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News and Views

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Editor/Layout: Darlene Brown

Excellence in Literacy
Inside this issue:
Presidents Message From the ED Desk Karens Office News By-Law Changes Reading Circle Financial Literacy Back to School Apps Volunteers Needed Volunteer Voice Ideas Contact Us Dates to Remember 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4

International Literacy Day Challenge

ABC Life Literacy Canada

On September 8th, get involved and take the International Literacy Day Challenge. This years challenge focuses on literacy and essential skills for everyone, everywhere. Try out some of these activities to celebrate ILD and continue to practice literacy and essential skills every day!
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Read a book to a child Have a child read a book to an adult Start a blog Take a professional development course Join a social media platform Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Write a letter to an old friend the snail mail way! Share this list with friends and coworkers and dare them to take the challenge! Play a game of Scrabble Look up and learn a new word (and continue to do so every day for a month!) Use a new form of technology (Smartphone, selfserve checkout, etc.)

TLE Annual General Meeting October 18th at 7 p.m. in room 222


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Student, Luis Dias accepts certificate from teacher, Darlene Brown

Congratulations to all students from the Sir

Wilfrid Laurier School Board CDC-Vimont and The Learning Exchange who were honoured with certificates of achievement and cheques for $100 each, from the Quebec English Literacy Alliance!

Saturday Sept. 24th and Oct. 1st 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lunch is provided! Everyone is welcome! Call Karen!


Message from the President

Welcome back! Let`s get this season off to a super start! Great things are coming our way! As we begin a new season of learning, it is time to think about how we can help our organization to further improve itself. Another of the many ways we can volunteer within our organization, is to join the Board of Directors. Picture YOURSELF as one of our next board members. Please give this idea careful consideration, TLE needs its Board of Directors to be as vibrant, in its functioning, as the rest of its community! Thank you for your past support, and I look forward to your continued support in the next election in October. Mona

TLE Board of Directors 2010/2011

President: Mona Arsenault Vice-President: Lazar Jevremovic Secretary: Christiane Dabbagh Treasurer: Valerie Sauriol Director: Enza Ciampanelli

TLE Literacy Supporters

From: Executive Directors Desk

Its great to be back for another year, even after such a great summer holiday! We have completed a new three year strategic plan and action plan with many wonderful ideas and initiatives wed like to accomplish over the next few years. In addition, there are many successful ongoing activities we would like to continue, including our efforts in family literacy within our community. In order to do this, we need volunteers and funds to pay for our activities and materials. If you, or someone you know would like to help, please contact TLE!


Karens News
Hi everyone and welcome back! Another year ahead and a great one I'm sure! I have been calling all members since Ive been back in the office on the 29th. Looking forward to seeing you!
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By-Law Changes
TLE has just undergone a bylaw review from the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports along with all of the literacy councils across Quebec. Thanks to McGill ProBono students Eric and Julia who did all of the research/ recommendations for us, our ByLaw Committee and Board of Directors, our new by-laws are ready for presentation/ approval at our next AGM Oct. 18th. The by-laws are posted on the TLE office bulletin board or you can request an electronic version from Karen. We look forward to seeing all of our members at the AGM at 7 p.m.

Reading Circle


The Learning Exchange Reading Circle will start the new season on SepWednesday, Multi-Cultural Library in Chomedey, Laval. We will be reviewing "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstov. Brigit Jakobsson will be the animator. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Attention Book Lovers! We are looking for new members. Anyone interested? We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Multi-Cultural Library. Call Karen for more info!

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Financial Literacy Week Website Coming Soon

ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada will soon unveil a new Financial Literacy Week website complete with math and money management tools and an interactive tips page where Canadians can share their winning formulas for handling personal finance matters. The interactive website brings Canadians into the financial literacy discussion encouraging them to share their insights, review video posts from Gail Vaz-Oxlade and others as well as watch our online photo gallery grow as Canadians take their promise to see how one small change can add up. An important part of the site will be the I promise page where Canadians select the small steps they will take to help improve their knowledge and comfort with math and finances helping them meet their financial goals. As Canadians submit their promises, an email will be sent with specific tip sheets and tools to help accomplish the desired goal.

Great Back to School Apps D. Brown

Track your classes, homework and projects. A great way to keep your school life organized! Also available on the web at:

Easy to use mathematical formula reference guide for Algebra, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry and Trigonometry. Not available on the web :(
Over 2,000,000 words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms without the need of Internet connection. Also available on the web at:


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Dates to Remember
Go to TLE online under EVENTS to view our Google calendar for details of all dates/events Book Club Get-Togethers

Excellence in Literacy

How to Contact Us

*Multi-Cultural library/Call TLE for info.

Darlene Brown Executive Director Karen Mockler Administrative Assistant Diane Richard Financial Officer Margo Legault Communications Consultant

Sept. 7: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstov First Wednesday of every month


2100 Blvd. des Laurentides Vimont, Laval, Quebec. Phone: 450-688-2933 ext. 3126 Skype: TLETLE1 Fax: 450-663-1290 Email:

Aug. 29: TLE reopens Sept. 5: Labour Day/TLE closed Sept. 8: International Literacy Day Sept. 13: TLE BOD meeting 4:00 PM Sept. 24 & Oct. 1: Basic Tutor Training sessions (9 AM to 4 PM) Sept. 28 & 29: LVQ AGM & workshops Sept. 23: Essential Skills Day Sept. 29: NPI Partners meeting/CLC Laval 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Oct. 18: TLE AGM 7PM Oct. 19 to 21: PROCEDE conference/Hotel Estrimont, Orford Oct. 31: Halloween/Darlene turns 50! Did I say that out loud?! Nov. 3: NPI Partners meeting/CLC Laval 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Nov. 16: Family Literacy Committee Meeting 2:00 PM Nov. 24-25: QPAT conference Dec. 9: NPI Partners meeting CLC Laval 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Dec. 21: TLE Holiday Party Dec. 23Jan. 8: Holiday Closure Jan. 27: Family Literacy Day

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Volunteers Needed!!!
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We have students and classes in need of volunteer tutors! Please tell your family, friends, neighbours, and acquaintances about us! Ask them to call, visit TLE or view our website to learn about our services. We are looking for new volunteers to start training with us!

Volunteer Voice
Well be holding another Volunteer Voice get-together within the next few months. If anyone has any ideas for topics please let us know!

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

Call Karen at: 450-688-2933 ext. 3126 or see our website for more details: www. TLE l i t e r a c y . c o m

Anthony J. D'Angelo
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