PALS AGM and Learner & Volunteer Recognition Celebration 2024

We had a wonderful event on April 23 to celebrate everything and everyone that makes PALS such a great organization. Our event was held at the beautiful historic Government House. We started with our Annual General Meeting and PALS President, Chris Ward, gave a review of PALS last year of operations. We also met the members of the Board of Directors who set the framework that keeps PALS going and growing!

The AGM was followed by our Learner and Volunteer Recognition Celebration. Staff members Ravneet and Jalpa did a great job hosting this part of the event. We were very excited to have Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani and her husband, His Honour, Dr. Zaheer Lakhani attend our reception. We want to thank Her Honour for her warm words about PALS and the work we are doing.


At the event, we celebrated all the hard work and commitment of our learners! LELL and Digital Literacy learner Elenita shared her inspiring PALS story with a video. 

Phil Beakhouse Learner Achievement Award

We also presented the Phil Beakhouse Award to Math Literacy learner Labros, who has shown incredible dedication and commitment to improving his Math and Science skills. All his hard work helped him to pass his NAIT Trade entrance exam even though he faced many challenges to do so.

Congratulations to all the nominees! Labros, Aidan, Max, Olena, Kathleen, and Virginia were all nominated by their tutors for this special recognition.

Shirley Sandul Memorial Award

The Shirley Sandul Memorial Award was presented to long time tutor Catherine for her many years of hard work to support PALS and her learners. She has made a big difference in many lives.

We also expressed our sincere gratitude to the many volunteer tutors that are the backbone of PALS programs! Math Literacy tutor James shared his “awesome” experience as a tutor which reminded us of what tutors receive in exchange for what they give to learners.  And tutors and learners both received recognition certificates in honour of all their hard work. Once again thank you to all the volunteers and learners for your continued commitment to literacy! We truly cannot say thank you enough!

Well-known author and broadcaster Satya Das was our guest speaker and reminded us about the fact that without literacy skills, individuals will be excluded in all aspects of society. It highlighted the deep value of what we do at PALS. We then ended the evening with a beautiful video message from our learners and tutors on what PALS is all about. And, of course, the event would not be complete without some lively conversation while enjoying yummy finger foods. We saw people off with tea and chocolate takeaways which was a tasty way to close our event and say one last “Thank you!” We look forward to seeing all of you again at next year’s celebration!