Our Programs - Sunshine Coast

  • Literacy Now Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition)

    Partners:  School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast), Sunshine Coast Community Services Society, Sunshine Coast Community Resource Centre, Sunshine Coast Credit Union, Gibsons & District Public Library, Sechelt Public Library, Sechelt Indian Band, Open Door Group (Sunshine Coast Employment Centre) , Pender Harbour Community School

    Funders: 2010 Legacies/Literacy Now

    On the Sunshine Coast a Literacy Outreach Coordinator works with a literacy council and community partners to meet community literacy needs in the communities along the Sunshine Coast, from Gibsons to Pender Harbour.  Activities include raising public awareness, supporting vulnerable learners through a range of projects, and collaborating with aboriginal communities to meet the needs of aboriginal learners.  Sample projects include literacy and food security, digital storytelling, and “Coast Reads”, a school-community initiative that promotes books and reading to schoolchildren and their families.   

    Community Access to Literacy and Learning (CALL)

    Partners:  Sechelt Public Library, Gibsons Public Library, Sunshine Coast Employment Centre

    Funders: Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) through Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP)

    CALL offers one-on-one and small group learning options for adults with low literacy in reading, writing, oral communication, numeracy and technology.   Learning takes place at the Sunshine Coast campus of Capilano University in Sechelt and at the Gibsons & District Public Library, as well as other community spaces.   Students are matched one-on-one with a volunteer tutor from the community.  Tutors participate in a comprehensive training program and receive ongoing support from the program.  The focus of the small groups offered every year varies depending on needs and can include English conversation circles for adults who have English as a second language, beginner computer skills, writing skills, and assistance in preparing to get a driver’s license, among other topics.  

    Sea to Sky/Sunshine Coast Settlement Program

    Partners: Hotspot Community Resource Centre aka Squamish Volunteer Centre Society, Sunshine Coast Community Services, Sea to Sky Community Services, Whistler Public Library

    Funders: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills

    Settlement and Community Connections provided to CIC-qualified immigrants. Top up funding from Welcome BC allows non-qualifying individuals (citizens, PNP applicants, refugee claimants, TFWs) to be supported alongside. Partner organisations employ settlement workers providing Needs Assessment and Referrals, Information & Orientation services. Outreach Workers in place via the SMART Fund support community connections activities. Objectives of the program are to connect with CIC eligible clients through schools, faith groups, workplaces, local governments, health and other community organizations, to develop social supports within and bridges to the local community to encourage and facilitate increased understanding, ability and willingness to participate fully in the local and wider Canadian cultural and community, and to provide ongoing support for Mentors/Volunteer tutors. Core to the program is the facilitation of conversation (ESL) groups delivering life skills, information and community connections. Communities supported: Sechelt, Gibsons, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton.