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Mayor Ackerman stressed the importance of literacy when looking to hire skilled workers.

“When we face the HR crunch that will come upon us when the baby boomers start retiring…the demands on technology are going to increase because you’re going to have to work a lot smarter than we are working right now, and literacy is going to become vital to those jobs.”

As a celebration of Family Literacy Month, the North Peace Literacy Alliance is holding a slew of free events later in January.

On Tuesday, January 24, a poetry workshop will be held with Christy Jordan-Fenton, an accomplished writer of children’s books who now lives in the North Peace. The event takes place from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Rising Spirit Aboriginal Youth Centre located at 10035-100 Avenue. Registration for this event is recommended. Contact Clarice Eckford at or call her at 250-262-2088.

On Wednesday, January 25, Lindsay MacIssac, a clinical dietitian, will hold a family-oriented community kitchen, to teach families how to regularly incorporate delicious and healthy meals into their diets. Funded by the United Way, families will cook together in this workshop. This event will take place at the North Peace Secondary School Foods Room at 9304-86 Street from 6 – 8 p.m. As space is limited, registration for this event is mandatory. Contact Clarice Eckford at or call her at 250-262-2088.

On Thursday, January 26, families will have the chance to connect with loved ones via snail mail as part of a letter writing club. From 4 – 8 p.m. in the North Peace Cultural Centre Multipurpose Room, residents are encouraged to drop by and write a letter or postcard or create anything that’s mailable to send to another family. Stationary will be provided and registration is not required – just drop in.

On the evening of Friday, January 27, Whole Wheat & Honey Cafe will play host to a Family Literacy Concert. B.C. musician Jacob Verberg will take families through music and stories from around the world. The event is a collaboration with the Welcoming & Inclusive Communities & Workplaces Program. The show runs from 6 – 8 p.m., and make sure to show up early as space is limited.

Finally, on Saturday, January 28, the North Peace Cultural Centre will be transformed into a local film festival. From 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Carpet Room, short children’s films by Rolla filmmaker Rio Fitch will be shown, suitable for both children and parents. Fitch’s children’s films have been screened at festivals around the world, from Chicago to Haida Gwaii. Afterwards, families are invited to stay after hours, and sleep over in the Fort St. John Public Library, surrounded by their favourite books. The campout will last until noon on January 29. Everyone is encouraged to come to the film screening, but registration is mandatory for those wishing to sleep over. Contact Clarice Eckford at or call her at 250-262-2088. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian for the entire campout.

While attending one or all of these events, make sure to pick up a Journey to Learning Passport, and get it stamped at each event. Each stamp on your passport enters you into a draw for a $50 gift certificate from Aurora Cinema. Passports can be picked up and dropped off at the Fort St. John Public Library or can be printed from these websites, starting January 13:

North Peace Literacy Alliance:
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