Northern B.C. literacy programs receive $126,000 in provincial funding

Northern Lights College has received $126,000 from the province to support community adult literacy programs in Northeast B.C.

Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark announced the funding Friday in Fort St. John. Funds will flow from Northern Lights College through to the following groups:

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  • Fort St. John Literacy Society — $24,780
  • Dawson Creek Literacy Society — $15,532
  • Fort Nelson community Literacy Society — $43,162
  • Chetwynd Public Library — $13,088
  • Tumbler Ridge Public Library — $12,882
  • Tlingit Family Learning Centre — $10,793
  • Dease Lake Reading Centre — $5,830

"People who walk through the doors of societies like this are taking a big step, it's life changing," Mark said.

"We don't want to always acknowledge some of our weaknesses, or how we go there or why we got there, but there are 700,000 people in British Columbia that have literacy challenges."

In Fort St. John, the community adult literacy program supported 26 people over the last year.

"The programs we offer to people respond directly to their learning needs so they can move forward, unlock their potential and contribute to our community," said Jessica Kalman, executive director and of the Fort St. John Literacy Society.

"It's exciting to see literacy in our community improve and people achieve their goals, whether it's getting a driver's licence, writing an exam or just building up their confidence."

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