Maria, Literacy for English Language Learners Student

Hello, good evening. My name is Maria. I´m from Mexico. I would like to tell you about my journey learning English. I started two and a half years ago when I came to Canada. First of all, the English language has always been important in my life. Since I was a child I have been Read More …

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 …

Duane, Math Literacy

I, Duane Alexander Payne grew up and went to school in Edmonton. During my teen years I was too busy partying – trying to be cool, not too concerned about my future and taking everything for granted. I did very little to keep up with my studies and even though I had no learning barriers Read More …

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 …

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 …

Literacy Changes Everything

Better literacy can mean better jobs, better health, more self-esteem, self-respect, self-confidence, new opportunities… being able to read and write and do basic math makes such a difference in people’s lives.