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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 also 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/
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 Sh*tty 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office (514) 508-6805 or Toll-Free: 1-855-890-1587
Co-Lab was from Thursday to Saturday last week (here is Literacy Quebec's facebook announcement in case you missed it). Literacy Quebec was exhilarated to be a part of this great event that encouraged young people to work together with six organisations (Bishop's University, CEDEC, Phelps Helps, CASA Gaspé, Y4Y Quebec, Literacy Quebec), adding their touch of innovation to current community projects.
During the event, several issues were tackled, yet at the heart of each was the ultimate question of whether the English speaking young residents of Quebec can find a job in the province (check out these CBC interviews: Is there a future for young Anglos in rural Quebec? and Six young anglophones share their hopes and worries about their future in Quebec). Although many young English-speakers are feeling the pressure of finding a job in this province, our experience working with our team of three dynamic Bishop’s university students proved that the future is bright.
The three participants on our team, Yasmine, Victoria and Catherine joined forces with Gabrielle and I to find the most effective way to maximise the outreach of our Family Literacy Toolkit. We also challenged them to find creative ways to distribute our Toolkit among our member organizations while enhancing the presence of a safe community support.
Once the trio had been briefed on the story and goals of the toolkit, they took the project to the next level. They brainstormed the best ideas for the distribution of the toolkit both online and within community spaces such as the offices of our member organisations.
They came up with an original action plan that they explained in clear words, visuals (have a look below for some of the amazing slides they put together) and demos to a panel of judges. In the end, our team did not win the competition (congratulations to the winner, Casa-Gaspe), but they impressed us with their innovative ideas, brilliant minds, and beautiful personalities as well as their active involvement in the community through the volunteering and competitive projects they take part in, despite their busy schedules. Their investment in Literacy Quebec’s mission and vision was truly inspiring and we cannot thank them enough.
Finally, what we, as Literacy Quebec learned from this experience is that
· Embracing social media together with tangible, accessible props is the way to go for Family Literacy Toolkit – stay tuned for more exciting updates!
· We need more projects and events such as the Co-Lab that encourage young people to vocalize their opinions on community matters
· Last but not least, we must listen to young people. Their ideas can change the world by building bridges that bring people together over social, economic and cultural gaps in our ever-evolving world.