Reading, writing, math, and computer literacy are all part of the learning programs that are now available with Yellowhead Community Services (YCS) new literacy tutor, Kim Gavin.
Gavin says she is ready to meet new learners as of Thursday, Feb. 18, and is eager to get started assisting them with their literacy goals.
The free tutor program for both youth and adults runs under YCS’s Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach, which facilitates ongoing literacy programs, initiatives, events and supports that provide an important component towards the social and economic well-being of the area. A significant amount of funding for adult literacy programs comes from the Community Adult Learning Program (CALP), and funding for youth and family literacy programs is provided by the annual Raise A Reader Day fundraiser held every September in Barriere, and numerous other communities across British Columbia.
Galvin says she is “super excited” to start meeting new learners and helping them to navigate towards the goals that they wish to achieve.
“I am a library enthusiast and devotee, and have worked in a library setting for most of my life, as a school library monitor, to running a little library in Erickson, Manitoba,” says Gavin, who notes she attended school for library studies as well.
“My favourite activity is reading. I truly believe that reading is like magic, and once one can read, they can learn anything they want. It is amazing – such a special gift!”
Gavin’s favourite books? The Harry Potter series!
Another favourite pastime is knitting.
“I’m a passionate knitter and crocheter,” Gavin told this reporter while busily knitting one of her creations, and wearing a beautiful red and white sweater she had knitted the week before.
Gavin, who is 31, says her life is good, “I’m married, and we have a dog and a cat.
“I also love outdoor activities, such as cross-country skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, swimming and fishing, and I recently started spinning yarn and roller skating.”
She comments that learning new things provides her with much enjoyment.
“Especially helping to spread the joy of reading and knowledge to others.”
If you would like to improve your reading, writing, computer, or math skills, or have a youngster who could benefit from help with learning, tutor Kim Galvin will be available almost every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yellowhead Community Services at the Barriere Ridge. Drop-ins are welcome, but learners are encouraged to call YCS at 250-672-9773 to make an appointment to avoid being disappointed, or you can contact Kim Gavin by email at: email@example.com or contact Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach Coordinator Jill Hayward at: 250-319-8023.
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