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January 14, 2014

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

IFL Conversation Cafe
Feb. 4, 2014, 3pm, FESA

Deadline LOLA nominations
Feb. 14, 2014

Annual General Meeting
April 9, 2014, 3pm, The Elks

Life Of Learning Award
April 9, 2014, 4pm, The Elks

IFL Conversation Café

Have you registered yet for our Integrating Foundational Learning (IFL) Conversation Café?

If you want to see what the IFL buzz is about, join us on February 4 when the following IFL agencies will present with Terri Peters: The Drop-In Centre, MS Society, Canadian Mental Health Association and SCOPE's Integrated Community Kitchen. Everyone is welcome – feel free to bring your instructors!

Do you know the 9 essential skills? [tell me]

Adult Learning Specialist Terri Peters will give an orientation to the Essential Skills framework and how it helps facilitators reach adults at basic learning levels. IFL participants will show how they incorporated Terri’s training over the past year to help learners find success in their programs. Reworking program processes and adding plain language creates refreshing new space for adult learners to interact with content – often learning in ways they had never been able to before.

When:  Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Where: Further Education Society, #100, 5421-11th Street NE, Calgary
Time:    3-5 PM
(deadline is January 28)

Pay It Forward


Nominate one of your Adult Learners, Community Learning Champion, Group or Program for our Life Of Learning Award

DEADLINE = Valentine's Day

Do you admire someone who excels as an adult learner or adult educator? Is there a learning program or a group of people out there that deserve extra recognition? Consider this opportunity to honour this hardworking and enthusiastic individual or organization and send in our nomination form for the Life Of Learning Award.

The LOLAs celebrate and honour the contributions and accomplishments in the Calgary's adult learning field. The LOLAs are presented to outstanding educators and learners to recognize their dedication and spirit. They highlight the value of foundational learning and the differences education makes in our community.

Calgary Learns presents awards in the following categories:
  • Adult Learner: for a learner who stands out in his or her efforts to learn, loves learning, and inspires others by example.
  • Community Learning Champion: for an educator, community leader or strategist who has made a great contribution to community-based adult foundational learning.
  • NEW! Learning Communities: for a group or foundational learning program that stands out in innovation, effectiveness and breadth of reach into the adult learning community.
The individual award recipients will receive a unique, hand-carved stone sculpture and a $500 cash prize. The group award recipients will be recognized with a commemorative plaque and indisputable bragging rights for one year!

Anyone may nominate residents of Calgary who are  foundational learners or education innovators. Simply submit a completed nomination for your nominee(s) and include support letters from others to provide further information about your nominee(s)’ character and accomplishments. Let us know what makes them special!

The Life of Learning Awards will be presented at Calgary Learns’ award ceremony on Wednesday April 9, 2014. The nomination form is available on our website at: For more information email us at

Nomination Deadline is February 14, 2014

Need Assessment Report

Calgary Learns ended 2013 on a high note with the completion of our needs assessment for the Foundational Learning Needs for Adult Calgarians. We would like to thank the over 145 community members who generously shared their input and expertise throughout the process.

We hope it is a useful tool to other community organizations who work with learners at the foundational level. Calgary Learns is listening closely to the input shared as we undertake our planning both at the Board and organizational level. Watch for some new projects in 2014 to address some issues identified.

Although the formal needs assessment process has been completed, a reminder that Calgary Learns seeks input on an on-going basis in order that we can best meet the evolving needs in our community. We look forward to hearing from you and working together in 2014.

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, it's our brand new Website.

We are pleased to announce the release of our new website, designed with a fresh new look, user-friendly navigation, and updated with the latest information about adult learning in Calgary:

The website contains information about Calgary Learns' program and initiative funding for adult foundational learning. You can now find elaborated information about our events, resources, newsletters, membership and the Life Of Learning Awards (LOLA).

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site with its regular updates and that it will be yet another tool to further strengthen our voice for adult foundational learning opportunities in Calgary.

Member Profile: FESA

Further Education Society of Alberta (FESA) works with people who are striving to overcome social, economic, and educational barriers. They focus on learners with the lowest levels of literacy and education. They have four arms of work: research and curriculum development, facilitator training, community outreach and development, and literacy and parenting programming. Their educational programs are free and offer assistance to vulnerable learners from a variety of backgrounds.

“Envision a Canada where every man, woman and child reaches their potential, where every parent gets the help he or she needs, where there are no barriers to learning. This is the Canada we are working to build. We truly believe that education is the great equalizer and that the desire to learn is a powerfully motivating force. If we, as community members, can support someone's desire to learn we are giving that person the opportunity to change his or her life.”
For more information, visit their website:

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