DAWSON CREEK – The provincial government is granting $69,354 to South Peace organizations to provide residents with the literacy skills they need to participate in B.C.’s growing economy.

The organizations are:

  • Dawson Creek Literacy Society – $29,600
  • Tumbler Ridge Public Library – $21,756
  • Chetwynd Public Library – $17,998

“These community-based literacy partnerships help adult learners gain confidence and build the learning foundation they need to follow their dreams, pursue advanced education, and take their place in the skilled workforce of today and the future,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said.

The grant comes from the $2.4 million government has invested in community adult literacy programs in 75 B.C. communities in 2015-16.

Funding is distributed to non-profit community groups to offer free literacy training that is easily accessible in local places such as schools, Aboriginal friendship centres and community centres. The program is tailored to suit the needs of any adult with low-literacy ability, and is delivered by trained volunteers offering one-to-one tutoring or small-group classes.

Community organizations collaborate with a public post-secondary institution in their region. These partnerships encourage the transition of adult learners from literacy programs to post-secondary studies and/or employment training. Northern Lights College is collaborating with the Dawson Creek Literacy Society, the Tumbler Ridge Public Library and the Chetwynd Public Library.

Since 2001, the provincial government has invested more than $25 million in community adult literacy programs, helping approximately 100,000 adults improve their reading, writing and math skills.

For more information about community adult literacy programs, visit: http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/literacy/welcome.htm.