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News From Literacy Nova Scotia
Executive Director's Message
We had a wonderful time at NSPGI 2017 at the Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck as we celebrated Gillis Truckways Inc.’s 20th Anniversary at the tournament.

Beth and Duncan Gillis, co-chairs of the tournament, did an awesome job gathering teams, sponsors and prizes. The Gala and Awards Dinner honoured our PGI learners, Krista Marryatt and Ryan Perrin and the memory of two local educators. Live and silent auctions and great music rounded out the evening.

On Monday morning, 25 teams of golfers played 18 rounds under sunny skies and then enjoyed a barbeque buffet. Poet Laureate Sheree Fitch closed the event with fun words and a serious message to remind us of the important work we do for people at the margins.

We still have important work to do before having a summer break. The PGI Grant Committee is scheduled to review applications on July 10th. To ensure the review moves along smoothly without delay, please ensure you’ve sent in all documentation for last year’s grant.

For those who are currently members, we’ll be sending out a reminder notice. Current memberships expire on August 31 and renewal fees are due by September 1. If you are not currently a member, please consider supporting Nova Scotians to improve their lives through literacy. Memberships purchased now are good until August 31, 2018.

Our office will be closed on July 31 until August 21 inclusive. We wish you happiness and rejuvenation during these summer days!

What's New
Practitioner Training and Certification Program Will Be on Break for the Summer
Modules will begin again on October 15th with the addition of the new module, Supporting English as an Additional Language Adult Literacy Learners (EAL ALLs). Check out the Practitioner Training webpage for more details on the program, modules, and tuition schedule.
If you have already registered for the program, contact Marie David at or 902-897-2444 to let her know which modules you wish to sign up for. NEW participants must fill out the appropriate registration form:
Registration Form for NSSAL Participants
The tuition is free of charge for participants who are LNS members and are from the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning (NSSAL). Funding provided by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education.
Registration Form for Non-NSSAL Participants (Tuition Payers)
Individuals not associated with any learning organization within NSSAL will be charged a non-refundable tuition on a cost-recovery basis. Your tuition payment is due when you register. Tuition is not refundable. Individual modules: $165 each or $742.50 for certification (includes 6 modules, practicum, orientation)

Call for Presenters: PD Conference for Practitioners, November 16 - 17, 2017
LNS invites knowledgeable presenters with experience in adult education facilitation to submit proposals for ninety-minute conference workshop sessions. Workshop content and instruction will provide educational value that is appropriate for adult literacy practitioners and coordinators. Read more

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Other Events
Job Junction July 2017 Calendar
Job Junction in Halifax is offering workshops in July on resume writing, job search, using Microsoft Office, interview skills and more. Read more

Nova Scotia 55+ Games
September 13 - 16, 2017 in Bridgewater NS
The overall motto of the games is Fun, Fitness and Friendship. The events and sports are broken down into three categories: passive, mildly active and active, and non-sport activities are available including bridge and scrabble. There is an early bird draw prize if you register before July 16, 2017. Read more

Many Hands, Many Voices Conference: Working Together For Stronger Communities
October 3 - 4, 2017 in Membertou NS
Save the date for the Community Sector Council's Provincial Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Conference. The goal of the conference is to build cross-sectoral capacity to collaborate and build stronger communities for collective action. Registration will open soon. Read more

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In The News
Celebrate Summer at Your Local Public Library
Public libraries across Nova Scotia are hosting a series of programs, activities and reading clubs all summer long for children, teens and families, including First Nations drumming and dancing, musical instrument making, storytime in the park, fitness activities, art and tech based programs and book clubs. Read more

Discover Your Summer Adventure at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library
It’s the ‘bee’s knees’ of programs for all ages at the PARL library this summer: a literary festival, reading clubs, BINGO, presentations and more. Read more

Libraries Promoting Physical Literacy
Beanbags, skipping ropes, a parachute, books and two rubber chickens. These items and more are included in the Be Fit Kits now available at Cumberland Public Libraries branches. “We’re really looking at promoting physical literacy,” says Cumberland Public Libraries youth services librarian Jenn Atkinson. Read more

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LNS Scholarship and Bursary Awards are available for adult learners. Application deadline is October 20, 2017.

Community-based learning organizations who are members of Literacy Nova Scotia can apply every year for free computer systems and laptops.

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