Parenting Through an Anti-Racist Lens

Cameray Child and Family Services offers groups for parents with children 0-6 years old. Parents interested in registering for groups can send an email to

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.

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:
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

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

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)

Family Literacy Week Photo Contest

Family Literacy Week Photo Contest

The Family Literacy Week Photo Contest will be held throughout Family Literacy Week, January 24 – January 31, 2021.

Enter to win! There will be two random draws – one for an individual prize and one for a class prize.

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An Online English Language Group at BNH

Are you interested in research on self-care and mental health?
Are you looking for some social connection with others?
You got it!

Self-Care is an online English Language Group whose topics involve many interesting elements that contribute to mental health, like laughter, nature, exercise, and more! Let’s learn some super useful health information, improve our English, and stay connected with people all at once!

Join us on Zoom every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, starting from January 26th!
Register in advance by emailing

Online EAL Class at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Want to improve your English and have some fun at the same time? No problem!

Get ready to join BNH’s online English class every Tuesday, starting from January 12th!

BNH EAL class is a great way to learn English and practice conversation with others from the comfort of your home.

All learners, newcomers, and refugees are welcome!

Register in advance at

Or visit for more virtual programs!

Research Snippet

Excerpts from the recent issue of Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy (emphasis and hyperlinks added by me):

Asking “when and why the discourse in the field of adult literacy education shifted from the language of human rights and social justice to the language of human capital and workforce development“, Ira Yankwitt from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York answers “the 1990s, neoliberalism […]”.

Stephen Reder from Portland State University argues that “adult literacy education needs to be repositioned within a new framework of lifelong and life-wide learning, a framework in which new policies are formulated, programs are designed and evaluated, and research is funded and carried out. To appreciate how much this suggested framework differs from the neoliberal framework in which adult education is currently embedded, it is worth considering briefly how neoliberalism has gained its foothold in (some would say its stranglehold on) adult education.”

Check out the open access Adult Literacy Education journal on to read more about the “neoliberalism stranglehold” on education.

“To be sure, many students have goals that are consistent with the workforce development agenda, but many other adults needing stronger basic skills have other learning goals and motivations.” Reder goes on.

Scientia gratia scientiae.

Sources quoted:

Reder, Stephen. 2020. “A Lifelong and Life-Wide Framework for Adult Literacy Education.” Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy 2 (1): 48–53.

Yankwitt, Ira. 2020. “Toward a Vision of Movement Building in Adult Literacy Education.” Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy 2 (1): 58–63.