Stories & Poems

Sylvia Vicq Tutor Award Winner-Ivanoe Cubillos

When Ivanoe came to Canada from Chile, she knew very little English. She was a teacher in her home country, and wanted to do her best for herself and her family. When she arrived, a single mother of two, she was hungry to learn this new language. She star

Terry Affleck

Learning to Read Later in Life My name is Terry Affleck and I learned to read at the age of 63 and today at 65 I am enrolled at Holland College to prepare for my GED. I started school in a “one room” classroom which was very common in small ru

Lisa MacLean

How and Why I Returned to School I believe the most important thing I have learned since I left school with a grade nine education is how important my education should have been to me. I should have taken my education more seriously and completed school

Leigh Chaisson

How and Why I Returned to School Leigh Chaisson is the winner of The Co-operators Learner Achievement Award presented each year at the PGI Golf Tournament for Literacy. Here is the essay he submitted with his application for the award. My name is Leigh

Agnes MacDonald

Returning to School Making the decision to return to school has been one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences of my life. I have to admit I was afraid that I could not do the work. My past experience with school had not been a positive one. F

AnnaMarie Drake

“Better Late Than Never” is my new motto in life. This new way of looking at life has become my attitude since I decided to return to school three years ago. It was a decision I’ll never regret and its benefits sure outweigh its hardships… REA

Digging Into Literacy

Frontier College Goes Back to the Mines When Frontier College was founded in 1899, the mission was to increase people’s knowledge all over the country, wherever they were located. One of the earliest populations to benefit from Alfred Fitzpatrick

Circling Literacy

A poem written and presented by Shelagh Rogers at the Haida Gwaii PGI. This poem was transcribed from her presentation, which can be viewed on youtube at We are welcomed to Haida Gwaii with a paddle song, Ancient words

Shelagh Rogers Poet Laureate

NS PGI 2009 Shelagh Rogers Poet Laureate To sum up this day in a poem Would really take more of a tome. For it was a day that was blessed And perhaps should be left UN-expressed. But that would be such a big cop-out So no, I will not do an opt-out. But th