Thank you for checking out our June 2020 edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick newsletter. Keep reading to learn how LCNB and others are adapting to these unprecedented times.
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Literacy Coalition Update

Since our last newsletter, much has changed. Here's some important information from the Literacy Coalition:

A Message from the Executive Director 

We hope that everyone is doing well and is staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. Like many of you, our Literacy Coalition team is getting used to working at home as we continue to advance lifelong learning while ensuring the safety of our staff and learners. 

All of our meetings and events have been cancelled or moved online due to the requirement for social distancing. Although the face to face classroom training for our Atlantic Fisheries project has been suspended, we’re using this time to test the effectiveness of our newly developed online curriculum and e-platform. We are also exploring the extent to which we can support participants’ connection to the internet and increase their online and digital literacy.

Our PGI grant application process is on hold until programs are back in operation and we have rescheduled our May 5th PGI Literacy Dinner and Auction to September 22nd. 
During April we celebrate Adult Learners’ Week (April 12-18) and NB Literacy Day (April 15th)!

NB Literacy week is a time to remember that literacy is a fundamental human right and that literacy skills are more critical today than ever. In conjunction with this week, the Literacy Coalition held their annual Adult Learners’ Writing Contest. A sincere thank you to all who participated in the contest. We received submissions from over 30 learners whose inspiring stories are being featured in our eBooklet on our website at The names of the winners will be announced at a later date.

We are most pleased to announce that the Honourable Brenda Murphy, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, has graciously accepted our invitation to serve as our Honorary Patron for the duration of her mandate. A message from Her Honour is included in this newsletter.

We know that we are learning many important lessons during this pandemic, not the least being how dependent we are on one another and how dependent we are on technology for our information source and social connections.  This newsletter includes links to some of the  excellent resources that are available to help us through this extraordinary time. 

Take care and be well !

Lynda Homer
Executive Director

2020 PGI Literacy Dinner & Auction Cancelled

Sadly, we have come to the decision to cancel the 2020 PGI Literacy Dinner & Auction.  It was not an easy decision to make, but in order to protect our most vulnerable, it is the right decision.

As of right now, we plan to have our next PGI dinner in 2021, so stay tuned for details.  We hope to see you next year!

This also means that PGI Grant Applications for 2020 are now closed.  If you have any questions about the process, please contact

Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards: Call for Nominations

Founded by Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell in 1998 as The Lieutenant Governor’s Literacy Awards, these awards have continued since 2003 by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick.

The awards will honour New Brunswickers in the following categories:

Early Childhood Literacy
Community Literacy Program
Individual Outstanding Contributions to Literacy
Business/Corporate Literacy Initiatives
Workplace Essential Skills
Outstanding Effort in indigenous Literacy

The nomination form can be found here.  Version française ici.  The deadline for nominations is August 21, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

To see a list of the past winners, and for more information, Click here .

Welcome to Our New Communications & Project Director


My name is Peter Jewett, and I am the new Communications and Project Director at the Literacy Coalition.  I've been working from home since the end of May, which is a new and challenging experience, but it's been rewarding.  I'm glad for this opportunity!

In April, I finished my second year at St. Thomas University, where I'm studying Journalism, Communications and Political Science.  My interests include reading and writing, current events, technology, sports, podcasting, music, and the outdoors.

I'm looking forward to interacting with many of you on LCNB's social media!  You can contact me at
Enjoy your summer!


Launch of New Family and Early Childhood Literacy Web App

We are excited to announce the official launch of our new Family and Early Childhood Literacy Asset Map which we have called “Melanie”.

Melanie was created in partnership with the UNB Early Childhood Centre, CODAC NB, and a wide range of early childhood service providers, educators, government and community literacy groups across the province.  This unique, bilingual online platform offers a reliable one-stop shop of well-researched, quality early literacy information and resources for New Brunswick. A sincere thanks to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development who provided the funding. Also, a huge thank you to all of our Committee Members!  We hope you will take a moment to visit Melanie at:

National Indigenous History Month & Storytime with Imelda Perley

Imagine a time before technology, before electricity, telephones, televisions and storybooks when our storytellers were so revered as knowledge keepers, language carriers, entertainers and protectors of our identity. We are so fortunate to have many storytellers within our communities. However, we rarely hear our first language storytellers.

Neqotkuk Wellness Center has been hosting Story Hours and will be continuing to host virtual sessions during the Pandemic to keep our language and stories alive.

Our next event hosted by Opolahsomuwehs (Imelda Perley) will be June 18th at 7 PM via Neqotkuk Wellness Center’s Facebook page. She will also be sharing language lessons and family activities with each story.  Language learning promotes healing and we are proud to revive this family tradition. Please join us as a part of Indigenous Language Month to listen to our language, to learn a few words and to celebrate the gift of language within the art of storytelling.
If you would like to learn more about Indigenous History Month, you can here.

Our friends at The Canadian Children's Book Centre have compiled a list of books about Indigenous peoples in Canada, with recommendations for all ages.  You can find the list

Finally, to better understand the importance of Indigenous History in Canada, check
this page out.

Talking to Kids About Racism, Early and Often

June 2020 | Jessica Grose | The New York Times
Image by Loris Lora for The New York Times

As protests over the killing of George Floyd (and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor) spill into a second week, many parents are wondering how to talk about the deaths and unrest with their children. But just as important in the long run, especially for nonblack parents, is how to keep the conversation about race and racism going when we’re not in a moment of national outrage, and to make sure all children see black people as heroes in a wide range of their own stories, and not just as victims of oppression.

In this moment, try to address the killings and protests honestly and in an age appropriate way, said Y. Joy Harris-Smith, Ph.D. a lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary and the co-author of the forthcoming “The ABCs of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace Our Differences.

You can start having conversations about race in preschool, said Jacqueline Dougé, M.D., a pediatrician and child health advocate based in Maryland — children can internalize racial bias between the ages of 2 and 4, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics article that Dr. Dougé co-wrote.

To read on, click

New ParticipACTION Report Card Shows Families are Critical Influencers for Children's Healthy Habits - But Support is Needed to Get Kids Moving

June 2020 | ParticipACTION

ParticipACTION released its latest Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth today, identifying families as critical influencers in children's physical activity and healthy habits. Right now, families are physically closer than they have been for generations, as many of us stay home to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Restricted access to playgrounds, physical school, childcare and playdates means the family's impact has never been greater, but it's also more challenging than ever to develop and maintain healthy habits at-home.

To read on, click

Canadian Book of the Month
Son of a Trickster

By: Eden Robinson

More than ten years after her Giller-shortlisted title Monkey Beach, Eden Robinson returns with a striking and precise coming-of-age novel, in which everyday teen existence meets Indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics and cannibalistic river otters.

     Meet Jared Martin: sixteen-year-old pot cookie dealer, smoker, drinker and son with the scariest mom ever. But Jared's the pot dealer with a heart of gold--really. Compassionate, caring, and nurturing by nature, Jared's determined to help hold his family together--whether that means supporting his dad's new family with the proceeds from his baking or caring for his elderly neighbours. But when it comes to being cared and loved, Jared knows he can't rely on his family. His only source of love and support was his flatulent pit bull Baby, but she's dead. And then there's the talking ravens and the black outs and his grandmother's perpetual suspicion that he is not human, but the son of a trickster.

In The News

The world is a happening place! Here are some stories we think are worth reading.

Literacy advocates worry some children will fall behind

May 2020 | Sarah Morin | CBC

Literacy advocates in New Brunswick are concerned children's development may fall behind during the pandemic. 

Julie Smith, executive director of Elementary Literacy Inc., said while some kids may be using reading as an escape during the pandemic, it's not the case for everyone.

"A lot of them are resisting, especially if they were lacking the confidence before and especially if there's stress in the family," Smith said. 

To read on, click here.

Essential-skills fishery program moves online, expands during COVID-19
May 2020 | Sam Juric | CBC

Image submitted by the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance

The co-ordinator for the Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries P.E.I. program says going virtual during COVID-19 could lead to lasting, positive outcomes for future participants. 

In August 2019, the program saw its first 11 participants begin to gain essential skills for the workplace including reading, document use, numeracy and computer use — plus four weeks of paid work in the aquaculture industry.

The program, is led by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick in partnership with the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance and the federal government. 

The program's second cohort is expected to begin Monday.

"Our program is designed to connect the people who are ... potentially facing low employment and low literacy rates and give them an opportunity to complete a certificate and some training and to connect with the workforce," said Lily Reaman, program co-ordinator.

To read on, click here.

New Brunswick teacher helps write children's book about dealing with COVID-19

May 2020 | Shelley Steeves | Global News

A New Brunswick teacher has written a book that he hopes will help kids around the globe open up to their parents about the stresses of living with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The book titled “Hope where are you?” was written by Armand Doucet, a teacher in Riverview, N.B., and was co-authored by Elisa Guerra, a fellow teacher living in Mexico.

“You see it in kids — they are struggling with what is happening and are trying to navigate this,” said Doucet, who released the book online this week.

The illustrated book tells the stories of children across the globe following the closure of schools due to the pandemic.

The goal, Doucet said, is to help start what can be a difficult conversation for parents.

He said that he was inspired to write the book by his friend in Italy whose family members died from COVID-19.

To read on, click here.

Helpful Online Resources

Here is a list of online resources that might be helpful to you and your family as we go this extraordinary time. They include important information, ideas, literacy games, story telling sites and lots of fun activities for the whole family.

 How to Host Your Family’s Own Personal Summer Camp 
Are your kids wondering what will happen with summer camps this year?  With many camps not opening, making your own summer camp may be the best option.  To read this how-to from the New York Times, click here.

 Stress Management Guide for Adult Learners 
Our friends at ABC Life Literacy Canada have put together a guide to managing stress for adult learners.  It's an excellent resource that is especially useful in the midst of a pandemic.  To see the guide, click here.

 Department of Education Resources for Learning at Home 
NB Department of Education has prepared this resource as a support for families with children who are learning at home. Click the link “Learning at Home: Resources for Families”:…/depa…/education/learning_at_home.html

People Before Programs: How to Encourage Innovation and Creativity in Crisis
As service providers, we have been issued a call to action in these last two months. Never before have we been asked to rise to the occasion in ways that challenge us to step up in the face of our own personal fears, with little information and no guarantees. Some of us are left longing for the old normal; some for a new normal; and all of us are just trying to do our best in the moment.  To read on, click here.

 Family Literacy Resources from the Literacy Coalition Website 
Here are just a few of the many resources found on the Literacy coalition website under the Research and Resources tab at

Let’s Learn! A parent’s guide to giving your child a great start - Containing tips and ideas for encouraging family literacy in everyday life and lots of fun activities for the whole family.

Family Literacy in the Outdoors - Ideas for Enjoying the Outdoors  with your family - Natural outdoor spaces are rich learning environments for all ages no matter what the season or type of weather.

Sharing Books with Babies - This delightful vide contains helpful information and tips for parents wishing to support their children’s early literacy development from birth.Ideas for Enjoying the Outdoors  with your family - Natural outdoor spaces are rich learning environments for all ages no matter what the season or type of weather.

 Financial Literacy Resources From Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada 
We do not know how long COVID-19 will affect our financial and job situations. This website offers financial literacy tools that will help you develop your budgeting skills and track your expenses.

 Health Literacy Tips from ABC Life Literacy Canada 

COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our health systems. Understanding how to navigate health and wellness in the midst of a pandemic is crucial.  This short article has several useful resources for increasing health literacy.

 Local Authors Online 
Have you explored the local authors of New Brunswick? Here are some authors offering uplifting story tellings, book readings and so much more! Don't miss out! 

NB Author, Wendy Mcleod Macknight is creating a members-only Facebook group for kids, parents and teachers. If you’re interested in receiving an invite, email her at and she will send you an invite! She's also reading from her books on her Instagram IGTV channel!  

NS Author, Sheree Fitch has created a podcast for ages 2 to 102, called Mabel Murple’s Popping Purple Wordspinning World consisting of "Nonsense Poetry and "Utter" Stuff". Click here for the link and scroll down.

Professional Story Teller, Dr. Joanne LeBlanc Haley has created a youtube storytelling series for children. Subscribe to her channel to view the stories as they are added each week. Click here for her Youtube Page.

 COVID-19 Family Resources 

  • Click here for understanding COVID-19 news coverage, how to stay calm for yourself and your kids and suggestions for what to watch, read, and play.
  • Here is an entire list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closing. 
  • Tips and resources that can help keep kids entertained, engaged and learning while stuck inside: Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic (There are things you can do with children on the Fun page.)
  • On The Loose: A Guide to Life Online For Post-Secondary Students: This document supports young adults who are experiencing new freedoms and challenges in their post- secondary life. It covers a variety of digital issues that students may require guidance on, including: schoolwork; money and security; relationships online; and trying to stay healthy. 
 Fun Learning Games 

Top Marks Literacy Games:
PBS Kids Literacy and Math Games:

Community Initiatives

 Born to Read NB 
Born to Read NB is an early childhood initiative that promotes the joy of reading aloud to babies. Parents of newborns in New Brunswick are given a bright red bag containing information on early childhood development and library programs and a special selection of books to read with baby. For more information about Born to Read NB, go to our website at If you are aware of a family with young children who was missed at birth or has moved here from another province and would like to receive a Born to Read bag, please let us know by email at or call President, Lynda Homer at 457-0331.Adult Literacy Fredericton

 Adult Literacy Fredericton 
Formerly Laubach Literacy Fredericton, Adult Literacy Fredericton provides a free one-to-one tutoring service to adults 18 and older who want to improve their reading and writing skills.  Anyone who is interested in upgrading their reading and writing skills, or in becoming a volunteer should contact the coordinator at 458-1396 or email

 Elementary Literacy Inc. (ELF) 
If you are interested in working with elementary students to improve their literacy skills, consider becoming a volunteer with Elementary Literacy Inc. To find out more and to register as a volunteer, visit their website.

 Frontier College 
Frontier College is a national, non-profit literacy organization that was founded in 1899. We work with children, teens, adults and families who need help to improve their literacy skills. We work with a variety of partner organizations to deliver volunteer-run, community-based programs across Canada. Frontier College is accredited under the Imagine Canada Standards program. To find out more visit their website or Facebook.

For more information, please contact Johnny St-Onge, NB Regional Coordinator, 506-450-7923,

 Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick (LDANB) 
LDANB is proud to be offering the Barton Reading and Spelling System in the greater Fredericton area. This literacy program aims to improve the reading, spelling and writing skills of those who have a reading disability (Dyslexia) or reading difficulties. Barton is a specialized one-on-one tutoring system based on the Orton-Gillingham method that teaches the phonemic structure of our written language using a multi-sensory approach. LCNB is proud to support LDANB by providing funding for financial subsidies for low-income families to be able to participate in this program. To find out more click here.

 Saint John Learning Exchange (SJLE) 
The Learning Exchange is Saint John's leader in adult education, training, and career development. They are a non-profit organization that has become an authority on innovative programming that meets the unique needs of everyone who walks through their doors. If you or someone you know is looking for support to meet academic or employment goals, they have the programming and resources you need. To learn more about the Saint John Learning Exchange visit their website.

 Community Adult Learning Programs (CALP) 
Community Adult Learning Programs can help you with things like GED preparation and digital literacy and just getting better at math, reading and writing. The Academic Adult Learning Program is flexible; You can join almost any time and work at your own skill level and pace.  If you have not finished high school, this program can help you get ready to write the GED test. The Digital Literacy program can be offered in an academic centre, a workplace or a community centre. You can find more information about the programs available in your area by clicking here.

 Laubach Literacy New Brunswick (LLNB) 
Laubach Literacy New Brunswick (LLNB) is a non-profit, charitable organization whose trained volunteers help New Brunswick adults improve their basic reading, writing and math skills through a free, confidential program. LLNB volunteers work one-to-one with learners, using materials relevant to learners’ literacy levels and daily lives. To learn more about Laubach Literacy New Brunswick and to become a volunteer please visit their website or contact them at 1-877-633-8899. Laubach Literacy NB has a new email address: - please update your records.

 Do you have community literacy initiatives you would like us to share? 
If you are involved in or know of a literacy initiative that should be shared across the province, we want to know about it! Send us an email or give us a call and we will include the information in an issue of our newsletter. We can be reached at or toll free at 1-800-563-2211.


That's it for the June edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick Newsletter!
Stay home and take care!
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