January 15, 2001: Family literacy gets boost in Squamish and Whistler communities

      January 15, 2001
      Contact: Michelle Lebeau
      Regional Literacy Coordinator
      Tel: (604) 892-5322

      (SQUAMISH, B.C.)--A recently completed needs assessment report on the issue of family literacy in Squamish and Whistler is now available at both the Whistler and Squamish public libraries. The report, titled Family Literacy: A Year of Discovery – A Family Literacy Needs Assessment for the Communities of Squamish and Whistler, is also accessible electronically or in hard copy from Michelle Lebeau, regional literacy coordinator, at the Squamish campus of Capilano College.

      A result of a partnership between Sea-to-Sky Community Services Society, the Squamish Public Library, and Capilano College, the report summarizes the findings of a study on the need for, and interest in, family reading and writing programs.

      "I became aware that people in the Squamish and Whistler communities were interested in a family literacy program, but there was no real evidence that programs were needed," Lebeau says. "This report uncovers that evidence and includes recommendations to develop a pilot project. The plan includes a family program that focuses on the needs of both adults and children in Squamish, and a program that focuses more specifically on early intervention in Whistler."

      Funding for this research was made possible by the Adult Literacy Cost Shared Fund of Human Resources Development Canada (National Literacy Secretariat) and the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology.

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