September 8th – International Literacy Day. A day established by the UN in 1965 to recognize the barriers faced by people around the world who cannot read, or struggle with the printed word. The Yamaska Literacy Council (YLC), in partnership with Pettes Memorial Library and the Knowlton Lions Club, hosted Share the Word, an event to raise awareness of literacy issues, and celebrate the success of adult literacy learners on International Literacy Day.
Front and centre at the event, Gary Williamson and Ernest Turner, both YLC members, shared excerpts from books they have written. Turner is in the process of writing a memoir about life on their family jersey cow farm in Dunham. He selected a collection of stories about his “girls” to launch at the event. Williamson wrote a book about his experiences with bullying, as a way to bring attention to the issue and let others know that they are not alone. Mayor Richard Burcombe attended the event and offered congratulations to the writers, and to the literacy volunteers who work with them.
“There are many people in our communities that face barriers on a daily basis due to low literacy. Joining a local literacy program is a great way to develop or strengthen literacy skills,” says Yamaska Literacy Council President and tutor, Martha Shufelt. “You can share the word by volunteering as a literacy tutor, or even by telling people about our free literacy tutoring for adults.”
The Yamaska Literacy Council is a volunteer literacy organization that trains volunteers to help English-speaking adults in Brome-MIssisquoi read, using the principles of EACH ONE TEACH ONE. For more information about the Yamaska Literacy Council contact Wendy Seys at 450-263-7503/866-337-7503, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit us at www.yamaskaliteracy.ca