Literacy Quebec Podcast -E1

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Welcome to the first episode of Literacy Quebec!  A podcast for English-speaking, lifelong literacy learners in Quebec. On this week’s episode, we will be defining literacy.   Literacy is more than just knowing how to read and write – it’s about being able to interact with the world around you to your fullest potential.  We will have special guests, Margo Legault – Literacy Quebec,  Joy Fyckes – Reclaim Literacy, and Rev. Brian Perron – Church of Epiphany. We also will share submissions from Ruth Thomas – South Shore Reading Council, Cheryl Henry-Leggo – Gaspesie Literacy Council, Wendy Seys – Yamaska Literacy Council, and Michele Gagnon – Western Quebec Literacy Council. The episode ends with announcements of upcoming literacy events in Quebec.  We are working on our sound and editing! Thanks for being a part of this journey!

In the show we mention the following: Dawson Oral History Project:  Literacy Quebec:  Gaspésie Literacy Council:  RECLAIM Literacy (Montreal):  South Shore Reading Council:  Western Quebec Literacy Council:  Yamaska Literacy Council:

Upcoming Events: Launch of the Verdun Stories Magazine:  Help raise money as a runner or volunteer for Literacy Quebec’s member organisations by taking part of the Scotia Bank marathon charity fundraiser! For more information email Chris at  and by checking out:

Explore Three Pines!

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Brome Lake Books – “Three Pines friendly”

I was a fan of Louise Penny before I read her first book.

In 2006, one of the Directors of the Yamaska Literacy Council (YLC) suggested that we approach her to be a patron of our organization, as a way to help spread the word that literacy matters – “After all, she just wrote a book…she must think literacy is a good thing.”

Louise Penny graciously accepted YLC’s offer to join its volunteers in the Knowlton Christmas Parade, marching through the streets with a tambourine and elf ears, under the YLC banner.  Between wind and slush, we told her how we trained volunteers to tutor adults in our community who faced barriers due to low literacy. She didn’t run away!

As honorary patron, Louise Penny has been so very generous and supportive of the Yamaska Literacy Council.  She is a proactive champion for the cause.  Did you know she wrote a book, The Hangman as part of an initiative to raise awareness and funds for literacy?  Check out her website.

I was thrilled (and nervous!) when the Missisquoi Community School approached me to do a book club based on Louise Penny’s books.  All classes are run by volunteers, the cost is 10$ for ten weeks.  Activities begin on Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 pm at Heroes’ Memorial Elementary School in Cowansville.

Whether you are new to Louise Penny’s books, or have read them all, come on out to explore the world of Three Pines!  If you or (someone you know) feels that they are not a strong reader, or has difficulty with memory, or vision, I will work with you to find a way to explore the books in a way that is comfortable for you.

After we talk about books, we’ll head downstairs to enjoy an amazing coffee, graciously donated by Virgin Hill Coffee!  See you there!



PGI Quebec Lob Ball Tournament & Gala

PGI Quebec – September 8, 2018

Come out and support your favourite Lob Ball team at Lions Park, Knowlton, starting at 8:30 a.m. and then head over to the Lac-Brome Community Centre at 5 p.m. for the Méchoui, awards ceremony and silent auction.

For more information:
Cindy (450) 330-0803 or
YLC office (450) 263-7503 or

Méchoui tickets: Adults, $20; under 12, $10; under 2, free

PGI Poster

Concordia Professor Sonia Di Maulo recognized for innovative work with the Yamaska Literacy Council


Sonia Di Maulo, Faculty Award Engaged Scholar

Sonia Di Maulo, part-time professor in the Education Department at Concordia University, won the Faculty Award for the Engaged Scholar Awards, for her role in coaching graduate students throughout a yearlong performance consulting initiative in partnership with the Yamaska Literacy Council (YLC).

Sonia brought academics and practitioners together with the shared goal of re-designing a training program to support volunteer tutors who work with adult literacy students. In addition, Sonia volunteered with the Yamaska Literacy Council to supervise student intern, Alice Isac, who designed and implemented YLC’s new tutor-training program that was launched this year.

“Sonia brings the real world into the classroom, preparing students for the challenges they’ll face on the job.” – Alice Isac


Alice Isac, Intern; Sonia Di Maulo, Faculty Award; Wendy Seys, YLC Executive Director

“Sonia Di Maulo is an engaged scholar, inside and outside of the academy. She grounds her student’s experience in real-world projects, stimulating learning through praxis”, says Wendy Seys, YLC Executive Director.

If you would like to know more about YLC’s Tutor Training Program, contact 450-263-7503 or The next tutor workshop is schedule for April 28. Reserve your place, if you’d like to become a volunteer tutor.



Tutor Training Workshop

 Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

505, rue du Sud, Suite 203, Cowansville

Would you like to help an adult improve their literacy skills?

Do you have some time to volunteer?

Help adults (16 years +) improve their skills: reading, writing, or basic math

YLC provides free training, materials and support.

Bring a lunch – Snacks & drinks provided

Registration required

For more information or to register: (450) 263-7503 or 1 (866) 337-7503




February 14th is International Book Giving Day. The Yamaska Literacy Council celebrated this day with staff and students at Farnham Elementary School. Volunteers read stories to the children, cookies were shared, books were donated. Good times!



Each student received a brand new book, donated by First Book Canada. THANK YOU!

Thanks  to YLC Development Agent,  Lynn Osborne,  for organizing this sweet activity!


YLC Development Agent for Bedford and Farnham area