Uma Sivakumar became our new Office Manager in November.
In just two months working as the Office Manager, I’ve already had plenty of great experiences with the NWT Literacy Council, starting with a warm welcome from board members and staff last November.
Recently I was lucky enough to attend a training institute put on by Zero to Three, a large American organization that works to ensure that babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.
The Polar Bear Son, by Lydia Dabcovich
The Polar Bear Son is an Inuit tale retold and illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich. It tells the story of an old Inuit woman who adopts an orphan polar bear that provides food for her as it grows up. The story is about motherly love towards an adopted child. I like this book so much I made a Storysack for the NWT Literacy Council.
Children everywhere love our Storysacks. They are a fun way to engage children in reading and enjoying books.
In October, we held our three-day training on embedding literacy and essential skills in youth programs. The three days were filled with three facilitators, (Amanda from the NWT Literacy Council, Lisa Campbell and Sue Follinsbee, Evaluator) and people from the communities of Fort Providence, Yellowknife, N’dilo, Dettah, Whati, Nahanni Butte, Deline and Sachs Harbour. Our training was focused on the nine essential skills: reading, writing, oral communication, digital literacy, numeracy, document use, thinking, working with others, and continuous learning. Participants learned how to incorporate these essential skills into programming, and they will design their own programs for their community. One example that participants went through was a cooking program.