Sandra, a single working mother, came to Project Literacy Kelowna to seek help to complete her Grade 10 English. Her plan was to take a health care assistant program so she could secure stable employment to support herself and her youngest son. She knew she needed to continue working at her housekeeping position so she could pay her bills while she was working to obtain this credit.
She realized that face to face scheduled adult English classes would conflict with her work commitments, and she was told that taking the course online would be her only option. The problem – Sandra did not have internet access or a computer at her home, and had very limited experience using computers. She was looking for a way to make it happen. She was looking for some help and some hope.
The day Sandra arrived at Project Literacy she was assessed and given assistance to register for the on-line English 10 class. Arrangements were made for her to come to our learning centre on her days off to use the computers and receive support from a tutor and staff to develop computer skills, and complete course assignments. Sandra biked to Project Literacy when the weather was nice and took the bus during the winter months. It took longer than she had hoped, but she completed the English 10 course with a final mark of 76%. She is currently taking the health care assistant course, wearing scrubs and a proud smile.
Sandra said this experience,
“has totally changed my whole outlook on life. I am so glad to know that there are people out there who will help you succeed in your goals. I even noticed that my son has changed his attitude with his school work. When he saw me working hard on my assignments he applied himself much more in his work. Recently, he got the best mark he has ever had on his math.”
“I sincerely believe that I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this without the help I received at Project Literacy Kelowna. “
This hardworking mother who had left school in grade 9 when she became pregnant, had the desire and a plan to make a better life. She just needed a bit of help to make it happen. Project Literacy Kelowna’s tutors are happy to help.
Project Literacy tutors are all volunteers and the organization runs on a number of fundraising initiatives and donations from community supporters. As an organization Project Literacy aims to see a community where all adults are able to reach their potential at work, at home and in the community.
*Please note Sandra is a changed name for privacy purposes.
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