HCLN Autumn 2018 Update

Autumn is upon us and with the change of the seasons, many new learners and volunteers are reaching out to the Halifax Community Learning Network to volunteer or study with us.

The HCLN ended the program year in June on a high note. Year-end parties took place at all program locations and everyone had the opportunity to celebrate a busy year of learning and to share their stories from the 2018 yearbook, Finding My Voice.

One of the many achievements of note this past year was Carson Fraser of the Halifax North Adult Learning Program being recognized with the Literacy Nova Scotia Gary Mason Award for his hard work and amazing progress. Here is Carson sharing his story at the LNS AGM with his tutor Natalie.

On June 19th, HCLN presented the first ever Constance Glube Adult Learning Award at the Central Library. So many wonderful entries and happy faces that evening. A special thank you to the Glube family for their support and to flautist Ogo-Oluwa Sobukola for providing a lovely soundtrack.

Don and Monica

Now with September behind us, programs are in full swing at several branches of the Halifax Public Libraries and at the Captain William Spry Community Centre.

Happy fall and we hope you will consider learning or volunteering with us!

~ Denise Morley, Executive Director

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HCLN Board Member Kacy Burn is presented with a Halifax Volunteer Award from Mayor Mike Savage.

HCLN has the generous support of more than 150 volunteers who work as tutors, board members and more. We celebrated their efforts during National Volunteer Week and were especially pleased to see Treasurer Kacy Burn recognized for the countless hours she volunteers in overseeing the HCLN finances.


Thanks to Kacy and all the volunteers who help HCLN build a bridge to a brighter future!

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Samia Eldik receives the Council of the Federation Literacy Award

On September 10th, NSSAL graduate and student with the Central Library and Halifax North Adult Learning Program Samia Eldik received the Council of the Federation Literacy Award at Province House and her tutor Margaret and myself were proud to attend. Samia is now enrolled in the Continuing Care Assistant program at NSCC and we wish her well.

Samia Eldik received the Council of the Federation Literacy Award at Province House

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Mariam and her tutor Ray enjoy the celebration at the Central Library

HCLN is back in business!

HCLN is back in business! Programs are underway at the Captain William Spry, Halifax North, Keshen Goodman and Central Library with the Spryfield GED class starting soon. Please call or email us to start your learning journey.

In June, we celebrated with program year-end parties. The Spryfield GED class was especially successful with most of the class passing the GED under the enthusiastic direction of instructor Brendan Tarry. Brendan has now moved on to a position at NSCC and he will be missed at HCLN.  NSCC is fortunate to have your teaching expertise in the ALP program. Best of luck, Brendan. Please visit!

All HCLN programs had wonderful stories of challenge and success to share and many were published in the 2016 yearbook, Learning is Living.

HCLN lost long-time board member Constance Glube in February. A retired Supreme Court Justice, Constance contributed her wisdom and compassion to many HCLN decisions and her grace and spirit will live on at HCLN and elsewhere.  Constance donated funds to HCLN which were used to purchase prizes for those who wrote stories for Learning is Living. The grand prize, a Samsung tablet was won by Mariam Nukuze. Here Mariam and her tutor Ray enjoy the celebration at the Central Library:

Mariam and her tutor Ray enjoy the celebration at the Central Library
Mariam and her tutor Ray enjoy the celebration at the Central Library

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HCLN programs are up and running for another busy program year.

HCLN programs are up and running for another busy program year. Please check the program section for details about one to one tutoring options. If you are free during the day on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and interested in taking a GED class in Spryfield, please call 490-5715 for more information.

On September 27th, The Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada celebrated their 15th anniversary at the Alderney Gate Library. The event included a book signing and fundraiser for the Halifax Community Learning Network. Many thanks to Elaine Skinner, Michelle Helliwell and everyone at RWAC for their support!

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HCLN celebrates Adult Learners’ Week and National Volunteer Week!

April 12 – 19th was a busy one, with Volunteer Appreciationparties happening at all program locations. A big thank you to the HCLN Board and wonderful literacy volunteers who help out with many activities but especially those who donate their time each week as tutors. We couldn’t do it without you! Of particular mention is volunteer Margaret Cameron who is an HCLN Board Member and volunteers as a literacy tutor at the Halifax North Library. Margaret received a well-deserved Halifax Volunteer Award from Mayor Mike Savage on April 8th.

Margaret, Mosher & Savage

In addition to celebrating our volunteers, HCLN also took part in the Adult Learners’ Week and attended the Literacy Nova Scotia event on April 17th. Several HCLN learners entered the writing contest Literacy Changes Lives. The winners were given a tour of Province House and shared their wonderful and inspiring stories with us at the prize-giving ceremony. You can read all the stories here.

Well done everyone!

ALW Contest Winners - BSLN Winner2


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Word on the Street Festival

HCLN celebrated literacy, learning and the love of books with hundreds of others on the Halifax waterfront at the Word on the Street Festival on Sunday, Sept. 21st. The weather was spectacular and authors including Sylvia Hamilton, Vincent Lam, Lesley Crewe, George Elliot Clarke and Micheal Winter, as well as many others, shared their stories with us.

More than two hundred people dropped by the HCLN booth to chat, learn about our programs and occasionally to vent about cuts to literacy services including our own Literacy Nova Scotia. More info here: www.ns.literacy.ca

Thanks to Pat, Josh and Sandy for helping out and to everyone who visited our booth to show their support for literacy programs. Thanks also to the WOTS team for organizing such an awesome event: www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/halifax

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Interested in volunteering?

The Halifax Community Learning Network is a community-based non-profit organization that provides quality adult literacy programs in the Halifax area.

If you are interested learning or volunteering with us? Please call 422-7648 or complete the learner or volunteer registration form below and take it to the information desk of your local branch of the Halifax Public Library.

Tutors & Learners 2014 Registration Forms:
Adult Literacy Volunteer Application Form
Adult Literacy Learner Application Form

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