and foundational skills development to adult Aboriginal learners.

Please join us in a sharing circle conversation on Wednesday May 13th, 2015, 9:30am-12:00pm at FESA.

Come prepared to learn about the RFP process and share your thoughts on the following:
  1. What programs do you currently offer that focus on adult learners?
  2. How could this funding assist your organization to address the gaps in essential skills for adult Aboriginal learners?
  3. Would you consider partnering with a similar organization, and if so what would you bring to the partnership?
  4. Would you be interested in sitting on Aboriginal Advisory Council for Calgary Learns?
Please RSVP by Monday May 11th to Monique Fry at or 403.266.6444 ext. 4. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us at any time. See you then!

Join our Community Consultation

When:  May 26th, 2015, 9 am- 1:30 pm
Where: CNIB, 15 Colonel Baker Place NE, Calgary
Who: Program Leadership (coordinators, EDs)
What: Information, Input, Conversation and Lunch
We look forward to gathering with you to discuss a few upcoming shifts in Calgary Learns funding. These shifts are a result of revisions to the provincial operating guidelines that govern our learning grants. Join us for an interactive morning to learn more about these changes and provide valued input as Calgary Learns works to align our granting with these new guidelines. 

This event  will include lunch. RSVP by May 21.

We need your help - survey

One of the province’s proposed changes is an increase in tracking of numerical data. Most of our sister Community Adult Learning Councils across the province provide direct programming and can easily accommodate this new tracking. As a granting council Calgary Learns does not work directly with learners, therefore we are negotiating with the province to clarify what data is valuable for us to request from funded programs.

To help with our negotiations, we need your help. We would love to get a baseline of current data you track in your Calgary Learns-funded programs. Please complete the following survey by May 15th to show what you currently track. It should only take 5-7 minutes to complete:

Calgary Marathon - May 31

Calgary Learns is once again running (read: walking) in the Calgary Marathon (read: 10K) and will direct all funds raised to Professional Development for adult educators of foundational learning in Calgary. 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 (walk) with us (our charity challenge code is 88899) or consider donating directly to this cause.

Please contact Nicky if you have any questions.

Initiative Funding - June 1 deadline

Every spring, Calgary Learns accepts applications for one-time grants to address emerging learning needs and new approaches in adult foundational learning. Initiative grants support research, curriculum development and/or piloting of new programming. This year the Initiative grant maximum is $20,000. 

Proposal deadline: June 1st. For details and application forms, visit our website.

Ensure your initiative is a fit-call before starting your application
We strongly encourage anyone with an innovative idea to give Jeannie Finch a call prior to beginning a proposal.  As our long-time Grants Coordinator, Jeannie welcomes the chance to discuss your idea and offer advice regarding Calgary Learns’ funding mandate and process.

Get feedback on your draft proposal – book a Proposal Preview
Proposal Previews are an opportunity to receive feedback on your proposal prior to submitting your final draft. We invite applicants to meet with Jeannie at our office to preview your draft Initiative proposal during the week of May 18 through 22. Contact Jeannie to arrange a meeting and email her a draft of your proposal 4 to 5 days prior to that date. 

Jeannie can be reached at 403-266-6444, ext 2 or

Save the Date - PD

Circle June 3 and 10 on your calendar for an upcoming professional development opportunity on Learning and Attention Difficulties: how they present and strategies to help your learners.  Calgary Learns is so pleased to be partnering with CanLearn Society to offer this opportunity.  Details will follow. 

Thank You!!

Big thank you to Lesra Martin, Barb Higgins and all the attendees at our Life Of Learning Awards event on April 22. Also, a special thank you to Don Bunch for sponsoring our event and Fort Calgary for hosting. And congratulation to our colleague Jeannie Finch, for her 20+ years of work in this field. 

We will highlight the LOLA winners in our upcoming newsletter editions.

In case you missed it

Make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the loop:
  • Welcome to our newest staff member Monique Fry!! @LadyMFry
  • Our LOLA event took place @fortcalgary = a wonderful location, great food and fantastic staff!!
  • A BIG thank you to Don Bunch for sponsoring our Life Of Learning Awards !!
  • Thank you Don for taking the wonderful photos at our LOLA event. @donmolyneaux
  • For 20+ years dedication, Jeannie Finch won her own Life Of Learning Award!! We're soooo proud.
  • Debra King @BowValley was beaming as she presented the Adult Learner LOLA to Shala Quinn. Congratulations Shala!!
  • The Rotary Club Of Calgary received Thanks-A-Bunch Award at our LOLAs. Congrats @rotaryyyc and thanks for supporting @BowValley
  • And the LOLA goes to .... VESL in the Learning Communities Category. @BowValley @calgarylibrary @ccis @YWCAofCalgary
  • Congratulations to Debbie Wiebe @CMHACalgary, the winner of our LOLA Learning Champion Award
  • Barb Higgins was the glue that kept our LOLA event together - Thank You!! @Barb_Higgins
  • Thank you to Lesra Martin for being our inspiring keynote speaker at our LOLAs yesterday!! @L_martin4
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