Daniel, Literacy

Hi! My name is Daniel Scott My life was a struggle everyday before I came to P.A.L.S. I couldn’t read signs or the menu or the bus schedules. With my kids I couldn’t read to them and I couldn’t even play a board game with them. A lot of jobs require reading and writing skills Read More …

Annette, Literacy

Hi, my name is Annette. I am a full time mom and I have a full time job. I have hidden the fact that I had trouble reading and spelling my whole life. I had trouble in school and no teacher tried to help me. Somehow I survived and lived a good life. I got Read More …

Literacy Champion Award

Congratulations to Daniel Haines – this year’s recipient of the Literacy Champion Award! The Edmonton Literacy Coalition established the Literacy Champion Award in 2013 to recognize and honour those in our community who have demonstrated a dedication and commitment to literacy and learning. The award recognizes the valuable contributions made by Edmontonians to literacy and celebrates Read More …

Daniel, Literacy

Good evening, my name is Daniel Haines and I’m from Edmonton. I’m here today to tell you a bit about my literacy journey. From the time we were little my brother and I were always getting into trouble. We were sent to a reform school and then a boy’s farm. If we had gone back Read More …

David, Literacy

When I was in grade 2, I was injured in a tractor accident and missed a year or more of schooling. I never caught up. School became really hard. I didn’t fit in and couldn’t work in groups. I did my best to skip school. I dropped out of school completely in grade 8 and Read More …

Treassa, Literacy

I came to P.A.L.S. for help with reading and writing. My mom told me about P.A.L.S. She thought it would be a good place for me to get help to feel better about myself and to develop reading skills. This would help me with everyday life skills and also help me to help my children Read More …

Tony, Literacy

Jamaica: the land of sunshine, wood and water. This is where I was born. Playing in the woods was always fun. Going to school, I looked forward to playing marbles in the playground with my friends and eating sugar cane and mangos when the day was done. I left Jamaica and went to England in Read More …

Karen, Literacy

Hi I am Karen, and I have been asked to chat about myself, before P.A.L.S. and today. If it was still before PALS I would not be here, standing in front of you all. I learned very early in life to be invisible. I remember never feeling like I could excel and if people did Read More …

Jeanne, Literacy

Before I came to P.A.L.S. I winged it. I couldn’t read a lot of basic words and it was such a struggle. I didn’t understand what I was reading. I couldn’t pronounce a lot of words or understand what they meant so I slurred my speech. I knew that I sounded bad because people made Read More …

A Learner’s Song

We’ve all got dreams, We’ve all got hopes We’ve all got things we want to do I’m going to learn, I’m going to laugh And as I walk this road with you