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Team Conference

May 28, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Workshops for Adult Learners and Volunteer Tutors

Meet new people

Student and Tutor Speakers

Door prizes

Have fun!

Registration is limited to 80 participants.
Register by Monday, May 23, 2016.

Schedule for the day

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Register
9:15 a.m. Greetings
9:30 a.m. Workshops

11:30 a.m. Lunch and presentations
Greetings from P.A.L.S. President of the Board Student Speakers
Volunteer Tutor Speakers NorQuest College Presentation

1:00 p.m. Workshops
3:00 p.m. Conference Evaluation Door Prizes

Professional Development Workshops


Do you want a trade? Meet with an Apprenticeship Board Representative
Find out how to enter an apprenticeship program and get your papers as a trades person. Have your questions answers.
Ed Giffen is a representative from Apprenticeship and Industry Training. He will give you the information you need and answer your questions.

Develop Your Leadership Skills
Want to develop your leadership skills. Become a leader! This workshop is geared to adult learners.
Michael Bevan is the Media and Public Relations Manager for the Building Trades of Alberta, managing the website and social media, marketing and branding efforts of the BTA. He also works as a Senior Training Consultant with Achieve Training Centre, where he creates and delivers webinars and workshops on a range of professional development topics such as Leadership, Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution.

Move your body. Stretch your mind!
Join us for some gentle stretching that will help your body relax and let go of tension. You will feel more focused and settled. You don’t need equipment, just wear comfortable clothes. We will do these stretches in a chair or standing beside a chair.
Candice Jackson is certified by the Yoga Association of Alberta as a yoga instructor. I like yoga because, no matter how long you have been practising, there is always something to learn. I enjoy sharing yoga and learning with others.

Improv Theatre
Improvised theatre is the art of acting without a script. Here you will learn the basics of how to tell a story spontaneously through warm-up games and scene work that will help you remain positive and build collective creation skills. Improv is about trust and saying yes so be prepared to laugh your way through this fun filled workshop.
Todd Houseman is an actor and professional improviser with Rapid Fire theatre and has been for 7 seasons. He enjoys the play and teamwork attached to improvisational theatre and can be found performing on stages around the city but primarily in the Zeidler Hall in the Citadel. His summers are spent on the fringe road with his show Folk Lordz which often bridges the gap between Indigenous and Settler communities in the pursuit of Decolonization.

Tutor Professional Development

Outcomes Workshop and Volunteer Tutor Roundtable
Volunteer tutors will see how their reports on outcomes are compiled for the Outcomes review presented to the Board of Directors and forms the basis of the Annual Report. In the Roundtable tutors have an opportunity to meet and share successes and learn from each other.
Outcomes – Shirley Sandul, Executive Director of P.A.L.S.
Roundtable – Bonnie Caron, Literacy Coordinator, Monica Das, Coordinator Math Literacy, and Helen McCabe, Coordinator Literacy for English Language Learners.


Target Your Resume and Get the Job
This session will give you practical tools to write an effective resume that should attract the attention of the employer. Practical tools: important Do’s and Don’t’s; gather the right information about you; target your resume for each job; importance of knowing your skills; and create a reference list.
Catherine Armstrong has been helping job seekers create effective resumes and focus their job search for 20 years. Her down to earth approach has helped hundreds of people find meaningful work.

Health and Safety Rights for Workers
Learn workers rights and responsibilities, occupational health/safety How to identify workplace dangers (hazards)
How to protect workers
How to refuse unsafe work (imminent danger)
Representatives from New Alberta Workers which is a collaboration between Alberta Workers’ Health Centre, Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary and Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative.

Details and Emotions in Creative Writing
Examine some of the aspects of effective creative writing. We will look at the use of strong details, imagination, and the fluent mix of the factual and fictional elements. We will discuss how creative writing may be less than factual, but is still convincing and valuable since it represents emotional truths.
Michael Lahey has taught many courses at the University of Alberta, including creative nonfiction. He is the co-author of the successful Canadian textbook Acting on Words (Pearson, 2012). Michael’s main scholarly areas are American and Canadian literature and law and literature.

Improv Theatre
See morning workshop for Description.

Aboriginal Culture Workshop – Dream Catcher
Make a dream catcher. Materials are provided.
Darlene Logan, a Métis Artisan from Alberta who has made her home in Morinville, Alberta for the last seventeen (17) years, is continuing the traditional from her grandmother in traditional bead and leather work. Historically, the Métis people were known as the ‘beaded flower people” and were renown for there beautiful floral bead designs.

Tutor Professional Development

Total Physical Response
A TPR lesson involves the learner from the start, as they are given a set of instructions, shown the actions and get to carry them out. The instructions are repeated and the group will carry out the same actions, the body helps the brain to interpret and remember the meaning of those instructions.
Adèle Fontaine is a dedicated LELL and FSL language teacher with more than
20 years of experience. She is presently an instructor at the U of A English Language School.

Safety Valves for Pressure-Cooking Times
If you’re faced with increased workloads and more demands on your time off the job, you might find yourself stewing in the pressure cooker of life. Explore those safety valves designed to cope with that pressure.
During this informative, laughter-filled, and solution-oriented session, you will release some steam, reduce that stress, and re-charge your batteries!
Sue Paulson is an inspirational speaker, an author, and an educator, Sue has been delighting audiences for over 30 years. Through workshops, talks, and her books, she invites her participants to love their magnificent selves by reducing fears and increasing self-awareness.

Lead Effectively
The ability to lead effectively is an essential skill for everyone to have, from student to pastor to parent to CEO. In this two-hour workshop, we will discuss some of the core elements of effective leadership including how to get buy-in and motivate others, and tips and tricks to keep in mind while performing, so as to present your best, most confident face to the people you are trying to engage.
Michael Bevan see morning description.

There is no cost for the conference. Participation is limited to 80.

If you register and cannot attend, please call P.A.L.S. – 780-424-5514


May 28, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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P.A.L.S. – Project Adult Literacy Society


NorQuest College
10215 108 St NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1L6 Canada
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Fundraising Activities

  • Casino – To be announced
  • Raffle Tickets – Available to be sold in April; draw is in August
  • Used Book Sales – In the summer; dates and locations to be set

Focus Groups

June, July, and August  – Every year P.A.L.S. invites students and volunteers tutors to share ideas and suggestions to improve, and let us know how we are doing