We Are All Learners

Literacy Now is working in partnership with community groups and organizations to build and enhance literacy services, programs, and networks in Burnaby.

Our mission is to collaboratively identify literacy needs in Burnaby, to encourage community efforts to add literacy components to current programs, and to create new literacy initiatives where needed.

Literacy now curates a list of literacy programs and providers in Burnaby, and we invite you to have a look at the map.

Community groups and individuals interested in furthering literacy in Burnaby are welcome to attend our regular task group meetings and events. Please contact us to find out more.

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Mother & Child Emotional Power Program

An online program for parents with children ages 0-6 years
New Immigrant Families and Refugees are welcome!

This program includes:
– Exploring the role of emotional well-being in early childhood
– Become aware of your child’s emotions
– Encourage healthy expressions of emotions
– Parenting
– Children’s developmental stages
– Community resources
– Connecting with other parents

Learn together with your child through Fun Games, Storytelling, Arts & Crafts, Songs 

When: Every Monday 10 – 11 am, February 22 to March 29, 2021 
Where: On Zoom

Email: cwwa@vlmfss.ca
Tel: 604-436-1025
Vancouver& Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society 

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Library Champions Online

Are you a new immigrant looking for:
Canadian volunteer work experience?
Online access to community and library resources?
Better communication skills?
More confidence?
New friends and connections to community?
A better understanding of your community?

The Library Champions Project offers all of these things and much more!

To be a Library Champion, you must:
Want to volunteer
Love libraries and helping other people
Be comfortable using technology to connect with others online
Be 19 years or older
Be a permanent resident but NOT yet a Canadian Citizen

For more information, go to www.librarychampions.ca or call 604-437-8441

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Raise-a-Reader with Harman Pandher at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Literacy Now is honoured to have Harman Pandher’s children’s book, Gurpreet Goes to Gurdwara: Understanding the Sikh Place of Worship at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House!

We’re happy to have Harman, a former member of the board of directors of the Burnaby Neighbourhood House, come back as a visiting author to do 3 live virtual readings made possible through the Raise a Reader initiative.



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Raise-a-Reader at the Global Family Clinic

Low literacy is an important issue in Canada and is deeply rooted in early childhood. The Canadian Pediatric Society states that “promoting literacy is a key part of practicing preventive medicine”, hence emphasizing how low literacy can influence health outcomes both directly and indirectly. Primary care providers are ideally situated to promote childhood literacy due to their early and frequent contact with families.

The Fraser Health Burnaby New Canadian Clinic (BNCC) and the Global Family Care Clinic (GFCC) provide comprehensive primary health care, support and advocacy for refugees living in Burnaby, New Westminster and Tri-Cities. Most of the patients come from conflict-stricken countries all over the globe including Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Eritrea. Almost 70% arrive with low proficiency in English and require an interpreter during their appointments. Between the two clinics, the family physicians and nurse practitioners see about 1000 well-child visits annually. These visits provide a valuable opportunity for health promotion, parent education, and provide an ideal setting to promote literacy for newcomer families.

In August 2019, the clinic began to implement a literacy intervention into well-child visits. This intervention includes an assessment of literacy, demonstration of reading, and gifting a new age-appropriate book at every visit. The intervention is based on successful models in Montreal and the Reach Out and Read program in the United States, which have shown to result in parents being more likely to read with their children and higher language scores in preschoolers, among other benefits. With the Raise-a-Reader grant and support from the Tommy Douglas Branch of the Burnaby Public Library, the team at the clinic was able to purchase nearly new 300 books from First Book Canada and United Library Services to gift to newcomer infants and children attending the clinic. 

Raise a Reader funds come from the Raise-a-Reader Foundation itself, the Ministry of Education, and Decoda Literacy Solutions. Please get in touch with Literacy Now if you want more information on the funds or other family literacy projects. You can donate here to contribute to great projects like the Childhood Literacy Intervention at the Global Family Care and Burnaby New Canadian Clinic or other initiatives that foster community literacy in Burnaby!

Picture: Dr. Susan Nouch, Ranjit Lehal NP and Jennifer Woo NP at the Global Family Care Clinic in Burnaby received new books in English, Arabic, Farsi, and Spanish to gift to newcomer children who attend the refugee clinic for their medical appointments.

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Today is Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day is a global effort — taking place annually on January 28th — that generates awareness about the importance of privacy, highlights easy ways to protect personal information and reminds organizations that privacy is good for business. Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is observed annually on Jan. 28.

Find out more on the website of the Cyber Security Alliance.

Image by Biljana Jovanovic from Pixabay.

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Digital Literacy and Short-Term Skills Training for Newcomer Women at ISSofBC

A free 2½ week part-time online study PLUS certification training.

Cohort 3 begins: Feb 5, 2021

The world is transitioning to digital economy. Are you equipped? Do you have the knowledge to get online and stay connected?

This is your opportunity to acquire digital skills on your own with the support of a facilitator and some mentors and gain a short-term skills certificate. Become confident in computer navigation, learn online platforms for study and job search, email set up, cyber safety and security.

For inquiries or to register:
Email: shorttermskillstraining@issbc.org
Call: 604-684-2504

For immigrant women who:
– are permanent residents and can commit to an online learning plan
– have at least CLB level 5 (LINC 6) language skills
– are interested to take an individualized short-term course/s and be job ready

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Family Literacy Week 2021

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed Family Literacy Week (January 24-31, 2021) in British Columbia. Family Literacy Week is an annual BC campaign that recognizes the importance of family literacy.

This year’s Family Literacy Week theme is “Let’s Be Active.” Active play is any physical activity that includes moderate to vigorous burst of high energy and raises a child’s heart rate. It builds physical, social, emotional, language and thinking skills.

“Active play is an essential part of children’s development. And unstructured play is just as important us organized sports and games.” says Margaret Sutherland, Executive Director of Decoda Literacy Solutions, BC’s provincial literacy organization.

To learn more about Family Literacy Week 2021, find free Family Literacy Week activity sheets to download for families and community programs, find events in your neighbourhood, get involved in the online Photo Contest (#LetsBeActive #FLW2021), go to https://www.decoda.ca/support-us/events/family-literacy-week/.

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Story Time From Space LIVE

Join us for the first Story Time From Space Live reading from the International Space Station!
Read along with astronaut Shannon Walker as we follow the extreme adventures of Willow the Water Bear.

Chat with amazing people during the live stream:
Author: Houston Kidd
Tardigrade scientist: Dr. Thomas Boothby
Astrophysicist: Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
Astronauts: Dr. Bjarni Tryggvason & Dr. Alvin Drew

Date: 26 Jan 2021
Time: 9am Pacific Standard Time (PST) (Burnaby, Vancouver)

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