Contact Information Kingston Literacy’s Staff
Community Learning Centre Kingston Carynne Arnold (Executive Director)
Central LINC site
Kingston Literacy (main administrative site) Muriel Brough
88 Wright Crescent, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4T9
Phone: (613) 547-2012 Fax: (613) 547-2024
Ilse Contois The Quarterly Newsletter of Kingston Literacy
Email: email@example.com Mary-Anne Deanike
Community Learning Centre Napanee Laurie DesLauriers Opening Doors to Learning Volume 1, Issue 1 Fall 2007
55 Dundas Street East, Napanee, Ontario K7R 1H7 Anne Jackson Inside this issue:
Phone: (613) 354-0226 Fax: (613) 354-1021
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Anastasia Knechtel-Silver Education and Real Estate
Cover stories 1&2
Community Learning Centre South Frontenac When we decided to make the focus
Princess Anne Community Centre, Highway #38, Kate Lightfoot KL News 3
for this issue of our newsletter real
Hartington, Ontario K0H 1W0 estate, I started doing a bit of reading,
Phone/Fax: (613) 372-2111 Clara Lovatt Thank you 3
and was surprised to learn how much
Email: email@example.com Darren MacDonald ongoing education is involved in
Early Literacy Specialists Karen McGregor being a good realtor. When I thought
Debbie Nesbitt-Munroe (Kingston & the Islands) Project Updates 4 about it, however, it made a lot of
Debbie Nesbitt-Munroe sense, given how markets evolve,
Phone: (613) 546-9355 Fax: (613) 546-5129
Susan Ramsay (Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington) Ursula O’Dell CLCK News 5 government legislation changes and Realtors Mark Sinnett and Paula Wiltse began
Phone: (613) 354-6318 x 32 Fax: (613) 354-1293 new technologies impact the industry. donating 5% of their net commissions to
Catherine Owen CLCN News 5 To be a successful realtor, one must Kingston Literacy in June 2007.
Family Learning Centre Susan Ramsay be a life-long learner, willing to invest
Centre for Expertise in Family Literacy CLCSF News 6 time and effort. It is wonderful to see
Sheila Round could really benefit from further
West End LINC site a field where such training is learning, this is very unfortunate.
1755 Bath Road, Kingston, Ontario K7M 4Y1 Family Lit. News 6 encouraged and readily available.
Phone: (613) 389-0218 (Fam. Lit.) (613) 389-2541 (LINC) According to the Adult Literacy and
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Martha Rudden LINC News 7
Life Skills Survey (May 2005), 15 per
Rose Strohmaier Real Estate Heros 7
Life-long learning is a very important cent of adult Canadians, age 16 to 65,
Family Literacy Centre (in transition) concept that unfortunately has not
Phone: (613) 546-2580 Fax: (613) 546-5129 Carolin Taguchi have serious problems dealing with
Contact Info 8 taken hold with everyone. For many any printed materials; an additional 27
Email: email@example.com people, once they have left school,
Donna Vinkle per cent can only deal with simple
Ontario Works Assessment Office either because they graduated or for reading tasks. That means that roughly
Shirley Urbanski another reason, more education is not
362 Montreal Street, Kingston, Ontario K7K 3H5
perceived as an option. For those who (continued on page 2)
Phone: (613) 546-2695, ext. 4894
Kingston Literacy’s 2007-8 Volunteer Board of Directors Mission Statement Message from President
Kingston Literacy Unless you are in the market for a new As we approach our 30th
John Brown John Conrad Arlene Cronin (President) anniversary in October, we face the
furthers the development home or business space, it is easy to
Noni Cumming Chris Durant Sarah Fraser forget the importance of the real estate prospect of relocating two of our
and growth of adult and main sites. Our Family Literacy
Allison Handelman (Vice President) Nancy Jones Bonnie Livingstone (Secretary) industry. When you are in need of a
family literacy in new space, however, your very future Centre, previously located in Rideau
Nancy Scovil Marilyn Shurtleff Lars Thompson
Kingston and can depend on the skills of your Heights Public School, had to move
Steven Ward Mike Welker (Treasurer) realtor. This is something that this summer, due to the school’s
Kingston Literacy knows all too well.
communities.. (continued on page 2)
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Education and Real Estate (continued) LINC Program News
In late May 2007, Kingston Literacy became a
9 million Canadians struggle with low literacy. It is great to know that some fields, like real
new provider of LINC (Language Instruction for
Sadly, less than 10 per cent of those who could estate, encourage their members to upgrade their
Newcomers to Canada) services, with funding
benefit from literacy upgrading programs in skills and knowledge on an ongoing basis. The
from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Canada actually enrol. (ABC CANADA Literacy, Ontario Real Estate Association website sums it
Within just a few weeks, our LINC class at the
2001) It’s as if people have the perception that up nicely: “Completing required courses is just
Community Learning Centre Kingston was full,
there is a set time during which you should learn, the beginning of a journey that requires
and our class at our west end site (1755 Bath
but if you miss that opportunity, it’s lost. continuing education to maintain your edge and
Road) is growing. This program has added 6 new
professional credentials.” If only we were all so
staff positions to Kingston Literacy, and also a
As we know at Kingston Literacy, it is never too open to ongoing education, the stigma
fresh, international flavour to our sites. We are
late to learn. Our adult students range in age from surrounding adult upgrading and literacy might
happy to welcome our new students, and know
19 to 64, with the bulk being between 25 and 44. diminish significantly...
that we will all learn a lot from them. Service for
While some of our students’ goals are further
more advanced LINC students is available
training or employment search, a number have
Want to learn more about Kingston Literacy? through KEYS at St. Lawrence College, and will Local field trips help our LINC students to learn
jobs, and are getting training to help them to
also soon be available at KEYS’ downtown site as more about our community.
either do their jobs better or move ahead in their Visit our website at
Message from the President (continued) Our Own Real Estate Industry Heroes
need for additional space. In mid-summer, we So what would this shared space look like? If we
worked with our tireless commercial realtor, Paul were in real estate heaven, it would be: In the mid-90s, the Kingston Area Real Estate Association made Kingston Literacy the beneficiary
Chapman, to find a new space. Happily we were of its Homes for Hope program. They sold lovely unique broaches in the shape of homes, and gave
• 7,500-8,000 square feet;
able to find suitable temporary accommodation. the balance of the proceeds to Kingston Literacy. This initiative, headed by Mark Fisher (Royal
• centrally located; Lepage ProAlliance Realty), raised important funds for Kingston Literacy.
We are also looking for a new home for our
Community Learning Centre Kingston, currently • on or very near a bus route; Since 2003, Bob Winsor (ReMax Realty Concepts Corp.) and associates including Marcia Jones,
located in the basement of Calvin Park Public Jan Patterson, Carol Hinton and Hilary McKenna (Hometown Realty Kingston Corp.) have fielded
Library. With the construction of a new branch • at a low cost; and of course
teams for our Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee. Thank you for all your “beesiness”, folks.
for this library, we have been asked to leave the • wheelchair accessible.
current building by the fall of 2008. Although the Over the years, when we have needed to find accommodation, Paul Chapman (Rogers & Trainor)
Library would like to continue to support our has been incredibly resourceful in finding us suitable space.
programs, they are unable to finance a larger Prudential Town Centre Realty’s Mark Sinnett and Paula Wiltse began donating 5% of their net
The Space Planning Committee has met with
building to accommodate us. The estimated cost commissions to Kingston Literacy in June 2007.
representatives from a number of possible
to add additional space to the new library would
partners, and will be kicking things into high gear
be approximately $1.2 million dollars—way
soon if we have not found a suitable site. If you
beyond either of our budgets. We are now
have information about an excellent, reasonably
hoping to find a space large enough to hold both
priced location, please contact Kingston Literacy
our Family Literacy Centre and the Community
at (613) 547-2012. We hope to have good real
Learning Centre Kingston for the fall of 2008.
estate news for you in our next newsletter.
Co-locating these sites could be wonderful for all
programs. Arlene Cronin, President of the Board
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Community Learning Centre South Frontenac (CLCSF) News K.L. News and Announcements
The Community Learning Centre South published and sold student-created calendars very
In June 2007, Prudential Town Centre We also bid a fond
Frontenac (CLCSF) in Hartington, started this successfully for the last two years. In 2006, the
Realty’s Mark Sinnett and Paula Wiltse began farewell to our outgoing
new fiscal year in April with over 24 participants calendar featured historic buildings in South
donating 5% of their net commissions to president, Jerry Bullock,
improving their skills in English, math, computers Frontenac, while in 2007, the calendar focused on
Kingston Literacy. We greatly appreciate their as well as library
and science, as well as preparing for employment. heritage recipes. The calendar project has been an
incredible generosity, and wish them well in representative Deanna
As part of a partnership agreement with St. excellent exercise for the students, including
their new endeavors (and not just because they MacDonald.
Lawrence College, we have been delivering ACE research, writing, desktop-publishing, job-costing
are donating to KL). If you would like more
level programs here since January. Given that and sales.
information about their services, they can be
travel can be a significant barrier to people
reached at (613) 389-9511.
seeking upgrading, especially in rural areas, we
are excited to be providing this much-needed Welcome new staff: Because of expanding
service to students in South Frontenac. programming over the last five months, we have hired
Welcome aboard: At our Annual General
Meeting on June 27th, Kingston Literacy five new staff members. We would like to welcome
A group of CLCSF students have also been Carolin Taguchi, Clara Lovatt, Ursula O’Dell, and Ilse
working hard on a calendar to sell to the public in welcomed three new Board members, Chris
Durant, Nancy Jones and Marilyn Shurtleff. Contois to our LINC program, and Amber Gibson to
the early fall. This year’s calendar will feature our Family Literacy programs.
cars of Frontenac County. The centre has
Family Literacy and Family Learning Centres News Thank you
The start of this fiscal year has been a busy one We greatly appreciate the support of the Kingston Literacy could not carry out its work if Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee: On May 10th,
for Kingston Literacy’s family literacy programs. Limestone District School Board, and the staff at it were not for the help and support of many we held our most successful Bee to date at the
From April to June, we offered a number of both Rideau Heights Public School and LaSalle people, businesses and groups. While we cannot Days Inn, raising over $18,000 for our family
different programs, including Reading And Secondary School. possibly thank them all here, we would like to literacy programs. A huge thank you to all the
Parents Program (RAPP, our flagship family recognize some who have contributed teams, donors, sponsors, volunteers and
literacy service), Great Results After School significantly in the first quarter of this fiscal year. committee members who helped to make this
Program (GRASP), and a bookmaking workshop. event such a hit!
Most of our family literacy programming ended Words and Wisdom: This fundraising series of
for the summer, but will start up again in the fall. readings in the Wilson Room ended in May with Limestone District School Board: For the last
a wonderful presentation about Vimy Ridge by 9 years, our Family Literacy Centre was
That is not to say that the family literacy staff author and broadcaster Ted Barris. The audience housed in Rideau Heights Public School. This
were not busy. Our Family Literacy Centre, was delighted by his incredible energy, not to space proved to be an excellent site, in the
which has been located in Rideau Heights Public mention the delicious treats supplied by Bread & heart of an area we wanted to serve. The Board
School for the last nine years had to move this Butter. In April, we were fortunate to have gave us this space at no cost, and we would
summer, due to expanding classes at the school. Frances Itani as our featured author, with like to say a huge thank you to them, and the
We were very fortunate to have another space Last year, 283 volunteers contributed over 5,800 wonderful desserts from Starbucks. We greatly staff at Rideau Heights for providing us with
offered to us by the Limestone District School hours to Kingston Literacy, as tutors, Board and appreciate all of their support, as well as that of such a great home.
Board, at LaSalle Secondary School. After much Committee members, fundraising helpers and Indigo Books and Music. In addition to helping
sorting, culling and packing, we made the move promote these events, and selling tickets in the
family literacy volunteers. To find out more,
in early August and look forward to operating in store, Indigo sold books at each of our readings
our new space in the fall. check our website (www.kingstonliteracy.com) or and donated back a portion of the sales. We are
call 613-547-2012. Thank you for your interest. very grateful for all their support.
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Events and Fundraisers Community Learning Centre Kingston (CLCK) News
Writersfest: In October 2006, Indigo Books, Kingston Reads and Writersfest: To promote It has been a busy summer at the Community in Essential Skills communications, math and
the Kingston Frontenac Public Library and Writersfest, a writers festival we are co-hosting Learning Centre Kingston. To date this has been computers. In addition, we have 13 occupational
Kingston Literacy joined forces to present our with Indigo Books and the Kingston Frontenac Kingston Literacy’s main administrative site, as curriculum training modules to help introduce
very first Writersfest. We presented readings by Public Library between October 18th and 20th, we well as our adult upgrading location in Kingston. students to the Essential Skills needed in a number
Larry Scanlan, Ron Hotchkiss, Michelle Wan, are holding a “Kingston Reads” campaign in early In May we added a Language Instruction for of entry level positions including: call centre
Terence Dickinson, Jean-Benoit Nadeau and fall. High profile local figures will champion their Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program here, employee, personal support worker, taxi driver and
Julie Barlow. For our first year, this modest favourite books by living Canadian authors. We which added a whole new and exciting dimension skilled trades labourer.
presentation was successful, and funds raised by will present a list of the works, along with a brief to our make-up. Perhaps in a way it is good that
voluntary donations were divided between the pitch by their promoters to the public via our we are in the process of looking for a new home
Friends of the Library and the United Way. respective websites and through the media at large. (see story on page 2), because at times it feels like
The public will then have the opportunity to vote we are bursting at the seams!
In 2007, we are planning a slightly more for their favourite book at each of our sites, up
elaborate program between October 18th and until October 8th. The winner will be unveiled While we do have continuous enrolment, more
20th, including readings, workshops, receptions, during Writersfest. For more details, visit: people sign up for school in September (and
and a “Speed-Dating with Literary Agents” www.kingstonliteracy.com or www.kfpl.ca. January) than at any other time of the year. We
fundraiser, again with the proceeds going to the will again be offering a full schedule of upgrading
United Way and the Friends of the Library.
Project News and Updates Community Learning Centre Napanee (CLCN) News
Centre for Expertise in Family Literacy Child Care Assistant Curriculum Development: In addition to the regular adult upgrading Lightfoot in her place. Kate was the project
(CEFL): Kingston Literacy has received funding In April 2006, Literacy Link Eastern Ontario programming offered here, since January, as part coordinator last year of our distance education
from the National Literacy Secretariat to continue (LLEO) released a series of occupational curricula of a partnership agreement with St. Lawrence program, which ended in November 2006.
developing as a resource for family literacy focusing on the Essential Skills needed in eight College, CLCN has been an ACE delivery site. As
programs in Eastern Ontario. Since 2003, we have specific areas of entry level employment, which such, we offer training to students who will
supported development and training for agencies were designed for adult literacy students. Kingston eventually attend the College’s upgrading
through: our consulting service; a conference held Literacy has been contracted to develop a new program. This service has helped to make this very
in partnership with Queen’s University; training curriculum for people interested in becoming a vibrant centre even more active.
opportunities for the field; and our website, child care assistant.
If you would like to receive an e-notice
www.familyliteracyexpertise.org. We look Another program CLCN has been offering is the
forward to carrying on this important work, and Essential Skills Assessment and Training in the Great Results After School Program (GRASP) in when our latest newsletter gets posted
helping others to develop programs that will Context of Ontario Works and LBS Levels 1-3: Napanee. Funded by the Napanee Community
on our website, email us at
support and encourage reading in families. Building on our partnership with the City of Foundation, this homework club, staffed mainly
Kingston’s Ontario Works Department, we are by volunteers, provided tremendous support to a firstname.lastname@example.org. Rest
developing tools to assess client skills in the area group of youngsters in Napanee from November
assured that we will not share your
of problem-solving, decision-making, working 2006 to April 2007, and will begin anew in
with others and oral communication. Once this October. data with anyone else.
assessment tool is complete, we will then develop a
training framework with activities in these areas. At the end of this summer, CLCN is bidding
farewell to Literacy Basic Skills instructor
Meredith Ware, but welcoming back Kate