Various methods and supports are used to provide adults with the opportunity to improve foundational skills: reading, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking and oral communication. The skills gained allows learners to fully participate in society, have better success at work, and continue studies to further their education.
English Second Language—Conversational French—Conversational Ukrainian—Conversational Spanish—Preparation for Written Driver’s Test—Newcomer Mom and Child Movie Night—Basic Computer Literacy
Community Literacy Program
Various programs and projects are provided to increase literacy rates in our community. Community Learning distributes thousands of books to the community. Some books are new that are purchased from various sources at as low of price as can be for quality books. Other books are donated from the general public. Volunteers sort the books into categories. Reusing books means less waste going to the landfills.
Community Bookshelf Program—Books Provided at Community Events— Summer Buddy Reading Project—Books Distributed at Immunization Clinic
Social Support Services
Our supportive staff and volunteers work with vulnerable individuals that have economic and/or social barriers hindering their success in society. Individuals are provided with supports to navigate the complex network of community and government services to find the supports they need. Our aim is to help individuals learn the skills they need to help themselves.
Form Completion (Employment Insurance, obtaining Identification documents, AISH or Social Assistance application, preparation of Income Tax) —Recycled Computers— Drop in Access to Technology (access computers and internet, send faxes, print documents, use telephone)
Senior Support Services – So Much to Give So Much to Gain
The New Horizon Seniors Steering Committee determines the needs of seniors, plans programs, secures funding, delivers programs and evaluates programs.
Virtual Music Concerts for Seniors—Savvy Senior Chrome Book Project—Recording Living Histories od Seniors—Food Connection
Food Literacy Services
Everyone needs to eat, yet many in our community have inadequate or insecure access to food because of personal circumstances, scarce financial resources, and rising food and other household costs. Community Learning staff and volunteers, along with many partners, have addressed food literacy from two perspectives, the growing of food and the distribution of rescued food from grocery stores and restaurants.
Stone Soup Food Centre (150,000 pounds of food have been rescued from going to the landfill in 2022) —Barrel Garden Project and Edible Garden Project (using recycled materials, families and seniors not having a garden plot are growing vegetables)— Food Preservation Workshops (Pressure canning and preparing Nutritious economical meals)—Providing “rescued food” to 1,000 people per month.