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 …

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 …

Yohannes, LELL – Literacy for English Language Learners

My name is Yohannes, and I am from Eritrea. I am very pleased to share my story and my learning journey at P.A.L.S. with you this evening. I was introduced to P.A.L.S. in 2012 by my first cousins who tutor at P.A.L.S. In Eritrea I was an assistant nurse and an orthopaedic technician in Uganda. Read More …

Tony, Literacy

Jamaica: the land of sunshine, wood and water. This is where I was born. Playing in the woods was always fun. Going to school, I looked forward to playing marbles in the playground with my friends and eating sugar cane and mangos when the day was done. I left Jamaica and went to England in Read More …

Ali, LELL – English as Second Language

My name is Ali. I am an LELL student at P.A.L.S. My tutors are Linda and John. I would like to tell you my success story. It was within two weeks of obtaining my First Aid Certificate at P.A.L.S. that an opportunity presented itself for me to use my First Aid Training at work. A Read More …

Catherine, LELL – Literacy for English Language Learners

I’m Catherine from the Philippines, who migrated to Canada in 2002. It is my great pleasure to be a part of the P.A.L.S. Literacy for English Language Learners Program. I have been working at the Y.M.C.A. for almost three years as a Transitional Housing Worker. Back home, in the Philippines, I was a Social Work Read More …

An, LELL – Literacy for English Language Learners

My name is An. I was born in Saigon, where I was an elementary public school teacher for about 22 years. My sister and her family sponsored me and my parents, and we came to Canada on the night of September 8, 1992. After about three months in Edmonton, I found a job at Lilydale Read More …