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News From Literacy Nova Scotia
A Message from Jayne Hunter, Executive Director
Literacy Nova Scotia celebrated Family Literacy Day’s 20th Anniversary by attending the provincial Family Literacy Day celebration at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre in Halifax. We also held a family fun bundle raffle at the Truro Farmer’s Market - Laura Henderson-Yorke was the lucky winner. Thank you to all of the generous sponsors and to everyone who purchased tickets! LNS staff Gina MacCallum and her son attended and participated in the Enchanted Forest Natural Parenting’s reading event for children to discuss the importance of family literacy with parents and caregivers. Family Literacy Day® is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. January 27, 2019 was the 20th Anniversary of Family Literacy Day!

LNS is looking forward to holding two upcoming events in Halifax. The Adult Learners’ Week Celebration will be held on April 1st and the NSPGI for Literacy Gala Dinner and Auction will be held on April 30th. We have an online 50/50 Draw and a raffle on two Air Canada Economy Class round trip tickets to anywhere in North America which are both part of the NSPGI fundraiser initiative, sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Funds raised will be used towards our ongoing efforts to provide supports for adult learners and practitioners across Nova Scotia.

We are looking for five to six past or present learners to share their stories at the Adult Learners' Week Celebration in Halifax on April 1. Please contact us with names of potential speakers. Learners may also have the opportunity to share their stories by entering the iPad Mini Draw and applying for the LNS financial awards - applications for the learner achievement awards as well as the scholarship and bursary awards are available online.

Reminder that in addition to the supports to learners we provide, we also have supports for NSSAL-funded community learning organizations. We welcome applications for PD Fund opportunities, free refurbished computers through Computers for Schools, and for Information Technology (IT Fund). Don’t miss out on these opportunities!

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What's New
Save the Date! Professional Development Conference for Practitioners
October 24 - 25, 2019 at Holiday Inn Truro, 437 Prince St, Truro NS
The PD Conference for Practitioners is open to all CLO practitioners and coordinators who are looking for professional development to help them better support under-skilled and under-employed Nova Scotians.   Make Reservations at Holiday Inn Truro      Cancellation Policy

Call for Nominations to the LNS Board of Directors
The deadline for receiving nominations is May 24th, 2019 at 4:30pm.
More details about the nomination process. Elections will be held on May 31st if needed to fill any vacancies. The new terms will begin following the next AGM on June 14, 2019.



LNS is excited to announce their first 50/50 online raffle. Tickets are $10.00 each with only 5000 tickets available at Literacy Nova Scotia 50/50. The winning ticket will be drawn at the NSPGI for Literacy Gala Dinner and Auction at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on April 30, 2019 at 7:00pm with a live Facebook broadcast.

Monies raised will support community-based learning organizations and allow adult learners in your community access to the services and support they need to achieve their goals. LNS would like to thank you for your support and encourage you to purchase tickets and tell people about this fundraising opportunity. Share links through your social media and email and help us make this a success. Like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. LNS website

Join Our Team! #Bluenose2019: June 6 - 9, 2019
LNS won a free team registration for the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon at Scotiabank Charity Challenge Launch on January 17, 2019. LNS Executive Director Jayne Hunter and LNS Fundraising Coordinator Gina MacCallum (centre) were presented with the free registration.


With so many races to choose from, there's one for everyone! How to join the LNS Team:
  • Register for the 5KM, 10KM, 15KM Half Marathon, Full Marathon, Marathon Team Relay, or Youth Run at this year’s Blue Nose Marathon as part of the Literacy Nova Scotia Team. Make sure you register under LNS Team.
  • Donate to one of our fundraisers or to LNS Team.
A special thank you to Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon for the free registrations we won! We have some available for fundraisers. Email Gina MacCallum or call 902-897-2444 for more details or help registering. Read more

2019 Family Literacy Day Feedback Survey and Money Matters
ABC Life Literacy Canada invites you to provide your feedback by completing this short survey – it should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Surveys submitted by 6:00pm AT on Friday February 15, 2019 will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of five $20 bookstore gift certificates.

Money Matters Workshops: Learning organizations are requested to book their Money Matters for Newcomers and New Canadians workshops for Spring 2019.

Opportunities for Learners

Adult Learners' Week 2019: Enter your story about how improving your literacy skills has made a difference in your life. Your stories inspire others to continue learning. All eligible submissions will have the chance to win an iPad Mini and be published in the Adult Learners' Week 2019 ebooklet. ALW2018 ebooklet

Applications for 2019 NSPGI Adult Learner Achievement Awards are Available.
These awards will be presented at the NSPGI for Literacy Gala Dinner and Auction to be held on Tuesday, April 30 in Halifax.
Maritime Travel Learner Achievement Award ($500)
Teacher's recommendation
Nova Learning Achievement Award ($1000)
Teacher's recommendation
Application deadline for both awards is Friday, March 29 - 4:30pm.

The Learning Beacon: Here's an opportunity for adult learners to have their stories published in the 2019 issue of The Learning Beacon. Please encourage your learners to write stories about their hometowns for the Community Map feature. Email them to Marie David by Friday April 26th.

Opportunities for Practitioners
Register now for Practitioner Training Modules offered in March & April:
• Communications - Learners in Transition: March 4 - 29
• Integrating IT Skills into Your Teaching: April 1 - 26
• Teaching Math - Basic Principles: April 1 - 26
• What's Your Message? Relating to the Adult Learner - 1 day workshop:
  April 6, 10:00am - 3:00pm, Findlay Community Centre, 26 Elliot Street, Dartmouth
Check out the Practitioner Training webpage for details on the program, modules, and tuition schedule. Email Marie David or call 1-800-255-5203.

Opportunities for Organizations
IT Fund: Community based learning organizations can apply for up to $1,000 per year. Funds are to be used for equipment and resources necessary for the delivery of NSSAL’s Adult Learning Program. This can include computers, printers, software, laptops, ipad minis, and assistive technology software. Technical support will be considered and cell phone expenses may be considered. Read more information on criteria and application process. Funds provided by LAE.

Is there a PD opportunity that would benefit your learning organization?
Apply to the PD Fund. New PD Fund online application forms are now available. There are separate forms for individuals (maximum $1000/year) and groups (maximum $4000/year).

Computers for Schools: Does your learning organization need refurbished computers? We offer our LNS members laptops, computers, printers, monitors, keyboards, cables, etc. Place your orders today.


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Events
Adult Learners' Week 2019 Celebration
Monday April 1, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00pm at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library
You will hear inspiring stories from adults who changed their lives by upgrading their literacy and essential skills. Please join us in celebrating the power of adult learning!
RSVP by March 29th to 902-897-2444 or literacyns@nscc.ca

This event is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries.

Join us for a fabulous evening of fun, entertainment and food, and hear the inspiring stories of adults who changed their lives by returning to learning! Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Order tickets online   For more information, email Marie David or call 902-897-2444.

Get Prepared for Tax Changes
February 7, 11:30 - 1:00pm at the Best Western Glengarry, Truro NS
Learn about practical steps on how to prepare you and your business for upcoming tax changes. To register call 902-895-6328 email ec@tcchamber.ca

Webinar: The Learning Design Sprint
February 13, 2019 from 2:30 - 3:30pm AT
Inspired by the Google Design Sprint for product/service innovation, the Learning Design Sprint helps teams create inventive digital and blended learning experiences, more quickly and with greater impact than traditional methods. Read more
To register, email webinars@performanceandlearning.ca      

Executive Directors Network - Accessibility Act
February 15, 12:30 – 4:00pm at 182 Dalhousie Street, New Glasgow NS
Join Tova Sherman of reachAbility and Gerry Post, Executive Director of Accessibility for a discussion of the new Nova Scotia Accessibility Act. Register

Financial Sustainability Workshops for Non-Profits
Central Region: February 21, 9:30am – 4:00pm at Capt. William Spry Library
Northern Region: March 6, 9:30am – 4:00pm at Truro Library
Participants will use a self-assessment tool to measure internal organizational competencies in four core areas of financial sustainability, and draft a financial sustainability plan.

Grant Writing
February 22, 9:30am – 4:00pm at Summer Street Industries, New Glasgow NS
Participants will look at challenges in grant finding and writing, develop solutions to address them and learn how to be more successful and efficient using a Building the Case ‘Prep’ Checklist as a foundational resource. Register

Acadia Lifelong Learning Winter 2019 Courses
January to April 2019 at Acadia University, Wolfville NS
Acadia Lifelong Learning offers courses and events designed for the community, from music and literature to painting, photography, birding and making homebrewed beer. Read more

Citizens at the Centre: A Community Engagement Thought-Leader Series
May 1, 2019 at Saint Mary's Boat Club, 1641 Fairfield Rd, Halifax NS
This is a one-day workshop for organizations and communities seeking new, high-impact ways to work together to create social change. Presented by the Tamarack Institute. For more information, contact duncan@tamarackcommunity.ca     Register


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In The News
February is African Heritage Month
African Heritage Month recognizes the unique story of African Nova Scotians and how this story is interwoven throughout the past, present and future of all Nova Scotians. The theme for 2019 is Our History is Your History. Read more

Resources
Recent Uploads on the LNS Resource Hub
LNS Resource Hub is the place for literacy practitioners who teach, tutor or mentor adult learners in Nova Scotia to share and co-develop teaching resources and discuss best practices. Recently uploaded resources:
  • Case Studies 1 to 5: Strategies for helping learners overcome their learning challenges.
  • Make a Medical History Card
If you don't already have an account on the LNS Resource Hub, email Elaine Frampton to request an account registration code.


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