Everyone who studies in community literacy programs work hard and make progress, but occasionally one of our students “blossoms” into a writer, public speaker and advocate for literacy. Barb Pottier of the Captain William Spry Program is such a student.
PGI Learner Achievement Award Recipient Barb Pottier celebrates her success with Bill Mitchell of Cooperators.
I remember Barb’s first call to HCLN, when she was unsure if she was ready to return to learning and nervous that her employers would discover her “dark secret”- she could not read and write very well. Two years later, with the support of her tutors but especially her own determination, it is hard to keep track of Barb’s many successes. Last June, she received the 2007 PGI Learner Achievement Award and has not looked back.
Her new self-confidence has led to a promotion at work, speaking at the Literacy Nova Scotia and Halifax Community Learning Network Annual General Meetings, delivering a speech at Province House at the pan-Canadian literacy flag-raising in April and being featured in a film about literacy issues that is being produced by Pink Dog Productions. In addition to all of these activities, Barb also juggles a busy family life as a wife, mother and proud grandmother. In fact, she attended Jenni Blackmore’s creative writing workshop with her newly arrived grandchild in tow! Now that’s lifelong learning in action. Congratulations to Barb and thanks for all your efforts to get the word out about literacy issues.
Barb shares her story with Minister of Education Karen Casey and others at Province House