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Lauren Power, program co-ordinator with Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador speaks at the “Making a Connection” forum Tuesday in Corner Brook.
CORNER BROOK There is at least one person ready to take on the challenge of bettering literacy in the Bay St. George area.
Corrine Tulk, a volunteer with the Bay St. George Literacy Council and a Power-Up coordinator with the Community Education Network, has already been connected to the community needs for social and economic development.
“(Literacy) is something that is very dear to me,” she said. “I am an avid reader, brought my child up reading, and it’s something we did as a family.
“To me, it’s a gift that you give yourself. It’s a sad thing when somebody has not had that opportunity.”
Tulk attended Tuesday’s forum, “Making a Connection,” in Corner Brook held by Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador. The session — the last of four held across the province — highlighted the connection between strong literacy and essential skills, and between individual and community prosperity.
Already immersed in the promotion and teaching of literacy, Tulk said she is ready and willing to help more in her community. After attending the forum, she says she has more ideas and the connections to help make that happen.
“Being a coordinator for those who are facing employment barriers, obviously literacy and essential skills are right up there,” she said. “Being able to connect with that ability to be able to perform successfully in the workforce is a must.”
The information from each of the four sessions — St. John’s, Gander Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and Corner Brook — will be compiled and available through reports online at www.literacynl.com. But the advocacy group will also determine the report’s major focus and present it to government.
“Hopefully, in doing that, we will develop programs that are responsive to the needs of people,” said Lauren Power, program coordinator with Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador.
Throughout all forums, he said, it was obvious literacy and connection is different in urban, rural and remote areas of the province.
“The amount of awareness, availability, accessibility are all across the board,” Power said. “In a place like the regional forum here, we found a re-focus on how we engage urban environments and how we engage rural communities and how we engage remote communities.
“We know it’s not one size fits all. We can not approach everybody the exact same way.”