Adult and family literacy programs offered by CBAL (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy) across the Basin and Boundary received a financial boost from the province with a Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP) grant designed to help people gain skills in reading, writing, math and digital literacy.
Desneiges Profili, Executive Director, says, “CBAL is grateful to the Province of BC for its continued support of community literacy initiatives. These funds help to create unique learning opportunities for families and adults across the Basin and Boundary, and the flexibility to be responsive to local needs.”
Locally, this branch of funding is used to support literacy and essential skills training programs for individuals and small groups through programs such as the Tech Learning Place and for families who attend programs like Parents as Literacy Supporters (PALS) and Come Read with Me.
“Our Community Literacy Planning Committee is made up of representatives from many different service providing organizations and is instrumental in informing the direction of literacy initiatives each year,” explains Carolyn Amantea, CBAL’s community literacy outreach coordinator.
“We are fortunate to be able to utilize CALP funds for programs unique to our community — what you see in Rossland and Greater Trail may not be the same as what you see in Castlegar, Nelson or Salmo.”
While she was not able to say just yet what CBAL programming will look like in the fall, Amantea assures locals that plenty of offerings are in the works for families, children and youth, adults, seniors and newcomers.
“The benefit of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic is that we have, as an organization, been able to develop a number of online services and host regional programs and workshops,” she said. “As always, we are able to support those for whom technology might be a barrier through providing access to hardware and assistance with personal mobile devices.”
For more information about CBAL programming, volunteering, and other opportunities, contact Carolyn Amantea by calling the Trail CBAL office at 250.368.6770 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.