November 2011 Belize Excursion
LWB was invited to return to Belize with Belize Literacy Project (BLP). On this trip, Randy Boissonnault & Kaitie Worobec provided logistics and workshop support. LWB met with university, college, government and community partners to prepare for the 2012/13 placement. This trip also provided the opportunity to assess logistics for Punta Gorda, the fourth community on our 2012/13 list of placements. The other communities will be Belize City, San Ignacio, and Belmopan.
June 2011 Launch
Literacy Without Borders officially launched June 13 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, at a reception sponsored by the Fairmont.
Over 65 prospective donors, volunteers, and fans attended the event. Board Chair Sarah Hayward welcomed guests to the event. Executive Director Randy Boissonnault shared our promotional video and then share the history and vision for LWB with the audience. Board Member, Ted Kouri, finished up remarks with an impassioned plea for community leaders to get involved and to donate to LWB.
Edmonton Journal Columnist Todd Babiak covered the event and wrote an article about it.
March 2011 Belize Trip
LWB was invited to join the Rotary District 5370 Belize Literacy Program (BLP) planning trip to Belize in March 2011. Our ED, Randy Boissonnault, and Board Member, Marcella Mandeville provided logistics and workshop support to the Belize Literacy Program and set out to share the concept of LWB with community and educational leaders.
- Expressions of interest from University of Belize and from Sacred Heart Junior College to work with LWB to identify candidates for up to two Literacy Ambassador each. Discussions on how best to raise funds to cover the costs of Belizean Literacy Ambassadors.
- Presentations at the Sunrise Rotary Club of Belize City and to members of the San Ignacio Rotary Club
- Identification of an ESL program developed at Sacred Heart Junior College (SHJC) by a faculty member for the parents of SHJC students. LWB can use this model across Belize and adapt for other countries.
- Identification of wifi capability in remote areas thanks to SHCJ Leadership. This will assist in the expansion of the Computer Assisted Literacy Solution program to areas outside of urban centres.
- Meetings with officials of the Ministry of Education to share the scope and concept of LWB
- Meetings with Literacy Councils and Literacy experts in Belize City, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, and Orange Walk.