The Community Learning Council consists of representatives of many of the Wetaskiwin groups which are involved with learning and related matters. At the Annual General Meeting held on February 26th, Barbara Johnson represented the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools Board, Jeannie Blakely represented Victims Services, Sylvia Larson represented the Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum, Colleen Thiessen represented the Wetaskiwin Community Literacy Program and Lynne Revill represented the Millet Public Library. Also present was Member at Large Dan DeWolf and Coordinator Charlene Schnick. The Executive was elected, consisting of Chair Barbara Johnson, ViceChair Colleen Thiessen, Secretary Lynne Revill and Treasurer Sylvia Larson.
New emphasis in government regulations require that all Learning Councils include literacy among their activities. In order to comply with this, the Wetaskiwin Learning Council is making plans to offer literacy and computer literacy programs in the rural area of the County of Wetaskiwin. It will start at the Millet Library and offer literacy, English as a Second Language, or English Fluency as participants’ request.
The initial plan is to offer programs at Buck Lake, Winfield, Lakedell area and Central Community as well. Computer offerings may include how to find work on line, how to use specific programs, as well as basic introduction to computers and various types of computer communication with family and others. Quite a long list of possibilities are under consideration and requests will be considered. There are also some exciting possibilities in partnership with Nor Quest College in foundational learning and essential skills. Some programs will begin in spring or early summer with the main list rolled out for the beginning of September.
Pictured: Directors and Staff of the Community Learning Council, left to right, Colleen Thiessen, Sylvia Larson, Dan DeWolf, Barbara Johnson, Charleen Schnick, Jeannie Blakely, and Lynne Revill. Photo by Margaret Chegwin.