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General News · 15th March 2013
Cortes Literacy Outreach
It was recently announced that the coordination funding was cut for Literacy programming in 55 BC communities (including ours on Cortes, as well as Quadra, Campbell River, Sayward, Courtenay/Comox, Nanaimo, and even Victoria, as well as most of the rural programs in BC).

This means that even if private grant money has already been secured or can be found, most programming in these areas will not be able to happen, unless it is run by volunteers. Most organizations that provide grant money do not wish to do so for program administration, rather for the programming itself.

It also means that if anyone here on Cortes needs literacy help - whether they are struggling with English as a second language, have adult literacy issues, or are trying to get literacy help as a youth or as a parent wanting to help their child learn better homework skills - not only will they not be able to get help locally on Cortes, they would likely not be able to get help anywhere on Vancouver Island, either.

I've written a letter to BC's Minister of Education, Don McRae, and have attached it here in hopes that you will read it and perhaps write to him as well. The letter details what the Literacy Outreach program has been accomplishing recently, as well as what we plan on working towards in the future.

This sort of funding cut is detrimental to our community and our province. I hope you will join me in speaking out about it, and writing to those who represent you, so we can continue to offer literacy services to this wonderful Cortes community.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments, or share any letters you may decide to write. Thank you very much for your support.

Yours sincerely,

Susanna Bonner
Cortes Literacy Outreach Coordinator
(250) 935-0347