Thank you for reading the September/October 2020 edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick newsletter.  Read on for exciting news about The Coalition's projects, and much more!
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Literacy Coalition Update

Since our last newsletter, K-12 and university students have returned to school, and many others in the education sector are back to learning and teaching.
Here's some important information from the Literacy Coalition:

A Message from the Executive Director 

We are thrilled to have received a 2020 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award (LIA) Honourable Mention Award for our Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries project. You can read more about it further down in this newsletter.

As we resume our fall activities, I am acutely aware of how adults, children, and youth without literacy skills have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic at a time when literacy skills have never been more important to survive.

Through our recent survey on the Impact of Covid on our New Brunswick Literacy sector we have been hearing many stories of how our dedicated literacy program providers and teachers have used their creativity to adapt and continue to deliver their programs. Special thanks and appreciation for these amazing people who deserve our attention and support. Now more than ever we need to make literacy a priority and do what is necessary to ensure that our literacy challenge in New Brunswick is met!

I look forward to seeing many of you as we come together virtually at our Board and Annual General meeting on October 7th.

Best wishes to you and your family for an enjoyable and safe fall!

Lynda Homer
Executive Director

Literacy Coalition Receives Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award Honourable Mention!

We’re extremely proud to announce that the Literacy Coalition has received a Canada Life Literacy Honourable Mention Innovation Award for our Essential Skills for our Atlantic Fisheries (ESAF) program, funded by the Government of Canada’s National Essential Skills Initiative!  We share this award with our Atlantic provincial partners, the PEI Literacy Alliance, the Newfoundland & Labrador Laubach Literacy Council, and Literacy Nova Scotia.

How wonderful to have our ESAF program recognized as a “rare and shining example of an innovative solution to a wide-spread issue”.  We're honoured to be recognized by such an amazing national organization as ABC Life Literacy Canada.

To see more details, including a list of other winners, click here.

 2020 Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards 

Do you know an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to literacy in New Brunswick?  If so, we encourage you to nominate them for a Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Award!

The awards will honour New Brunswickers in six fields.  Click the button below for more details.
Nominate Someone Special Today!

LCNB Annual General Meeting

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick's Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 via Zoom, following our general meeting and starting at 7:00 pm.  For further details, or to register to attend, contact our Executive Director at

Free Cultural Literacy Program - Learning at the Museum

What it is:
This program is called 
Learning at the Museum. Our goal is to increase learner confidence in cultural activities by making cultural spaces more accessible through workbook-based, supportive workshops. We are specifically working with the New Brunswick Museum for this iteration of the program.

Details about the program:
  • There are 2 workbooks (1 intro to museums; 1 specific to New Brunswick Museum) available in English & French
  • The materials are written at a grade 6-8 reading level, following Clear Language and Design principles
  • It is geared toward adult learners who may experience barriers to learning.
  • Workshops are delivered by host organization staff and we provide free online training to help prepare staff or volunteers to deliver the workshops
  • Time frame for the program is from mid-October to late November.
For details about the program, visit this page.  You can also watch this informational webinar to learn more.

This free program is offered by ABC Life Literacy Canada.

October is Health Literacy Month

Health Literacy in Canada
  • 23% of Canadians find it “fairly difficult” or “very difficult” to find out where to get professional help when they are ill, and 54% find it “fairly difficult” or “very difficult” to judge when to seek a second opinion from another doctor. (Consumer Health Products Canada, 2017).
  • 60% of adults in Canada are unable to obtain, understand and act upon health information and services and to make appropriate health decisions on their own. Seniors, immigrants and unemployed people have, on average, lower levels of health literacy skills (Health Literacy in Canada: A Healthy Understanding – Canadian Council on Learning, 2008).
Canadian Book of the Month
The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt

When you're a quilt instead of a sheet, being a ghost is hard! An adorable picture book for fans of Stumpkin and How to Make Friends with a Ghost.

Riel Nason is a novelist and textile artist (quilter) from New Brunswick.  She grew up in Hawkshaw, NB and now lives in Quispamsis, NB with her husband, son, daughter and cats.

Her acclaimed debut novel The Town That Drowned won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize for Canada and Europe, and several other awards.  Her second novel All The Things We Leave Behind was published in September, 2016.  Waiting Under Water and The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt were published in 2020.

In The News

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

There is a Reading Crisis in Canada.  The Pandemic Will Make it Worse.
September 2020 | Julia O'Sullivan | The Globe and Mail

Schools already coping with a reading crisis prepandemic will likely face further strain in the COVID-19 era. We must ensure our children are able to properly read and write, as the skills can have an outsized impact on their lives and help bolster our democracy. Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is the chief adviser of the Martin Family Initiative’s Model Schools Literacy Project and the founding national director of Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs.
Across Canada this year almost 400,000 five-year-olds were enrolled in kindergarten in provincial, territorial, First Nations, federal, private and independent schools. By the time they finish Grade 3, 100,000 or 25 per cent will be unable to read and write well enough to keep up in Grade 4. Most will never“catch up ”– and that was before the pandemic.

To read on, click here.

The Benefits of Note Taking by Hand
September 2020 | Hetty Roessing | University of Calgary/BBC Workplace

Do you pick up any old notebook and pen when you need them, or do you have a thing for Moleskines or Montblancs?

Whether or not you’re picky, know that tools for the hands are tools for the brain. Handwritten notes are a powerful tool for encrypting embodied cognition and in turn supporting the brain’s capacity for retrieval of information. And secondly, when you take notes by hand, your hands create a robust external memory storage: your notebook.

Taking notes by hand is a win-win, and belongs in every student’s cognitive tool kit. Learning how to take notes by hand effectively, and how to ingrain note-taking as a key learning and study tool, can begin as early as grades 3 or 4, but it’s never too late to begin.

To read on, click here.

3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Connections During Distance Learning
July 2020 | Sarah Gonser | Edutopia

Edutopia: The Power of Relationships in School

As the pandemic grinds on and protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue, young people are coping with high levels of stress and uncertainty, writes Dr. Pamela Cantor in “The Stress of This Moment Might Be Hurting Kids’ Development” for Education Next. With the likelihood that remote learning will continue in some form this fall, many children will once more be separated from the support systems that help balance their lives by keeping them connected to routines—and to the people outside their immediate families who care about them. It’s a difficult set of circumstances that Cantor, founder and senior science advisor of Turnaround for Children, calls “the Covid-19 paradox.

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.

 Melanie: Free New Brunswick Literacy Asset Map 
Melanie is a bilingual tool, which enables families, educators and other service providers to find resources, tools, events, and programs to help support and advance early childhood literacy.  Click here to use Melanie!

 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

 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 weather.

Sharing Books with Babies - This delightful video contains helpful information and tips for parents wishing to support their children’s early literacy development from birth.

                                              For more helpful resources, click here                                                 

 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.


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