Diversity in Literacy Conference

Saturday, May 25, 2024 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM | NorQuest College

Civic Employees Legacy Tower, Second Floor, Room 205/7/9


The Diversity and Literacy Conference on Saturday, May 25 was a great success! There were 63 adult learners, tutors, and other members of the community who took part in 17 diverse and engaging workshops in the morning and afternoon. Together with our presenters, staff, and incredible volunteers, there were 95 people who came together for a wonderful day of learning, sharing, and meeting new friends.

This was the biggest conference PALS has ever held, with more sessions and more workshops than we’ve ever done before.


Comments on the Conference

  • All of the workshops offered great resources
  • The organization was amazing
  • It was good to learn new things and be in a groove
  • I enjoyed everything but the room with the countries with presentation of the various languages and culture was my favourite.
  • The people who attended were lovely!
  • Helpful info and good to mingle with other tutors and learners
  • It was a very fun and learn from one another and join the team
  • This was great! Thank you!

Workshops for Both Adult Learners and Tutors

Session 1 Workshops: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

In the first session of the morning, participants learned: about Joy with a unique craft project; how to bridge language barriers with Google Translate; strategies for solving math problems from around the world; how to find self-compassion; about Indigenous teachings and traditional knowledge; and resources and strategies for tutoring.

Session 2 Workshops: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

In the second morning session, participants learned: about all the resources for learning that are available at the Edmonton Public Library; career advancement strategies for English language learners; about workers’ rights and job training resources; about keeping healthy with nutrition; the power of positivity in helping people learn; and how to use AI in adult education.

Session 3 Workshops: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

In the afternoon session, participants learned: about stories and folktales from around the world; about finding numbers and math in our daily lives; about empathy and managing emotions; about loneliness and finding ways to connect; and how educators can use Canva to create inclusive and diverse learning materials.

Comments on the Workshops

  • It was fun doing it, thank you!
  • Fantastic session – thank you!
  • I learned a lot of useful information for finding a good job and improving my skills
  • I had no idea the library had so many resources
  • I improved my knowledge that there is some place like CLAC can train you and be with you in all the processes
  • I really enjoyed this session. The most effective part for me was the hands-on practice with the resources shown.
  • Loved this workshop. I really needed this.
  • Very engaging, fun, and informative!

Thank you to the volunteers who helped us put everything together and made the event run smoothly! Debbie, Linda, Catherine, Mary, Sirui, Hafsa, Tchiakam, Annie, Kathleen, Eunice, Richard, and Tanner!

Thank you to our sponsors and partners, CLAC Foundation, NorQuest College, and ECALA, and donations from Telerose Printing, Davids Tea, Cookies by George, Mowbrey Gil LLP, Save-On Foods, Safeway, City Market, and Costco. Catering was provided by the Hallway Café.