Literacy Quebec invites you to subscribe to our newsletter, where you can stay up-to-date on events we host, projects we engage with, important resources we’d like to highlight and other literacy-related fun stuff!
Literacy Quebec’s newsletter was launched in September of 2022, as the team here at LQ thought it would be a good idea to let anyone and everyone know about the interesting stuff we’ve both been and will be up to, on a monthly basis. The idea behind the newsletter is to keep you, lovely subscriber, aware about the multitude of literacy events, projects, and resources that might be of interest to you, as well as special dates we think are worthy of celebration as they relate to literacy and its importance.
For example, this January, Literacy Quebec had the opportunity to host not one, but two events with none other than 3-time Juno nominated Canadian singer-songwriter and star of the kid’s show Jeremy and Jazzy, Jeremy Fisher for Family Literacy Week. The first event, hosted live on January 21 on our Facebook page, entailed a fun, virtual concert where Jeremy performed many beloved songs that got adults and children alike up and buzzing! The second event included a talk by Jeremy on January 25 via Zoom, where he highlighted the importance of life-long learning (both inside and outside of the classroom) and his work making music for young listeners, families, and everyone alike!
This is just one example of the sorts of events we enjoy hosting here at LQ, as we believe learning should always leave room for enjoyment. On the topic of learning, our newsletter also highlights free resources that could be of interest to parents, children, facilitators, and anyone who wants to improve their literacy skills! This includes our Family Literacy Toolkit and Learning with Your Child Booklet. If you haven’t already heard, we also have a podcast, an eLearning course, and a Free Literacy Helpline for those needing assistance with reading, writing, and/or with digital literacy.
We would also be remiss to not mention the important work our network does, such as the events our members host as well as the important resources they provide, that you can learn more about in our newsletter.
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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.