© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Members of the Prince Albert Literacy Network are seen at the Prince Albert Farmer’s Market on Saturday, with chair Lillis Lawrence seen at centre.
It’s all about helping people function in today’s society for Prince Albert Literacy Network volunteers.
On Saturday, a small group of literacy stewards hosted a booth at the Prince Albert Farmer’s Market, where they promoted their efforts and aspirations for the area’s citizen, using Sunday’s International Literacy Day as a launching point.
“We’re promoting people of all ages to continue reading, because we know if you don’t use it you lose it,” Prince Albert Literacy Network chair Lillis Lawrence summarized.
Between book draws and serving cake, Lawrence took a few minutes to share with the Daily Herald the latest chapters in their ongoing mission to create a more literate society.
The most recent success story is a partnership with Riverbank Development Corporation for the A Place to Call Home program.
“It gives a plain language presentation on how to look for housing and what a tenant or a landlord should know as far as how to efficiently handle some of the situations that might come up,” Lawrence said, noting that it’s part of the city’s homelessness strategy.
It was noted that there’s a discrepancy between tenants and landlord and their rights as such -- “a deficiency that we linked up with and are hoping to make a small change,” Lawrence explained.
Although this doesn’t necessarily tie directly into literacy when it comes to reading, Lawrence noted that to be literate means that one can function in today’s society.
“Sometimes it’s not that there’s a deficiency in reading, but knowledge in a certain area.”
Although members of the Prince Albert Literacy Network don’t claim to be experts in every field, through partnerships like that with Riverbank Development Corporation they’re able to cover more bases.
Another ongoing effort is the organization’s Tutor Learning Connections program, which links tutors with adult learners to improve their literacy skills.
The organization currently has 25 tutors – a number that they’d like to see double, Lawrence said.
“Sometimes we have tutors who come and go … so we could actually handle at least another 25 tutors, because there’s a bunch of adults who are coming forward and saying that they’d like some tutoring,” she said.
“Some of the learners are learning basic English, some of the leaners of specific needs -- ‘I want to learn how to pass a certain test.’”
Tutors are asked to commit at least two hours per week for a six-month period.
For more on the Prince Albert Literacy Network, call them at 306-922-6852 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.