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 the early 60’s to live with my parents who had immigrated a few years earlier. England was cold, grey and damp, not much sunshine for a young Wallace! However school was a must, my parents made sure of that, and also they were quite disciplined in the home. My parents worked long hours and overtime to keep us clothed and fed.

Math and English were too tough, playing football and cricket was my stuff! Reading and writing were always fun but when it came to taking tests I would always freeze like ice not realizing my lack of confidence was my problem. I left school with very little education and started work with the administration. I took some college courses to improve my education, knowing that this was the right thing to do.

I came to Canada in 1978 thinking that this land would be great. Not so, I found out later, for my education still needed to improve. Luckily I was able to continue my education. I saw a P.A.L.S write up in the local newspaper. One day I gave a call to the office, which was the right thing to do. I was registered for an English writing program, which has become a life-long learning program!

So you want to learn English, reading or math. P.A.L.S. is no joke! They will take you to where you want to go. Just like me you see, all is free.

Just your time and you’re learning skills. Hope to see you at P.A.L.S. soon my friend!

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