Welcome to the Literacy Quebec Podcast! A community-based podcast for English-speaking, lifelong literacy learners in Quebec. Every two weeks our hosts Chris Shee and Jaimie Cudmore from Literacy Quebec explore topics around community building, lifelong curiosity, and the multiple types of literacy. It's incredible what we can learn from each other!
Episode 34 - Health Literacy with Dr. Joe Schwarcz and Celebrating International Volunteer Day!
On this month's episode, we kick off season six with a bang! We discuss the importance of building our Health Literacy with plain language with Dr. Joe (and Science Literacy with Magic!) + celebrate International Volunteer Day by discussing the importance of volunteer advocacy on behalf of nonprofit organizations in Canada.
We have special guests:
Karen Ball president & CEO of CCVO the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
Dr Joe Schwarcz director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society
Our first guest is Karen Ball from CCVO the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. Karen’s work focuses on innovative communities and systems to support healthy nonprofit operations and providing expertise to organizations wishing to build deep and meaningful connections with their communities of stakeholders and supporters.
In this interview, we got to celebrate International Volunteers Day by discussing the advocacy work Karen and CCVO do on behalf of non-profit organizations in Alberta, and we learn how (now more than ever before!) important it is for the nonprofit sector to remain a priority across the Canadian Provinces, if Canada wants to rebuild successfully, especially during and after this pandemic. Check out their blog to find out more about their research into how nonprofits are adapting through COVID. Also mentioned in the interview is Calgary Read's BIG book sale.
You may have seen Dr Joe Schwarcz via the McGill Office for Science and Society or TED YouTube channel or even listened to the Dr Joe Show on iHeart radio! Dr Joe is the Director of the McGill University Office for Science and Society. Their mandate is to make Sense of Nonsense!
Chris got the chance to delve into Dr Joe’s history of him growing up in Hungary before immigrating to Canada, how Magic started it all, and what motivates Dr Joe to use simple plain language in helping the general public understand science more clearly If you want to hear Dr. Joe answering questions about covid check out LQ’s webinar.
Check out Literacy Quebec for upcoming events!
Episode 33 - Communicating, Compassion and Community through COVID and Beyond!
Communicating, Compassion and Community through COVID and Beyond!
Welcome to the 5th episode of season 6 of the Literacy Quebec Podcast! Hosts Chris Shee and Jaimie Cudmore explore the power of clear communication in our communities, and how clear communication creates understanding, building a thriving culture of compassionate and resilient people during challenging periods.
We will have special guests:
Abby Stonehouse, Program Coordinator and Heidy Wager, Executive Director from Hear Entendre QC https://hearhear.org/
We learn about the “Safe & Clear Campaign” (clear face masks) and the incredibly important work Hear Entendre does to advocate on behalf of Quebecers who have impaired hearing.
Alexandre Pettem, Project Manager from Y4Y (Youth 4 Youth QC) https://y4yquebec.org/
Alex from Y4Y (Youth4Youth QC) shares the important work Y4Y do in bringing opportunities for youth to be heard and have the voice they need to create a better future not only for themselves but also for the entire Province of Quebec!
Seth Day, Show Host from RAD CHILD Podcast https://www.radchildpodcast.com/
Last but certainly not least whatsoever, we have show host Seth Day from RAD CHILD Podcast! Rad Child is a new podcast that answers the age-old question “how do I talk to my child about that!?”. The podcast will tackle things like race, gender, sexuality, mental health, disability and much, much more! We get a chance to hear about a massive book drive (ending Dec 4th!) where RAD CHILD offers free children’s books, no strings attached! Where all books have themes of diversity and social justice!
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Episode 32 - Media and Digital Literacy Week
It's Media Literacy Week!
Welcome to the Literacy Quebec Podcast. It's already the 5th episode of season 5! This week we talk about Media Literacy (how to critically examine the media that is giving us) and digital Literacy (making computers accessible for non-profits and low-income families).
We are joined by two special guests:
Matthew Johnson, Director of Education from MediaSmarts https://mediasmarts.ca/ He educates us on why Media Literacy Week Oct 26 - 30, 2020 is so important for us all to use throughout our daily lives. Check our Media Smarts page for resources you can use at home and in the classroom.
Francois Pare - Market Development Advisor from OPEQ (Ordinateurs pour les écoles du Québec) “Computers for Schools in QC”) https://www.opeq.qc.ca/ Francois shares how OPEQ refurbishes 100’s and 1000’s of donated computers (in Quebec!) each year in order for non-profit organizations and even low-income families to gain access to having a computer at an affordable cost.
Don't forget to check our Facebook page for upcoming events across our network of literacy organizations!
Episode 30 - Exploring the new online frontier of lifelong learning
Did you know that there are 1 BILLION views of tutorial videos on Youtube?!
Welcome to Episode 4 of Season 5! We continue to explore online learning and how services providing support for lifelong literacy are adapting.
We start the episode with a discussion with Krystyna Slawecki, program manager for Montreal and Northern Quebec from Frontier College. Krystyna teaches us about Frontier college’s history in providing literacy services to Canada since the 1800s. Today Frontier college reaches over 40,000 participants across Canada! Frontier College is holding an online technology and literacy forum on Sept 30th. Register here: https://www.frontiercollege.ca/Get-Involved/Events/2019-National-Forum-Literacy-and-Civic-Engagement
We are also joined for an in-depth discussion about the new online frontier of lifelong learning with Daniel Baril. Daniel is the Director-General at the Canadian Institute for Cooperation in Adult Education (ICAE) and Chair of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Governing Board. Daniel talks about the key UNES.Doc Digital Library report Embracing a culture of lifelong learning: contribution to the Futures of Education initiative and a blog post he wrote on the new learning frontier that the sector is facing. We learn about how online learning has exploded to reach more people than ever but also risks increasing some inequalities and risks leaving people behind. What are the structures in the government and in our services we need in place to adapt and reach the people who need support and to push forward the agenda of literacy?
Quebec City Reading Council's Travellin’ Toddler Activities are now online. Check their Facebook page for the next one: https://www.facebook.com/events/331432064629446/
The Learning Exchange is looking for online volunteers to help with their services https://tleliteracy.com/i-want-to-volunteer
Literacy Quebec Annual General Meeting 2020 - Sept 29 5-6pm via zoom. For more: literacyquebec.org
The Learning Exchange Annual General Meeting 2020 - Oct 6, 11 am TLEliteracy@yahoo.ca to receive the TLE AGM zoom
Book Giveaway! Books and Hot Chocolate for adults and kids hosted by LQ at 4322 rue Wellington (please enter via garden) in Verdun. October 3 at 10 AM – 2 PM https://www.facebook.com/events/946654209159112
Western Quebec Literacy Council is hosting Smart Art: Family Graffiti in Campbell's Bay, QC Saturday, October 10 at 1 PM – 4 PM You need to contact WQLC to register in advance as there is limited space due to health protocols https://www.facebook.com/events/1639888489513234
Check out LQ's On the Road series hosted by our very own Chris to learn more about our member organizations! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3297573793696271&extid=06tGIvObWR2FdUE1
Episode 29 - International Literacy Day!
On this week’s HUGE episode, we celebrate International Literacy Day!
We learn why it is essential to reflect, advocate and celebrate all of the work that is going into promoting literacy worldwide, and the challenges and adaptations during the pandemic.
Our hosts, Chris Shee and Jaimie Cudmore, talk to UNESCO, First Book Canada, DragonBunnyBoooks.Com, Literacy Quebec and telecommunications expert Mark Goldberg for the celebration!
First, we hear from Margo Legault, the Director of Literacy Quebec and learn how LQ is celebrating its 40th year of existence and ILD 2020!
Tessa from First Book Canada joins us again to talk about how they are providing affordable books to community organizations, their upcoming event in Montreal, plus the collaboration they've created with Amazon! Stay tuned to find out more!!
Next, we speak to Hervé Huot-Marchand, chief of the Youth, Literacy and Skills Development section for the Division of policies and Lifelong Learning from UNESCO! We learn about how COVID-19 has impacted literacy across the world, the importance of investing in literacy for recovery and the innovative ways that people are adapting to promote literacy. Check out their page on International Literacy Day to learn how they are celebrating and their upcoming programming here.
Up next, we meet illustrators, authors, animators, and musicians Lee-Ann & Cookie from DragonBunnyBooks.Com for a colourful discussion about their inspiration for creating Luki, their books for children, their thoughts on ILD 2020, some ideas on how adults can gain confidence in reading to children, the positive impact they are making on children via their Camp-in-a-box Summer program during this difficult period of limited face to face connection, and how literacy and life-long learning is intertwined through everything we do!
Last but not least, we continue our conversation about affordable and accessible internet in Canada with Mark Goldberg, an expert in the telecommunications field with over 30 years of experience working with the big service providers and the government on this topic.
Check out our Facebook page and our website for upcoming events!
Episode 28 - Part 2: Getting Connected and Affordable Internet in Canada
Welcome to PART 2 of Season 5 Episode 1 of the Literacy Quebec Podcast!
Literacy organizations have had to adapt their tutoring styles due to the pandemic and we'll have a segment in this episode to discuss the transition to online tutoring for their volunteer teachers and students
We interview Cheryl from the Gaspésie Literacy Council on how they have had to adapt their volunteer tutoring online due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 has exposed the holes in many Canadians lacking connectivity, due in part to access to affordable high-speed internet
We also have interviews with members of the Get Canada Connected coalition to learn about their advocacy and Government relations to make the internet accessible and affordable for all Canadians. Special guests Imran Mohiuddin and Meagan Hampel from Cybera as well as Laura Tribe from Open Media share their high impact advocacy work on behalf of all Canadians!
Please head to the Literacy Quebec website for Upcoming Events which may have been modified due to COVID-19 and the Summer period where many of our members close to enjoy the sun!