It Looks Like Me – United Way Campaign 2017

Your donation changes real lives. Here is Danny’s story: As a young man Danny’s home life was in disarray. Danny and his brother ran away and joined the circus. He learned many new skills and trades during his 12 years. “I learned how to be an electrician, painter, a sheet metal person, a truck driver,” 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 …

Harjinder, Math Literacy

My name is Harjinder Boparai. After completing grade 10 in India, I helped my family on the farm. In 1993, my family – parents and brothers and sisters moved to Canada. I wanted to go to school but could not because of the cost. I looked for a job. It turned out to be difficult Read More …

Crystal, LELL – Literacy for English Language Learners

My name is Crystal Liu and I am from Taiwan. I wanted to immigrate to Canada because I feel it is a good country to live in. When the opportunity came I emigrated. Before coming to Canada I could speak a little English. In Taiwan every student studies English stating in junior high school, but Read More …

Augustin, Math Literacy

My name is Augustin Avril. I came to Canada from St. Lucia on February 25th, 1995. I remember, it was snowing that day. I came to Edmonton and joined my dad’s family business. I used to drive trucks. I had very low literacy and math skills. If I did not see the company name before making 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 …

Gabor, Math Literacy

Gabor is 32 years old. He is currently working at a job that does not give him satisfaction, so he is working hard to move forward towards his dream. He wants to be in a profession that he feels passionate about. Gabor was a shy child and although he completed Grade 12, he felt anxious Read More …

Murayo, LELL – Literacy for English Language Learners

Murayo came to Canada from Somalia in 2007 at the age of 18 with her new husband. Murayo was pre-literate, she had never been to school in Somalia, and she did not know the alphabet or how to read or write. Murayo remembers with sadness how difficult life was when she could not speak a 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 …