Literacy Quebec Podcast

Episode 2 - Community-based Learning Through Stories and Art

An episode of Literacy Quebec Podcast

By Literacy Quebec
Welcome to the Literacy Quebec Podcast! A community-based podcast for English-speaking, lifelong literacy learners in Quebec. Every two weeks our hosts Chris Shee and Jaimie Cudmore from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong curiosity, and the multiple types of literacy. It's incredible what we can learn from each other!
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Episode 12 - Books for All with First Books Canada
Welcome to the Finale of the Summer Season of the Literacy Quebec Podcast!  Did you know that 25% of Canadians do not have any books in their home? In this episode we talk about the importance of affordable learning resources like books with our guest Tessa Eisenberg, the National Engagement Coordinator at First Book Canada (FBC).   Literacy Quebec's partnership with FBC helps us to donate books to community groups across Quebec.  We learn from Tessa about how FBC's works to fulfill their mission  to transform the lives of children in need by improving access to educational opportunities and resources.  We end our episode with some exciting upcoming events, including the Lob for Literacy Fundraiser for Yamaska Literacy Council the weekend of September 6-7, 2019 Every two weeks our hosts  Jaimie Cudmore and Chris Shee from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec. Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us at admin@literacyquebec.org or call our office (514) 508-6805 or  Toll-Free: 1-855-890-1587 Links mentioned in the show: First Book Canada www.firstbookcanada.org First Book (US) www.firstbook.org First Book Canada Marketplace www.fbmpcanada.org Tessa Eisenberg, National Engagement with First Book Canada teisenberg@firstbook.org or over the phone at: 1-866-732-3669 (Ext. 0255) ------ Events September 4, 2019 - LITERACY UNLIMITED Fundraiser at Chapters in Point Claire https://www.facebook.com/events/528091784598758/ Shop on Wednesday, September 4th from 4-9pm at Chapters Pointe-Claire and 20% of sales will be donated to LITERACY UNLIMITED September 6, 2019 – September 7, 2019 - PGI Lob Ball Tournament  Méchoui  ​https://www.facebook.com/events/575562302951249/ ​37, ch. du Centre, Lac-BromeLob for Literacy Friday, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Literacy Gala & Méchoui Saturday, 5 p.m. Tickets $20 Information: Cindy (450) 330-0803 cindyelston@yamaskaliteracy.ca International Literacy Day https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/literacyday
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August 25, 2019
Episode 11 - How to make a Podcast with Literacy Quebec
Wow! Episode 4 (or is it 5) of Season 2! This special summer episode is a recording of our podcast workshop with Michelle Osbourne from the Quebec City Reading Council this past June. Michelle joined us at our office for a great chat on how to start a podcast using free and simple tools that are accessible to most people. We also had the opportunity to pick Michelle's brain about setting up a communication strategy using social media to share and promote community organisation's work. Pardon the office noise :) We will be back to our regular format in a couple of weeks after this short summer break! Every two weeks our hosts Chris Shee  and Jaimie Cudmore from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec. Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us at admin@literacyquebec.org or call our office (514) 508-6805 or  Toll-Free: 1-855-890-1587 Links mentioned in the show: Anchor (Free podcast platform)  https://anchor.fm  Auphonic (Free automatic audio production website)  https://auphonic.com  Audacity (Free audio editing software)  https://www.audacityteam.org/  Quebec City Reading Council  http://www.qcrc.org/  Michelle Osbourne, Communications Strategist  https://uncomfortablebliss.com/ 
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August 13, 2019
Episode 10 - Replay! The Power of Storytelling S1E6
We are taking a break this week while Chris gets married! Congratulations Chris!  Missed it the first time? Enjoy the sun while listening to last season's finale with some fantastic storytellers!  Chris chatted with three amazing Quebec storytellers: Johanne Pelletier, director, strategic initiatives, University Communication Services, Emma Lanza, administrator, Centre for Clinical Research in Health, and Taylor Tower, communications advisor, Faculty of Arts and Science. In this episode we learn about the value of oral storytelling and some tips on how to craft an effective story from personal experiences to create a connection with an audience.  We discuss themes of mental health, coming of age and rituals.  We will be back in a couple of weeks with a brand new episode for season two!  Every two weeks our hosts  Jaimie Cudmore and Chris Shee from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec. Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us at admin@literacyquebec.org or call our office (514) 508-6805 or  Toll-Free: 1-855-890-1587  In the show we mention the following:    Literacy Quebec  http://www.literacyquebec.org/   Confabulation  http://www.confabulation.ca/    Quebec Writers Federation  https://qwf.org/  
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July 25, 2019
Episode 9 - Health Literacy
It’s already the third episode of season two our Podcast!  We discuss Health Literacy. Chris met our Literacy Lowdown guests during last month’s Health and Wellness Fair in Verdun. We talk to Riley from Collective Community Services, Kevin from the Anglo Family Council, and Meghan from YES Montreal about the services their organisations provide to improve health and wellness access for English-speakers in Quebec. We learn about the importance of community groups creating connections to provide better services and the connections between health and employment.  Wendy Seys joins us once again to talk about the health literacy toolkit created by  Yamaska Literacy Council with their partners. Wendy tells us how individuals and healthcare providers can become more health literate to help each other. Every two weeks our hosts  Jaimie Cudmore and Chris Shee from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec. Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us at admin@literacyquebec.org or call our office (514) 508-6805 or  Toll-Free: 1-855-890-1587    In the show we mention the following:   Collective Community Services (CCS)  http://ccs-montreal.org/  Anglo Family Council  https://www.facebook.com/anglofamilycouncil/  YES Montreal  https://www.yesmontreal.ca/  Artwork by Richard Bean  http://www.literacyquebec.org/blog/insights-into-montreal-profile-of-richard-bean-a-lifelong-artist-in-verdun  Yamaska's Health Literacy Toolkit:  https://yamaskaliteracy.ca/health-literacy/  Canadian Public Health Association https://www.cpha.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/resources/healthlit/report_e.pdf  Public Health Ontario's description of Health Literacy  https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/health-literacy.pdf?la=en  ABC Literacy's Health Matters Resources  https://abclifeliteracy.ca/health-literacy  In Quebec, for non-emergency health situation or related question you can call 811 to Info-Santé. Quebec Nurses evaluate your health situation and give advice based on your condition. Calling Info-Santé 811 often helps avoid going to a medical clinic or emergency room. Events Tuesdays, June 18 to July 23 - 2-3 PM at 4322 rue Wellington, Church of the Epiphany in Verdun, Sponsored by CCS and AFC August 10, 17, 24 -  Downtown, Old Port and Verdun - YES Montreal's What the Pop Artists' Pop-up Boutiques, Galleries and Performances https://www.facebook.com/pg/yesmontreal/events/ 
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July 12, 2019
Episode 8 - LGBTQI2+ communities sharing stories and creating community spaces
Welcome to the second episode of season two of the Literacy Quebec Podcast!  On this week’s episode,  we celebrate pride month and discuss the importance of self-representation for the LGBTQI2+ communities through stories and learning to build community space.  Jaimie speaks with Chris DiRaddo, a writer and organizer of the Montreal queer reading series and book club, the Violet Hour. Gabrielle Thomas of Literacy Quebec updates us on what's been happening at LQ and the importance of our book giveaways! Every two weeks our hosts  Jaimie Cudmore and Chris Shee from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec. Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us at admin@literacyquebec.org or call our office (514) 508-6805 or  Toll-Free: 1-855-890-1587    In the show we mention the following:   The Violet Hour https://www.facebook.com/violethourreadingseries https://christopherdiraddo.com   Literacy Quebec: literacyquebec.org Frontier College’s Launch of the National Research Report on Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy   https://www.frontiercollege.ca/News/Blog/March-2019/Literacy-as-a-Poverty-Reduction-Strategy  Homeless Hub's information regarding LGBTQI+ Youth and Poverty  https://www.homelesshub.ca/about-homelessness/population-specific/lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-transsexual-queer  Upcoming Events:  Violet Hour's Events: June 29 - A Boy's Own Story: Violet Hour Book Club  12:30 PM at Never Apart https://www.facebook.com/events/289591288650930/ Aug 3 The Clothesline Swing: Violet Hour Book Club  12:30 PM   https://www.facebook.com/events/448873472337496/ Yamaska Literacy Council: July 1 - Canada Day in Cowansville. Yamaska Literacy Council is serving up cheer and beer! https://www.facebook.com/yamaska.council/
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June 28, 2019
Episode 7 - Fostering Youth Literacies through Media Arts, Creative Writing and the Diversity of Literacy
Every two weeks our hosts  Jaimie Cudmore and Chris Shee from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec. Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us at admin@literacyquebec.org or call our office (514) 508-6805 or  Toll-Free: 1-855-890-1587  On this week’s episode, we discuss Fostering Youth Literacies through Media Arts, Creative Writing and the Diversity of Literacy!  Larissa Andrusyshyn from the Quebec Writers Federation through their Writers in the Community program talks about her outstanding work helping youth in Quebec navigate life through using creative writing and poetry for expression. Learn more about the impact Larissa is having by reading this zine she collaborated on with her young students - "Welcome to Afterthought" Michelle from Quebec City Reading Council (QCRC) spoke with us about the Diversity that is Literacy and not only the services which QCRC offer, but how teachers of literacy can better interact with people, not just through technology, but by building face to face trusting relationships. The episode ends with upcoming member events from across Quebec: Gaspésie Literacy Council - Environmental at the Library June 15 and Gaspé World War One and World War Two - Generations Sacrificed June 19 Yamaska Literacy Council - French Conversation June 19, Technology for Learning June 20, Workshop: Learning to Breathe and Move June 21 The Learning Exchange (Laval) - Celebration Event June 18 South Shore Reading Council - Mother Goose Program
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June 13, 2019
Episode 6 - The Power of Storytelling
Every two weeks our hosts  Jaimie Cudmore and Chris Shee from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec. Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us at admin@literacyquebec.org or call our office (514) 508-6805 or  Toll-Free: 1-855-890-1587 This week's episode is a very special one because it is the end of season one! We celebrate by chatting with three Quebec storytellers: •Johanne Pelletier, director, strategic initiatives, University Communication Services •Emma Lanza, administrator, Centre for Clinical Research in Health •Taylor Tower, communications advisor, Faculty of Arts and Science  Chris had the chance to learn about the value of oral storytelling and some tips on how to craft an effective story. experiences, and create a connection with an audience and each other. we discuss themes of mental health, coming of age and rituals. We end the episode with a final update on how the charity run went. So sit back and enjoy the end of season one! We will be back in a few weeks for season two! Episode Links Literacy Quebec  http://www.literacyquebec.org/  Confabulation  http://www.confabulation.ca/  Saturday, May 11: Confabulation Anniversary Show at the Centaur Theatre  https://centaurtheatre.com/shows/confabulation-mtl-presents-get-it-together/  Quebec Writers Federation  https://qwf.org/  Concordia University's Storytelling Event  https://www.facebook.com/events/843150046030376/ 
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May 10, 2019
Episode 5 - Family Literacy
Every two weeks our hosts Chris Shee and Jaimie Cudmore from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec. Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us at admin@literacyquebec.org or call our office (514) 508-6805 or  Toll-Free: 1-855-890-1587 On this week’s episode, we discuss ways to develop and support Family Literacy!  As we start to update our Family Literacy Toolkit, we explore programs and activities that use stories, songs, movement, art, cooking, and more! Gabrielle Thomas from LQ talks about her experience with early-childhood learning through song and movement. The Mother Goose program is offered at many community centres, libraries and literacy groups across Quebec. Mother Goose Program Coordinator at the Montreal Children's Library, Desrean Macfarlane and Gabrielle  teach us some songs!  We also get to hear from Norma, a children's book illustrator from Cara Carmina about her art and the alphabet cards she has created for parents and children to learn together.  Learn about the age of the "wowers"! You can check out Norma's beautiful alphabet prints and workshops from her website link below.   Joanna from Literacy in Action talks about using a community-based approach to support family literacy.  We hear about the ongoing Arts and Scraps and Books to Belly programs in the Estrie Region of Quebec.  The episode ends with upcoming member events from across Quebec. We are still looking for donations, runners, and volunteers for the charity run in Montreal on April 27th!  Episode Links Literacy Quebec Family Toolkit  http://www.literacyquebec.org/resources.html Literacy in Action Events and Programs  https://www.facebook.com/LiteracyInAction   Cara Camina Illustration and Alphabet Cards  https://www.caracarmina.com/illustrations  Mother Goose Program at the Montreal Children's Library  Events Gaspésie Literacy Council (GLC) https://www.facebook.com/Gaspésie-Literacy-Council Quebec City Reading Council http://www.qcrc.org/events Storytelling Events:   Friday, May 3: This Really Happened at Blue Met  https://www.facebook.com/events/300888597525252/ ,  Thursday, May 9: Blooming Tales at the Wiggle Room  https://wiggleroom.ca/e/blooming-tales-from-the-wiggle-room-may-9th/  Saturday, May 11: Confabulation Anniversary Show at the Centaur Theatre  https://centaurtheatre.com/shows/confabulation-mtl-presents-get-it-together/  April 30-May 5: Violet Metropolis: LGBTQ writers at Blue Metropolis  https://www.facebook.com/events/432188257558321/ 
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April 25, 2019
Episode 4 - Developing clear writing and plain language and Volunteer Week
Every two weeks our hosts Jaimie Cudmore and Chris Shee from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec.   Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us via our website link below. Happy Volunteers Week!  On this week’s episode, we discuss the importance of  Clear Writing and Plain Language for effective and accessible communication. We learn about the power of simplicity in our conversation with Wendy Seys, Executive Director at Yamaska Literacy Council.   Many programs and services could not run without the dedication, time and the labour given by our hard-working volunteers. We want to send a big thank you to all of the volunteers! Literacy Quebec's Gabrielle Thomas talks about Volunteer Week April 7-13. We attend RECLAIM Literacy's Cabane à Sucre luncheon, where we chatted with Maureen Floen. Maureen received Literacy Quebec's the Freda Hudson Volunteer Award! Congrats! The episode ends with upcoming member events from across Quebec. We are still looking for donations, runners, and volunteers for the charity run in Montreal on April 27th! Episode Links Yamaska Literacy Council  https://yamaskaliteracy.ca/  Literacy in Action  http://www.lia-estrie.org/  NWT Literacy Council's resources on Plain Language https://www.nwtliteracy.ca/index.php/resources/plain-language  RECLAIM Literacy  http://www.reclaimliteracy.ca/  Literacy Quebec   http://www.literacyquebec.org  Events Gaspésie Literacy Council (GLC) https://www.facebook.com/Gaspésie-Literacy-Council Quebec City Reading Council http://www.qcrc.org/events Literacy Unlimited https://www.facebook.com/events/590947948047730/ 
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April 12, 2019
Episode 3 - The Obstacles and Creative Solutions of Learners
Every two weeks our hosts Chris Shee and Jaimie Cudmore from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for English-speakers in Quebec.  Just in time for Adult Learner's Week! In this episode, we spoke to learners, lunchers, and a researcher about some of the obstacles and creative solutions to gaining different types of literacy skills. We had the chance to present the podcast at Reclaim Literacy's weekly Lunch and Learn.  We discussed digital literacy and access to podcasts with Betty, Ruth and Sylvia. We also had the opportunity to chat and get advice from Jonathan and Lorenzo from CDC Vimont and the Learning Exchange in Laval. Paul Lalonde, a researcher from the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, speaks with Jaimie in Ottawa about the findings of Frontier College's National report, "Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy."  And we end the show with the many upcoming literacy events submitted by our member organisations. We are still looking for runners and volunteers for the charity run in Montreal on April 27th! Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us from our website www.literacyquebec.org  Frontier College's Report  https://www.frontiercollege.ca/  Social Research and Demonstration Corporation  http://www.srdc.org/  RECLAIM Literacy  http://www.reclaimliteracy.ca/  CDC Vimont  http://swlaurier.virtuo.ca/en/Our_centres_25/0/2.html  The Learning Exchange  https://tleliteracy.com/  Event Links Gaspésie Literacy Council (GLC) https://www.facebook.com/Gaspésie-Literacy-Council Quebec City Reading Council http://www.qcrc.org/events Literacy Unlimited https://www.facebook.com/events/590947948047730/
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March 29, 2019
Episode 2 - Community-based Learning Through Stories and Art
Every two weeks our hosts Jaimie Cudmore and Chris Shee from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong learning and literacy for english-speakers in Quebec. This week's theme we highlight community-based Learning through stories and art, through the Verdun Stories Project. Chris had the chance to chat with some of the organisers and contributors to the project at the launch of their first edition on March 2, 2019, in Verdun, Montreal. Also, we share the many upcoming literacy events submitted by our member organisations. We are still looking for runners and volunteers for the charity run in Montreal on April 27th. Want to help out with the podcast? Have a story you want to share? Contact us from our website www.literacyquebec.org  Event Links Gaspésie Literacy Council (GLC) https://www.facebook.com/Gaspésie-Literacy-Council Quebec City Reading Council http://www.qcrc.org/events Literacy Unlimited https://www.facebook.com/events/590947948047730/ Verdun Stories Project and Suspicious Fish  https://www.facebook.com/TheSuspiciousFish/ This is Concordia. Now: Storytelling https://www.facebook.com/events/843150046030376/
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March 14, 2019
Episode 1 - Defining Literacy
 Welcome to the first episode of Literacy Quebec!  A podcast for english-speaking, lifelong literacy learners in Quebec. On this week’s episode, we will be defining literacy.   Literacy is more than just knowing how to read and write - it’s about being able to interact with the world around you to your fullest potential.  We will have special guests, Margo Legault - Literacy Quebec,  Joy Fyckes - Reclaim Literacy, and Rev. Brian Perron - Church of Epiphany. We also will share submissions from Ruth Thomas - South Shore Reading Council, Cheryl Henry-Leggo - Gaspesie Literacy Council, Wendy Seys - Yamaska Literacy Council, and Michele Gagnon - Western Quebec Literacy Council. The episode ends with announcements of upcoming literacy events in Quebec.  We are working on our sound and editing! Thanks for being a part of this journey! In the show we mention the following:  Dawson Oral History Project:  https://dohp.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/  Literacy Quebec: literacyquebec.org  Gaspésie Literacy Council: www.gaspelit.ca  RECLAIM Literacy (Montreal): http://www.reclaimliteracy.ca/  South Shore Reading Council: https://www.ssrc.ca/  Western Quebec Literacy Council: http://wqlc.org/  Yamaska Literacy Council: http://www.yamaskaliteracy.ca/  Upcoming Events:  Launch of the Verdun Stories Magazine: https://www.facebook.com/events/293562017994473/  Help raise money as a runner or volunteer for Literacy Quebec's member organisations by taking part of the Scotia Bank marathon charity fundraiser! For more information email Chris at admin@literacyquebec.org  and by checking out:  http://canadarunningseries.com/sbm_charities/literacy-quebec/
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February 28, 2019
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