Literacy Quebec Podcast

Literacy Quebec Podcast

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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 23 - Do stats really count? Conversation with Statistics Canada
Do stats really count? A Conversation with Statistics Canada Welcome to the 5th episode of season 4 of the Literacy Quebec Podcast! In this week’s episode we are talking about statistics!  Numbers can be scary and confusing, but with help from Samuel Dupéré, Manager, Montréal Data Service Centre, Statistics Canada we learn why data is important and how we can learn to use data to advocate and show impact. We also learn that it is important to ask the right questions and how to look for reliable sources of information.  Statistics Canada is a public service that is available to community members and is a valuable resource especially to non-profit organisations. They have recently expanded their services to help build the capacity of individuals and organisations to become more literate in developing surveys, collecting, using and understanding data through workshops and presentations. Learn more about what they offer: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/wtc?MM=as The Learning Exchange joins us to promote the upcoming event  Wurd Up -  Community Literacy Series February 20, 2020 6:30-8:30 at Laval Senior Academy, with Deanna Smith to launch of the Ile Ife Africana Studies Collection (IIASC). Free event with special programming for younger children https://www.facebook.com/events/115319436499378/ Upcoming Events It’s Black History Month. To learn more about the month: https://moishistoiredesnoirs.com/en/about/the-origin-of-black-history-month Literacy Unlimited is looking for 3 volunteers to join their Board of Directors: http://www.literacyunlimited.ca/we-are-hiring/ Quebec City Reading Council - Travelliin’ Toddler Time - March 13 9:30-11:00- Pets theme at Morrin Centre https://www.facebook.com/events/599908517518268/ Chateauguay Valley Literacy Council  - Tuesdays 2-4 pm Time to Learn English Workshops  https://www.facebook.com/events/467854440577324/?event_time_id=467854460577322 Laurentian Literacy Centre - Bead Chimes Workshop for learners and their families Feb 21 at 4 pm https://www.facebook.com/laurentianliteracycentre/photos/rpp.1604266949836534/2445493675713853/ Literacy in Action -  Drop in Tuesdays 1-6pm stop by for free coffees, snacks, a chat or to read a book. There is an onsite Computer tutor between 1-4pm (please bring your own electronic device)  https://www.facebook.com/LiteracyInAction/ Literacy in Action - Poetry Workshop Series Thursday Feb 20 to April 30 6:30-8:00pm at Lennoxville Library  Literacy in Action - Game Night (ages 16+) Feb 24 at 5pm at LIA office. Literacy in Action Feb 27-March 26th Books to Belly read and cook together!  LQ at the 2020 Scotiabank Charity Race (April 25-26 2020) 
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February 15, 2020
Episode 22 - Family Literacy
Welcome to the 4th episode of season 4 of the Literacy Quebec Podcast! In this week’s episode we talk with Quebec City Reading Council about celebrating Family Literacy Day / Week, plus QCRC shares with us their launch of an exciting new literacy program called Learning Without Limits... you need to listen to find out how much of a positive impact this program will make to literacy learners around the Quebec region! We celebrate Family Literacy Day by discussing ABC Life Literacy's definition of Family Literacy, some engaging stats about family literacy across Canada, taking 20 in 2020 (put aside 20 minutes a day to do a fun learning activity together) and some ideas of the activities you can do! ie: Story Switch-A-Roo 1. Take turns reading a bedtime story together! Kids and adults take turns reading a sentence! Listen up and enjoy Family Literacy Week! Upcoming Events Family Literacy Day January 27th! https://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy-day-calendar/ What is Family Literacy Day https://abclifeliteracy.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ABC-Family-Literacy.pdf Yamaska is co-hosting an information session called “flu and other vaccines: what you need to know” on February 13 10-12pm in Waterloo. They ask you to register by calling or emailing Cindy Elson 450-330-0803. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=598784337575213&set=a.100953540691631&type=3&theater Gaspésie Literacy Centre Exploring Music Together workshops! Every second Saturday starting Feb 1 10am -12pm https://www.facebook.com/events/466198030952437/ The Learning Exchange will be sponsoring ABC Life Literacy’s Up Skills for Work Series to adult learners https://www.facebook.com/events/2647331301982075/ South Shore Reading Council Starting again their 10-week family reading program for children ages 0-3 The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a weekly one-hour gathering of parents and toddlers to share the joys of language through nursery rhymes, songs, stories and games. This program is offered free of charge! https://www.ssrc.ca/programs.php QCRC - Travelliin’ Toddler Time - Valentine’s Day theme, held at 3005 William Stuart in Saint Foy. Space is limited so register soon. You can call Meghan at 418-681-1258 https://www.facebook.com/events/2645384055691019/ The learning Exchange - Introduction to Modern Art Group starts January 29th 2020 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm  https://tleliteracy.com/events/introduction-to-modern-art/?fbclid=IwAR1Br_5PgPMRgSNtmA7nXqLV4g2LuPy9RClL-vZkbCjqjTHKjU8cvrIhltY LQ at the 2020 Scotiabank Charity Race (April 25-26 2020) https://www.literacyquebec.org/charity-run-2020.html As always, you can check out or fb and our member’s pages for all of the latest updates! Subscribe, share our podcast, write to us at admin@literacyquebec.org , send us a voicemail at 514-508-6805, Facebook, Instagram @LiteracyQuebec
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February 2, 2020
Episode 21 - How to Fail Successfully in 2020
Happy 2020! Welcome to the 3rd episode of season 4 of the Literacy Quebec Podcast!  In this week’s episode we recorded our regular book club at the LQ office. We discussed the book Dare to Lead by Brene Brown, which fits perfectly in with the topic we wanted to launch into 2020 with How to Fail Successfully in 2020. We also talk about Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World to learn about how to reduce busywork and increase purposeful work. Some of the questions we discussed after reading the section of Dare to Lead were: 1) Did you make any resolutions for 2020? Why/why not? 2) What are some markers of success to you? 3) What is failure to you? 4) Are failures the opposite of successes? 5) How can failures be useful to you? 6) Brene Brown talks a lot about the connections between failure, shame and vulnerability. What did you think of her tools for self-reflection? 7) What are some of your own Shitty First Drafts? Why did we choose this topic of Failure (a dirty word!) when everybody else is taking about Success and making New Year Resolutions? Well, through our discussion about how we each felt about failure, some of the failures in our own lives and learning new ways to deal with failure when it happens, we found that failure in almost every case was necessary in order for us to form deeper relationships with people, deeper and more meaningful work in our careers, becoming more stable and emotionally resilient, making better decisions in life, and living in a more content, grateful, happy state. Upcoming Events Family Literacy Day January 27th! https://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy-day-calendar/ What is Family Literacy Day https://abclifeliteracy.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ABC-Family-Literacy.pdf Literacy in Action Storytelling and Hot Chocolate! For Family Literacy Week and Free Print Making Workshop Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2 PM – 4 Pm https://www.facebook.com/events/461274581492279/ LQ will be at Montréal Children's Hospital in Montreal, Quebec Family Literacy DayEvent · Wed, Jan 22 at 9 AM https://www.facebook.com/events/557062398228377/ Gaspésie Literacy Council and Wakeham Adult and Vocational Education Center are putting on Family Fun Day at Gaspe elementary Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 1 PM – 3:30 https://www.facebook.com/events/2647331301982075/ Western Quebec Literacy Council will be bringing you a new idea to try at home every day until January 27 (National Family Literacy Day) Check out their Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/wqliteracy/ The Learning Exchange will be sponsoring ABC Life Literacy’s Up Skills for Work Series to adult learners https://www.facebook.com/events/2647331301982075/ South Shore Reading Council Starting again their 10-week family reading program for children ages 0-3 The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a weekly one-hour gathering of parents and toddlers to share the joys of language through nursery rhymes, songs, stories and games. This program is offered free of charge! https://www.ssrc.ca/programs.php LQ at the 2020 Scotiabank Charity Race (April 25-26 2020) As always, you can check out or fb and our member’s pages for all of the latest updates! Subscribe, share our podcast, write to us at admin@literacyquebec.org , send us a voicemail at 514-508-6805, Facebook, Instagram @LiteracyQuebec
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January 17, 2020
Episode 20 - Holiday Special The Best of 2019!
Welcome to the Literacy Quebec Podcast and the last episode of 2019! (Season 4 Episode 2... don't worry we will be back in January 2020!) This week’s episode brings you some of the best snippets of 2019! (well as much "best" as we could fit into an hour-long episode anyway!) It's a time to Celebrate Literacy, continue to better understand how literacy is so important in each one of our everyday lives, Reflect on 2019 and put your Discoveries into Action in 2020!  We want to make a special thank you to ALL our guests we have had on the show in 2019 (even the ones who didn't get to be in the best of 2019 episode!). Every single one of you is doing incredibly meaningful literacy work in your communities. If you were not to continue, it would have a negative effect which the world would not cope with! Literacy is all around us every second, of every minute, of every day and we need to continue to help people recognize literacy's precious impact it has on the lives of everyone in contact. #LiteracyMatters and see you in 2020! You can find all of our literacy events we promote here https://www.literacyquebec.org/events.html Subscribe! Share our podcast! Write to us at admin@literacyquebec.org
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December 31, 2019
Episode 19 - EPIC conversations with Literacy Warriors and a Mother Goose!
Do you know how life-changing using your imagination can be?? "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." - Albert Einstein Welcome to the 1st episode of season 4 of the Literacy Quebec Podcast! In this week’s episode, we were able to capture the magic our literacy members are spreading throughout their communities in helping adults, parents, children and babies increase their life learning through growing their confidence and imagination! Subscribe! Share our podcast! Write to us at admin@literacyquebec.org Literacy Low-Down As part of the “On the Road Video Series,” LQ is capturing the positive impact and working environs of our direct literacy service members. Chris had the chance to sit down with the directors of Laurentian Literacy Centre, Marlene Dagenais and Western Quebec Literacy Centre, Michele Gagnon, for an epic conversation about the incredible successes and challenges literacy learners and tutors go through daily, to live a more engaged life. Note# Apologies for the refrigerator sound in the background for the first part of the conversation! Member’s Moment We were down South in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville this week visiting South Shore Reading Council’s Mother Goose program. What is Mother Goose, you ask… it’s where 2 amazing tutors Chantelle Griffiths Grenier & Rachel Wagner and a gathering of parents and toddlers aged 0-3 share the joys of language through nursery rhymes, songs, stories and games! We interview Chantel & Rachel, capturing their energy and spirit of giving parents and grandparents the tools to inspire their children to grow their imaginations through literacy. In this episode, we mention: Western Quebec Literacy Council http://wqlc.org/ Laurentian Literacy Centre https://laurentianliteracy.ca/ South Shore Reading Council https://www.ssrc.ca/ Literacy Quebec https://www.literacyquebec.org/ Events Listed: Check out our events page https://www.literacyquebec.org/events.html Literacy Unlimited is looking for 2 Board Members http://www.literacyunlimited.ca/ CVLC English Workshops https://www.facebook.com/events/2195548104076248/ Quebec City Reading Council's Travellin' Toddler Time https://www.facebook.com/events/442047099818273/ South Shore Reading Council's Family Reading Program and Mother Goose https://www.ssrc.ca/ Literacy Quebec Scotia Run admin@literacyquebec.org
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December 14, 2019
Episode 18 - Financial Literacy! - Part 2 Being a savvy consumer
Welcome to the 6th episode of season 3 of the Literacy Quebec Podcast! With November being Financial Literacy Month our theme this month has been focussed around financial literacy, and what it means to be financially literate #GainControl Today we speak with Brian Smith from the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE), Jaimie reviews a free online course on Personal Finance Essentials from McGill University she completed this week and visit with Western Quebec Literacy Council in Campbell's Bay & Laurentian Literacy Council in Lachute. As always we end the show with upcoming events. Show Links Free McGill Personal Finance Essentials module  https://www.mcgill.ca/desautels/industry/community-engagement/mcgill-personal-finance-essentials Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) website https://cfee.org/ Western Quebec Literacy Council website http://wqlc.org/ Laurentian Literacy Council website https://laurentianliteracy.ca/ Internet Security Workshop from Laurentian Literacy Council https://laurentianliteracy.ca/resources (Download at bottom of the screen called "Basics of Internet Safety") Upcoming Events All our Member Events we promoted in today's episode can be found via the Events link here https://www.literacyquebec.org/events.html Thanks for listening! Subscribe, share our podcast, write to us at admin@literacyquebec.org , send us a voicemail at 514-508-6805, Facebook, Instagram @LiteracyQuebec #literacymatters
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November 30, 2019
Episode 17 - Financial Literacy! Tips on staying in control of our finances
Welcome to the 5th episode of season 3 of the Literacy Quebec Podcast! With November being Financial Literacy Month, our theme for the next couple of episodes will be focussed around financial literacy, and what it means to be financially literate. Also we learn some practical tips we can try and action to gain some more financial control in 2019 heading  into 2020!  Gabrielle Thomas from Literacy Quebec sits down with Erica Ruth Kelly, Programs Coordinator for ABC Life Literacy Canada to talk about Financial Literacy Month and what positive impacts being financial literate can have in your life and the power having financial control gives you #moneymatters Show Links 55 per cent of Canadians have inadequate numeracy skills, which means they may struggle with understanding written instructions that rely on charts, numbers and conditional statements https://abcmoneymatters.ca/financial-literacy-fact-sheet/ Upcoming Events All our Member Events we promoted in today's episode can be found via the Events link here https://www.literacyquebec.org/events.html Thanks for listening! Subscribe, share our podcast, write to us at admin@literacyquebec.org , send us a voicemail at 514-508-6805, Facebook, Instagram @LiteracyQuebec #literacymatters 
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November 12, 2019
Episode 16 - Election Special #3 Vote!
According to Elections Canada there were about 4.7 million Canadians who voted early. That’s a 29% increase the since 2015 election!  Welcome to the 4th episode of season 3 of the Literacy Quebec Podcast! With the upcoming election on October 21st, our theme for the next few weeks has been about literacy and civic engagement. In our final episode for our election special, we are talking about why it is important to vote and how to get youth involved. Today, we are speaking with Samantha Reusch, Research and Evaluations Manager, Apathy is Boring and Erica Ruth Kelly, Programs Coordinator, Quebec and Atlantic, ABC Life Literacy Canada. As part of our election series, we will be talking about how to vote - if you haven’t already. We close the show with upcoming member events. #literacy4all  #elxn43 Show Links Literacy and the Election: Why it matters documents : https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Abdf25839-111a-4ad7-ae52-d67a1f294aa1&fbclid=IwAR3tozQP4Mrrf49qYfcJSclGVrb82pzQsGj_BjQGIdEtNBW6OIkDGmU4n6o Apathy is Boring: https://www.apathyisboring.com/ ABC Life Literacy and Elections Canada Guide on Voting: https://abclifeliteracy.ca/civic-literacy CBC Vote Compass: http://votecompass.com/ Elections Canada: https://www.elections.ca/ Upcoming Events The Learning Exchange will be sponsoring ABC Life Literacy’s Up Skills for Work Series to adult learners https://tleliteracy.com/up-skills-for-work-series/?fbclid=IwAR3MJjtb8Ul6YwuVtBhPdLKWg-pn8yXdnVqDHSw8JggYXtQWKjn9WQTqMxE  Literacy In Action Arts and Scraps Oct 21 1-3 puppet making, October 29 5-7 Stencil Making, November 13 5-7 Print Making and MAC for Beginners Oct 23, Oct 30 Lennoxville Library  https://www.facebook.com/events/732129193867873/ WQLC events E-parent workshops on Digital Literacy Oct 22 and Nov 5 https://www.facebook.com/events/395500908015049/   CVLC  English Language Workshops  https://cvlc-chateauguay.weebly.com/community-events.html   LQ at the 2020 Scotiabank Charity Race (April 25-26 2020) literacyquebec.org Check out the upcoming Annual General Meetings for many of our members this month! See our blog on Literacyquebec.org for more details
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October 19, 2019
Episode 15 - Election Special #2 Media Literacy
Fake news! With the upcoming election on October 21st, our theme for the next few weeks is about literacy and civic engagement. Continuing this theme today, we are talking about Media Literacy. This week October 7-11th, is Media Literacy Week. This topic is perfect for election season with the flood of advertisements, social media posts and news reports about the election, and the messages that political parties and lobbyists are trying to spread to get your attention. We discuss what is media literacy, why it is essential to read and view with critical and questioning eyes and ears. We are speaking with Matthew Johnson, the Director of Education from MediaSmarts and Angelina Leggo from the Gaspesie Literacy Council. Our guests give us some insights and tips on developing our Media Literacy. We strengthen our ability to know what are facts and what are misleading messages during this election season and our everyday lives. How do we know what sources to trust? As part of our election series, we will be talking about voting basics. In this episode, we will be talking about voting early in the Advanced Polls. Can’t make it on election day? This segment is for you! We close the show with upcoming member events. Episode Links MediaSmarts Website: https://mediasmarts.ca Break the Fake Campaign: https://mediasmarts.ca/break-fake House Hippo Video: https://youtu.be/5R_tOSRynZU Fact-checking Websites: http://factscan.ca/ https://www.snopes.com/ Gaspesie Literacy Council's Media Literacy Infographic: http://gaspelit.ca/media-literacy/ Voting To check if you are registered to vote, go to the Online Voter Registration  https://ereg.elections.ca/CWelcome.aspx?lang=e To learn more about the election https://www.elections.ca/ and ABC's guide to Civic Literacy https://abclifeliteracy.ca/civic-literacy Advanced Polling Instructions: https://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=vote&document=index&lang=e Upcoming Events  The Learning Exchange will be sponsoring ABC Life Literacy’s Up Skills for Work Series to adult learners https://tleliteracy.com/up-skills-for-work-series/?fbclid=IwAR3MJjtb8Ul6YwuVtBhPdLKWg-pn8yXdnVqDHSw8JggYXtQWKjn9WQTqMxE WQLC events E-parent workshops on Digital Literacy Oct 22 and Nov 5 https://www.facebook.com/events/395500908015049/  CVLC  English Language Workshops Oct 8th https://cvlc-chateauguay.weebly.com/community-events.html  QCRC Fall Fest and Travellin' Toddler Time Oct 18 http://www.qcrc.org/events.html L  LQ at the 2020 Scotiabank Charity Race (April 25-26 2020) literacyquebec.org
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October 8, 2019
Episode 14 - Election Special Connecting Literacy and Civic Engagement
With the upcoming election on October 21st, our theme for the next few episodes will be about literacy and civic engagement. We will feature special guests who will talk to us about the importance of participating in the election, why you should vote, and what some of the barriers and opportunities there are to civic engagement. Did you know that  the voter turnout in the last federal election in 2015 was 68.3%? On this week’s episode, the first of our election special we speak with the Honourable David Lametti, who is the Member of Parliament for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada. We learn about his role and the perspective of civic engagement from a candidate’s perspective. We also talk with Melanie Valcin from Frontier College about the connections between literacy and civic engagement and the Forum that is taking place on September 17th across Canada and online.  Are you registered? How can you check? As part of our election series, we will be talking about voting basics. We chat about how to register or check if you are registered to vote. When we vote we have the opportunity to vote for issues and representatives who will talk about our needs in the government when laws and policies are being made. Links Mentioned Honourable David Lametti's biography on the Department of Justice website https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/abt-apd/min.html Frontier College's Discussion paper on Literacy and Civic Engagement https://tinyurl.com/y3gfpbdz  Register for the Forum on Literacy and Civic Engagement September 17th https://tinyurl.com/yxom8h2s To check if you are registered to vote go to the Online Voter Registration  https://ereg.elections.ca/CWelcome.aspx?lang=e To learn more about the election https://www.elections.ca/ and ABC's guide to Civic Literacy https://abclifeliteracy.ca/civic-literacy Learn about how the government works https://lop.parl.ca/about/parliament/guidetohoc/index-e.htm Upcoming Events TLE - Starting October 2019 and running through to January 2020, The Learning Exchange will be sponsoring ABC Life Literacy’s Up Skills for Work Series to adult learners TLE’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program will run from Oct. 2018 to Oct. 2019 to support families in the development of language and literacy skills in their young children. Watch for fun and interesting events throughout the year WQLC events E-parent workshops on Digital Literacy Oct 22 and Nov 5 https://www.facebook.com/events/395500908015049/ CVLC  English Language Workshops Oct 8th https://cvlc-chateauguay.weebly.com/community-events.html QCRC Fall Fest and Travellin' Toddler Time Sept 21 and Oct 18 http://www.qcrc.org/events.html LQ and RECLAIM at Fetes des Cartier de Verdun Sept 28th https://www.facebook.com/events/701443053597709/ LQ at the 2020 Scotiabank Charity Race (April 25-26 2020)
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September 17, 2019
Episode 13 - International Literacy Day!
Happy International Literacy Day! Welcome to our extraordinary episode as part of our celebrations the week of September 8th! We learn why it is important to reflect, advocate and celebrate all of the work that is going into promoting literacy worldwide. We talk to international, Canadian and Quebec guests for the celebration about this year's theme "Literacy and Multilingualism." Did you know that they are over 7000 languages in the world and only about 5% are represented on the internet? First, we talk with representatives from UNESCO, Borhene Chakroun, Director of the  Education Division of Policies and Lifelong Learning systems and Gabriela Cieploch, Project Officer /  Communication, Section of Youth, Literacy And Skills Development, Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning, Education Sector. We learn more about the ILD and a global perspective on literacy and about this year’s theme of Literacy and Multilingualism and the year of Indigenous languages.  Then we talk with Canadian researchers, who work on Literacy and Multilingualism, Dr Becky Chen and Diana Burchell at the University of Toronto. We learn about the value and challenges that come with knowing more than one language in a child’s development with the right support. We also chatted about the importance of parents’ leadership in the family when it comes to learning more than one language, especially when a different language is spoken at home than in school. And of course we couldn’t miss an opportunity to chat with Gabrielle Thomas from LQ on how we are celebrating International Literacy Day with a week of events! 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.  Contact us at admin@literacyquebec.org Links mentioned in the episode: 1) UNESCO's International Literacy Day ·  UNESCO’s website for International Literacy Day ·  UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2019 ·  What UNESCO does for literacy ·  Subscribe to UNESCO’s education newsletter: Monthly Digest ·  Read more about UNESCO’s work in Education ·  Follow and share information about ILD on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram with the #LiteracyDay 2) Multilingualism and Literacy Lab at University of Toronto https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/chenlab/index.html 3) Literacy Quebec's International Literacy Day Events https://www.facebook.com/literacyquebec.org/photos/rpp.205750747010/10156451341442011/?type=3&theater 4) Frontier College's Forum on Literacy and Civic Engagement https://www.frontiercollege.ca/Get-Involved/Events/2019-National-Forum-Literacy-and-Civic-Engagement
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September 8, 2019
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