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NEWS RELEASE · 8th September 2010
Ministry of Advanced Education
Sixty-four community based literacy programs will help B.C. adults upgrade their education and enhance their basic skills so they can make the most of their potential and careers, announced Moira Stilwell, Minister for Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.

"Literate people create strong communities and strong communities build a strong province," Stilwell said. "The thousands of people helped through this year's programs alone will have the skills they need to be better workers, and better citizens."

Government has committed $2.4 million this year to support community adult literacy programs. The 64 programs being funded through the Province's Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP) will be delivered through partnerships between community groups and B.C.'s public post secondary institutions.

"Literacy is more than words, it is the key to personal success and the fabric that knits communities together," said Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. "Supporting literacy and lifelong learning is vitally important work."

CALP programs receive up to $40,000 each to provide instruction and support to adult learners in everything from basic literacy to high school completion. Most offer one-on-one tutoring by trained volunteers, small group classes and other types of learning tailored to adults, Aboriginal people, young parents and people living in poverty.

CALP programs are offered in a variety of settings - schools, non-profit organizations, native friendship and community centres, mostly run by volunteers. Programs focus on the individual goals of learners such as improving their literacy skills in order to enhance the quality of their lives, improve their employment opportunities, and increase their involvement in their families and communities.

This year's Community Adult Literacy Program is expected to benefit close to 7,000 British Columbians. Since 2001, government has invested $15.9 million in CALP, helping more than 70,000 adults learn how to read or improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills.

The Province has invested $1.4 billion in literacy and literacy-related initiatives since 2001, which includes literacy initiatives to support preschool-aged children, K-12 students and adult learners.

COMMUNITY ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM GRANTS

The community adult literacy funding supports programs all around the province delivered by community groups working with B.C.'s public post-secondary institutions. Programs for 2010-11 are in the following communities (Bolded are the programs in the Sacred Circle):

* 100 Mile House: Thompson Rivers University / Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society

* Abbotsford: University of the Fraser Valley / Abbotsford Community Services

* Abbotsford: University of the Fraser Valley / Abbotsford Community Services Family Centre & School District 34

* Agassiz: University of the Fraser Valley / Agassiz-Harrison Community Services

* Aldergrove-Langley: Kwantlen Polytechnic University / Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services Society

* Atlin: Northern Lights College / Atlin Learning Centre

* Bella Coola: North Island College / Bella Coola Learning Society

* Campbell River: North Island College / Campbell River Community Literacy Association

* Castlegar and area: Selkirk College / Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

* Chetwynd: Northern Lights College / Tansi Friend Centre and Chetwyn Public Library

* Chilliwack: University of the Fraser Valley / Chilliwack Community Services

* Courtenay: North Island College / Community Adult Literacy and Learning Society (Adult Literacy)

* Dawson Creek: Northern Lights College / Dawson Creek Literacy Society

* East Kootenay: College of the Rockies / Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Family Literacy)
* East Kootenay: College of the Rockies / Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Adult Literacy)

* Fort St. James: College of New Caledonia / CNC-Fort St. James Campus
* Fort St. John: Northern Lights College / Fort St. John Literacy Society

* Fort Nelson: Northern Lights College / Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society (Family Literacy)
* Fort Nelson: Northern Lights College / Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society (Family drop-in program)

* Hazelton: Northwest Community College / Storytellers' Foundation

* Hope and area: University of the Fraser Valley / The Fraser Cascade Literacy Task Initiative

* Houston: Northwest Community College / Houston Link to Learning
* Houston: Northwest Community College / Houston Link to Learning (Aboriginal program)

* Kamloops: Thompson Rivers University / School District 73 (Twin Rivers Education Centre)
* Kamloops: Thompson Rivers University / Secwepemc Cultural Education Society

* Kispiox: Northwest Community College / Learners Opportunity Group Society (LOGS)

* Kitimat: Northwest Community College / Kitimat Community Services Society

* Lillooet: Thompson Rivers University / Lillooet Area Library Association

* Mission: University of the Fraser Valley / Mission Literacy Association

* Nanaimo: Vancouver Island University / Literacy Nanaimo

* Nelson and area: Selkirk College / Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

* North Vancouver: Capilano University / John Braithwaite Community Centre

* Parksville: Vancouver Island University / Central Vancouver Island Job Opportunities Building Society

* Penticton: Okanagan College / The Okanagan Similkameen Learning Centre

* Port Alberni: North Island College / Literacy Alberni Society
* Port Alberni: North Island College / Port Alberni Friendship Centre

* Port Hardy and Area: North Island College / Mt. Waddington Family Literacy Committee and School District 85 (Family Literacy)

* Powell River: Vancouver Island University / Powell River Employment Program (PREP) Society

* Prince George: College of New Caledonia / Prince George Native Friendship Centre

* Prince Rupert: Northwest Community College / Prince Rupert Community Enrichment Society

* Prophet River: Northern Lights College / Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society (Resource Centre)

* Queen Charlotte and area: Northwest Community College / Literacy Haida Gwaii

* Quesnel: College of New Caledonia / North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Literacy Program

* Revelstoke: Okanagan College / Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
* Revelstoke: Okanagan College / Revelstoke Literacy Action Committee Community Group

* Salmon Arm: Okanagan College / Shuswap Children's Association

* Samahquam: Capilano University / Samahquam Band

* Sechelt: Capilano University / Sechelt Public Library

* Smithers / Moricetown: Northwest Community College / Kyah Wiget Education Society
* Smithers: Northwest Community College / Smithers Community Services Association


* South Cariboo Region: Thompson Rivers University / Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy Society

* Squamish: Capilano University / Communites That Care
* Squamish: Capilano University / Squamish Volunteer Centre

* Terrace: Northwest Community College / Kermode Friendship Society
* Terrace: Northwest Community College / The Terrace Volunteer Bureau


* Valemount: College of New Caledonia / Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
* Valemount: College of New Caledonia / Valemount Learning Society

* Vancouver: Capilano University / Carnegie Community Centre
* Vancouver: Capilano University / Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of BC
* Vancouver: Capilano University / Strathcona Community Centre
* Vancouver: Capilano University / Templeton Hub/Hastings Community School

* Victoria: Camosun College / Literacy Victoria
* Victoria: Camosun College / Literacy Victoria

* Williams Lake: Thompson Rivers University / Cariboo Chilcotin for Literacy Society