With assistance from Literacy BC, Provincial Gaming Proceeds and other community partners, Similkameen Family Literacy aims to promote …
“the enjoyment and good use of language in heard, read, spoken and written communication. ”
Family Literacy activities occur throughout the year, including:
1. Community outreach in cooperation with the Okanagan Regional Library (Keremeos and Hedley Branches) where reading and writing events as well as special displays are a feature;
2. Parent education and support offered in partnership with the Canadian Action Plan for Children;
3. Support and Liaison with School District #53 and Ntna’mtquen Snm’alm’ayatn Education Centre;
4. Similkameen Family Literacy presents such programs as Story Theatre for young people, Reading, Recitation and Sing-along for the elderly in care.
People affected by literacy challenges include:
- The elderly who need support to continue in the use and enjoyment of language.
- Infants and toddlers whose parents are a key support to child’s use and enjoyment of the many forms of communication.
- French-speaking people who are entitled to access to French language materials for home, work and recreation.
- Adults who do not have enough schooling to use the language well.
- First Nations people who are entitled to community respect for and continued use and enjoyment of their language.
- Immigrants who need support to use English to get by better at work and in the broader community.
- Persons with disabilities need access to information and support to manage written and spoken communication.
- Children generally receive support through public school education and benefit from extra stimulation in the broader community.