Success at TLG

More Than Reading: The Success of Our Learners

This page offers a brief glance at some of personal stories of our learners. Click on the video below and follow the links to blog posts to see how some of our learners have succeeded in more than just reading.

A letter of thank you…

Thank you to Maya for her kind words and for sharing her success.

We were so proud to see Maya invest in her own future and for working so hard.

Good luck in the future and we hope you keep in touch.

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100 Men Who Give a Damn. Waterloo Region

In October 2018, The Literacy Group successfully won the hearts of 100 Men Who Give a Damn in the Waterloo Region.

Thanks to their generous donation and their believe in us, we will continue to support the community through our satellite programming.

Thanks for caring 100 Men!

Don Proper receiving his award at The Literacy Group

Congratulations to Don Proper!

December 9, 2015

For the first time in TLG history, one of our students has completed ALL level 1 Milestones, including the Culminating Task. Milestones are the assessments TLG uses to monitor the progress of our students.

Group Facilitator, Julie Sigrist says “Don has been one the hardest working students I have ever had, it’s been such a pleasure to see him progress to where he is now.”
Don has now left TLG, but plans to continue his independent learning and give back to TLG via volunteering.

Chris receiving his award at The Literacy Group

Chris’ Story

Dec 3, 2015

Chris struggled to find a good job. He had a grade 9 education from Jamaica, and limited reading, writing and computer skills. He couldn’t write emails. He struggled to fill in forms. Not being able to sound out words he did not recognize made reading a struggle. Chris had a wife, a young daughter; he needed to provide. Life was stressful.

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Sarah’s Story

Dec 3, 2015

Sarah worked at a bakery, but she couldn’t read the recipes. She struggled to multiply the recipes when necessary. She could not write notes. She had to ask lots of questions and relied on other staff, to help her read the recipes and complete the necessary math.

This bakery job was important. Sarah and her husband John had recently moved to Canada. They had not had the opportunity to learn to read and write and struggled with their math skills. They were reliant on this job for their new life. Sarah reports, “It was very hard to make your living and manage without being able to read.”

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Student CD’s Story

Nov 29, 2015

Hi, I’m CD.

I was raised in Montserrat, a small Caribbean island that is located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. Montserrat is east of Puerto Rico. I came to Canada in 1989 because of Hurricane Hugo that destroyed approximately 98% of the housing.

Initially my aunt and uncle from Toronto came to bring a cousin of mine to Canada. I didn’t even know about him. He was denied a passport because he refused to cut his dreadlocks. So, my aunt and uncle who I didn’t know had a paid ticket. My aunt remembered that her late brother had a son and they tracked me down. That is how I got to Canada at the age of 20.

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Student Odilia’s Story

Nov 29, 2015

Hi, my name is Odilia Monaghan.
I would like to thank everyone for coming today, and allowing me to share with you my experiences of returning to school. It has been a dream of mine to graduate from high school, and find a career to follow, not just have a job. Many of the friends I grew up with did not complete their education either. They also felt at the time it was unnecessary. As the years went past, and job opportunities did not seem to present themselves, I realized something had to change. This is the story I would like to share with you.

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