A brief history of YLC

1979 – 80     The first Laubach Way to Reading training workshop is sponsored by Adult Education Services, District of Bedford School Board, Cowansville, Quebec. An animator is hired by the District of Bedford School Board to develop a volunteer literacy council.

1981               The first Annual Meeting of the Townshippers’ Reading Council is held; 25 tutors and 11 students attend.

1990               The Townshippers’ Reading Council changes its name to Yamaska Literacy Council and incorporates as a non-profit organization under a provincial charter.

2000               YLC opens its Literacy Centre at 239, rue Principale in Cowansville.

2001               YLC initiates its first student-tutor match at the Cowansville Institution, a medium security federal prison. Inmates are trained as tutors.

2002               YLC initiates a Peer Youth Tutor Club at Massey-Vanier High School.           Secondary 4 & 5  students are trained as volunteer tutors to help other students improve their reading and writing skills.

2003               YLC launches its pilot project Summer Reading Camp. Nine campers from Cycle II participate in an eight-day reading camp at the YLC Centre.

2004               YLC literacy student Donna Woodard receives the Canada Post Individual Achievement Award for Quebec for her successful efforts to improve her literacy skills.

2005

2006

  • YLC receives funding from Townshippers’ Association to develop Your Guide to Planning a Summer Reading Camp (SRC manual) and host a satellite SRC in Bedford.
  • YLC produces the You & the Law series.
  • YLC celebrates its 25th anniversary at the Sutton Library with workshops featuring Maaike Zuyderhoff, From a book story to a story book, and Louise Penny, How to write a novel.

2007

  • To celebrate World Book Day, YLC partners with Le Sac à mots and Le Centre d’action bénévole in «AlphaMarchE». Over 400 students from Cowansville’s elementary schools march to Davignon Park to listen to storytellers and make bookmarks.
  • YLC’s resource room is dedicated The Freda Hudson Reading Room, in memory of a remarkable woman.
  • The inaugural Pat Lafrèniere Memorial Pin is presented; the award is given bi-annually to a volunteer who has made a remarkable contribution to literacy in our community.

2008

2009

  • YLC partners with Heroes’ Memorial School to participate in the attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the number of children being read to simultaneously, underlining the importance of reading with children.
  • Martha Shufelt, YLC tutor, is recognized as an Outstanding Townshipper: people who have made notable contributions to the Eastern Townships English-speaking community.
  •  YLC health literacy pamphlet is created.
  • Pat Lafrèniere Memorial Pin is presented to Fran Corry in honour of her years of tutoring, work on the YLC board and support for literacy.
  • YLC offers training for a reading program at Knowlton Academy. The program, Village Reads, recruits community volunteers who offer reading and writing activities to children who have difficulty reading.

2010

  • Le Sac à mots & YLC organize a flash mob for International Literacy Day.
  • 38 students at Massey-Vanier High School complete the Basic Tutor training to form a Peer Youth Tutor Club.
  • YLC produces the Health Literacy Tool Kit funded by Townshippers’ Foundation.
  • The Pat Lafrenière Memorial Pin was presented to Cornelia Fischer in honour of her years of tutoring, work on the YLC board and support for literacy.

2011

2012

  • YLC collaborates with Les Partenaires Brome-Missiquoi Partners and Le Comite Action Local to host a School-Community Symposium to establish the groundwork for an action plan to support educational success in the region.
  • YLC creates and presents copies of our Health Literacy Tool Kit to 16 students studying in the healthcare field receiving bursaries.
  • YLC members are honoured at the PGI Quebec, an event hosted by the Knowlton Literary Association: Anna Brodie with the Learner Achievement Award and Martha Shufelt with the Peter Gzowski Award.

2013

  • YLC receives funding for the Essential Skills project, creating bilingual publicity tools, establishing a library related to essential skills and a point of service at Campus Brome-Missisquoi.
  • YLC initiates a monthly radio show on CIDI 99.1 Radio communautaire Missisquoi, recording 4 shows.
  • The Pat Lafrenière Memorial Pin is presented to Alan Ross in honour of his years of tutoring, work on the YLC board and support for literacy.
  • YLC’s year-end social, Shakespeare 101, is a community collaboration of local actors, musicians and scholars.
  • YLC members are honoured at the PGI Quebec, an event hosted as the closing ceremony of the Knowlton Literary Festival: Kayla Soule with the Learner Achievement Award and Gillian Lortie with the Peter Gzowski Award.

2014

  • YLC receives funding from the Knowlton Lions Club to establish a resource collection for literacy learners at Pettes Memorial Library.
  • YLC receives funding for the Contextualized Learning Project, to develop and pilot training in three areas: financial, digital and health literacy for youth, seniors and women.
  • YLC collaborates with Le Sac à mots to distribute and track books using the Bookcrossing website.
  • YLC opens a Twitter account.
  • YLC members are honoured at the PGI Quebec, an event hosted as the closing ceremony of the Knowlton Literary Festival: Jessica Jalbert-Poirier with the Learner Achievement Award and Colin McGregor with the Peter Gzowski Award.
  • The Peer Youth Tutoring Club is re-established at Massey-Vanier High School.
  • The Pat Lafrenière Memorial Pin was presented to Susan Reininger in honour of her years of tutoring, work on the YLC board and support for literacy.

2015

  • YLC launches an intergenerational digital literacy project in partnership with Campus Brome-Missisquoi and Chartwell Residence Principale.
  • YLC and Le Sac à mots work together on the bilingual health literacy project, Mots à Maux.
  • YLC members are honoured at the PGI Quebec, an event hosted as the closing ceremony of the Knowlton Literary Festival: Gary Williamson with the Learner Achievement Award and Linda Martin with the Peter Gzowski Award.

2016

  • YLC celebrates 35 years of community literacy.More than Words

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