Literacy Quebec is delighted to welcome and introduce our newest member of staff.
Zoe Welch - Project Manager
The Empowering the English-Speaking Community of Quebec through Enhanced Literacy and Essential Skills Project
Zoe (pronounced with a long O, like Joe but with a Zed) has lived and worked in Vancouver (twice), Montreal (twice), the BC interior, and Miami; and, for a short time she lived in Quebec City, where she learned French while slinging cappuccinos and croque monsieurs. Zoe’s professional life includes working in non-formal education, public culture, community-based engagement and social development, and as an artist and a maker—sometimes all at the same time.
Before joining Literacy Quebec, Zoe was a museum educator where she designed and delivered K-12 and youth and family programs—including STEAM programming (along with one program she adapted for kids living with Autism) and (her passion project) a zine-making program that produced close to 500 zines made by 1,400+ students. Zoe’s also led social development programs across BC’s school districts; she ran a professional development center for Canadian screenwriters, as well as working in artist-run centers as an administrator and an advocate; and, she piloted an art-based literacy project with street-involved adults, and launched and led an affordable housing advocacy centre.
Her life-long interest in design led Zoe to run her own slow clothing company, along with her own store; and as a film- and photo-based artist and a writer, her work has appeared in festivals, exhibitions, and publications in French and English Canada, and in the US.
Zoe can be reached at email@example.com
We are excited to welcome two new member organizations to our network: The Suspicious Fish Creative Literacy and Arts program, and Mother Goose Montreal.
“Both organizations have been working to support the English-speaking communities in their area by providing fun and exciting learning opportunities. We are so happy to expand and grow our network by formally welcoming them as new members.” says Literacy Quebec executive director, Margo Legault.
In the past Literacy Quebec has worked with Suspicious Fish on a Community-led storytelling workshop and a collaboration between the McGill School of Architecture, and the School of Urban Planning to expose university students to the knowledge that is being learned in the community.
Literacy Quebec has already been providing professional development and support to Mother Goose Montreal by way of increasing awareness and visibility of the services they offer.
At a time when the acceleration of the digital transformation has created a need for people to acquire more digital literacy skills and the pandemic has had a negative effect on learning literacy skills, Literacy Quebec is proud to grow the number of member organizations it supports across Quebec.
The Suspicious Fish Creative Literacy and Arts program is a registered non-profit organization operating in the Southwest of Montreal since 2007. Their program provides a platform to write and foster a supportive setting where each individual engages in the process of discovering a voice that can become unique and personal.
Mother Goose Montreal is a community branch of the national Parent-Child Mother Goose program. The program is intended for parents accompanied by their children from 0 to 3 years old, and supports language development and socialization in young children.