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 …

Treassa, Literacy

I came to P.A.L.S. for help with reading and writing. My mom told me about P.A.L.S. She thought it would be a good place for me to get help to feel better about myself and to develop reading skills. This would help me with everyday life skills and also help me to help my children 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 …

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 …

Karen, Literacy

Hi I am Karen, and I have been asked to chat about myself, before P.A.L.S. and today. If it was still before PALS I would not be here, standing in front of you all. I learned very early in life to be invisible. I remember never feeling like I could excel and if people did 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 …

Stephen, LELL – Literacy for English Language Learners

After I finished LELL school, I started to work. My English was still not good. I felt that I needed more practice, and that I still needed to improve my new language. My friend heard that in Edmonton there were a few organizations for newcomers, like Catholic Social Services, the Mennonite Center and P.A.L.S.