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News From Literacy Nova Scotia
A Message from Jayne Hunter, Executive Director
June is graduation month for many. Congratulations to everyone celebrating a learning milestone this month.

The Literacy Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting will be held on June 14th. We’ve been very fortunate to have an engaged and supportive board - especially during the past five years when our funding situation has been tenuous. Many of these directors have completed their terms on the board and we are very grateful for their dedication. We’ll be welcoming new directors at the AGM who will bring new ideas, perspectives, and energy to sustain our organization in the years to come.

Our LNS team will be participating in the Bluenose Charity Challenge races this weekend. It’ll be an early start on Saturday morning for the 5K walkers!

Thanks to the support of the Colchester 100 Women Who Care and John Kennedy with Adopt a Library, we are able to partner with the Colchester East Hants Library in Truro for their kickoff party for the summer reading club. Literacy Nova Scotia will be offering free books for ages 6 – 18. The event will be held on Thursday, June 27th from 10:00am – noon.

Remember to submit your PGI grant activity reports by July 15th. For those of you who will be taking a summer break, stay safe and have a rejuvenating holiday!

What's New
Call for Presenters: PD Conference for Practitioners
October 24 - 25, 2019 at Holiday Inn Truro, 437 Prince St, Truro NS
LNS invites knowledgeable presenters with experience in adult education facilitation to submit proposals for 90-minute workshop sessions allowing for presentation, interactive activities and discussion. Workshops will need to accommodate groups of 12-20 people. We welcome proposals for workshops on, but not limited to, topics ensuring adherence to the theme of Reducing Barriers: Opening Doors.
Workshop proposals must be submitted using the online form.    Read more
Submission deadline: June 11, 2019. Questions? Contact Marie David

Join Our Team! #Bluenose2019: June 6 - 9, 2019
Literacy Nova Scotia will once again participate in the Scotiabank Blue Nose Charity Challenge. Join our 2019 fundraising team and help support adult learners in Nova Scotia! 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

Opportunities for Learners
LNS Scholarship and Bursary Awards are available for adult learners. Application deadline is September 30, 2019.

Opportunities for Practitioners
Register now for Practitioner Training Modules offered in Fall 2019:
• What's Your Message? Relating to the Adult Learner: Sept or Oct, Location TBA
• Literacy, Adult Learners and YOU!: Oct 7 – Nov 1
• Teaching Math: Basic Principles: Oct 7 – Nov 1
• Integrating IT Skills into Your Teaching: Nov 4 – 29
• Techniques for Teaching, Reading, Writing and Spelling: Nov 4 – 29
Check out the Practitioner Training webpage for details on the program, modules, tuition schedule, and how to register for modules. The new schedule of modules for September 2019 – June 2020 is available. Questions? Contact 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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LNS Annual General Meeting
Friday June 14th at 5:00pm, NSCC Truro
RSVP to Heather Lauther by Friday June 7th. Email literacyns@nscc.ca

Leadership Lab: Unleashing Human Potential Through Values-driven Leadership and Cultures
June 12th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at location
Participants will explore successful work cultures that are values-driven, vision-guided and that embrace the values of adaptability and continuous renewal. This lab supports individuals who want to become volunteer leaders in the community sector. Register

Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia AGM
June 18th from 1:00 - 1:30pm at Phoenix House, Halifax NS
Join CSC-NS for their AGM by one of the following methods: Online via GoToMeeting
or by phone: 1-(647) 497-9391 (Access Code: 116-474-621)
If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP via email to amacdonald@csc-ns.ca Register

The Institute for Performance and Learning Networking Event
June 18th from 6:00 - 7:30pm at Smitty's, 362 Lacewood Dr., Halifax, NS
Connect with like-minded learning and development professionals to expand your network while sharing successes and discussing trends and challenges in Learning, Human Resources, or related industries such as Change Management, Business Analysis and Service Delivery. Register

2019 Nova Scotia 55 + Games
July 31 - August 3, and October 16 - 18, 2019 in Antigonish NS
Antigonish Town and County are excited to welcome you to the 2019 Nova Scotia 55 + Games, and are pleased to offer a variety of events, including literacy activities for adults (card games, scrabble and geocaching)    Events   Register

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In The News
Work Skills Program Transforming Nova Scotia Teens’ Lives
According to the NS Co-operative Council, provincial work programs for teens produce significant results and change the lives of youth. They experience what it is like to have hope and options, to develop confidence and skills, and to have a job where they are paid, in many cases more than minimum wage. Read more

RCF Joins the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge to Fund Youth Employment in Rural Nova Scotia
Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCF) is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, making up to $15,000 available to five youth-led projects in rural Nova Scotia that address diverse and urgent local priorities. Deadline for applications: September 18, 2019. Read more

Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award Nominations Open
The Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honours innovation in the creation and delivery (or in the development, implementation and delivery) of adult literacy or adult-integrated family literacy programs delivered by a community organization in Canada. Application deadline is Monday, June 10, 2019. Read more

VIDEO: UP Skills for Work in Halifax
UP Skills for Work is a free employability skills program for adult learners. Hear from participants who took part in an essential skills workshop at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax. VIDEO

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:
  • Favourite Math Resources
  • Games That Develop Math Skills
  • GED Math Prep Checklist
  • Hashi - Bridges and Fences Logic Math Puzzle
  • How to Play KenKen
  • Kakuro Rules
  • Logic Puzzles
  • Thoughtful Questioning Strategies
If you don't already have an account on the LNS Resource Hub, email Elaine Frampton to request an account registration code.

Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy
Adult Literacy Education (ALE) is a new online, peer-reviewed, themed research journal published by ProLiteracy twice a year. The journal’s mission is to publish research on adult basic and secondary education and transitions to college and career programs. Read more

VIDEO: How to Find, Train Keep or Be an Awesome Treasurer
This webinar recording outlines what ideal qualities you should look for in treasurer candidates, and suggests training materials for those interested in or currently serving on a board of directors. Read more

VIDEO: Managing Risk and Opportunity for Greater Impact
Practical approaches, techniques and tools to build risk management capabilities in your organization are discussed in this webinar recording. Read more

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