Literacy North Halton – Helping People Like Ted Experience the Joy of Reading
Denise, second from left, pictured here at Literacy North Halton’s 2016 Scrabble for Literacy fundraiser.
Students like Ted come to Literacy North Halton with the hope of learning to read and write. With Ted, there was a more painful symptom of his literacy challenges. He could not share the joy of reading with his grandchildren. Parents and grandparents who cannot read and write are challenged to effectively model that skill to their children. As a result, illiteracy can have a cyclical effect across generations as well as contribute to the perpetuation of poverty. Through individual tutoring by one of the trained volunteers at Literacy North Halton, Ted achieved his dream. This past Thanksgiving, for the first time, Ted read to his grandchildren in front of his entire family. Ted’s story is now one of success and it is what makes Literacy North Halton strive to do more for those like him, who struggle.
Denise Dilbey has been Literacy North Halton’s Board Chair for twelve years. Denise is passionate about changing the landscape of literacy in Halton Region. For over thirty years, Literacy North Halton has been teaching thousands of adults to read and write in order to bring them to a functional level of literacy. As with most not-for-profits, they depend on the generosity of volunteers and donors to deliver the following part-time programs for adults 19 years or older:
– individualized assessment and training plans (or referral to other employment or community programs)
– individual or group tutoring in reading, writing and basic math
– small group sessions to learn basic computer skills, how to access online learning and employment opportunities
– Academic Upgrading to earn grade 12 equivalency and/or admission to college or apprenticeship programs
Literacy North Halton hosts two major fundraisers a year: Scrabble for Literacy in Georgetown and the Spelling Bee in Milton. These events are not only key to the ongoing delivery of programs, they develop community engagement and promise a whole lot of fun for participants! Consider joining Literacy North Halton for its next event, the Spelling Bee, in May. For more information, visit their website @
By supporting Literacy North Halton, you are helping to raise the collective hand of hundreds of men and women. You are enabling them to read and write, become computer literate, graduate from high school, seek and sustain meaningful employment, deepen their family bonds and giving them a voice. Together with Literacy North Halton, you can be the missing piece of the puzzle that will ensure something truly significant: enabling everyone in our community to experience the reward of being a full contributor.
ABOUT LITERACY NORTH HALTON
Literacy North Halton is a not for profit, charitable organization which works in the communities of Georgetown Acton and Milton. Clients who attend our programs are getting a second chance at education. Our students have many challenges in their lives due to low literacy. We help them work on their reading, writing, and basic math skills so they can secure employment, help children with homework, and improve their health and community engagement. Dollars raised by the Community SCRABBLE® for LITERACY and the GRATE GROAN UP SPELLING BEE go directly to support our volunteer training, resource library and general learning materials.
2015 Spelling Bee Champions – Photo Credit: Graham Paine/Milton Champion
For more information on Literacy North Halton, contact us at any of the following:
WEB SITE: www.lnhadultlearning.ca