Chair of the North Peace Literacy Alliance Andy Ackerman says with literacy being an issue for many in the country it is important to provide assistance to programs that will benefit not only children but adults as well.
“Literacy is a major issue in Canada. Any time we can provide funding to help groups move programs forward that are going to increase literacy, that’s why were doing this,” he says. “Our job is to give the funding away to fine groups in Fort St. John that will really benefit to increase the literacy not only of the kids but of the adults in our community.”
In all $300 was given to the North Peace Seniors Centre to help with an ancestry project. Toastmasters received $5,000 for their “Speak Up, Speak Out!” youth leadership program. The program is free of charge and open to those 12-18 years old.
School District 60 received two cheques. $3,000 went towards the Roots of Empathy program for kindergarten classes. The program aims at connecting a community family with the classroom to implement a number of skills such as emotional literacy, and coping skills. The second cheque was for $1,000 and will help with the development, printing, and distribution of kindergarten readiness brochures.
The Fort St. John Public Library was on the receiving end of a cheque for $8,471.52. That money will go towards two instructors who will teach the Computer Skills Training Program. The free program gives one on one instruction aimed at improving computer and information literary skills.