The Project Participants
The community-based volunteer adult literacy
programs of Alberta have much in common and, at the same time, are
as varied as they are numerous. Our goals and methodologies are
similar no matter what our differences. Yet, being
community-based, each program reflects its community's
individuality and uniqueness. We therefore wanted the programs
involved in this project to reflect not only our commonalities but
also our differences as much as possible. The programs that
- Prospects Literacy Association in Edmonton:
Prospects coordinator Maureen Sanders agreed
to work with up to 100 tutoring pairs for this project.
Prospects was the largest program in the Evaluation Project,
and the only urban one.
- The Write Soon Literacy Project in Whitecourt:
Karen Manweiler was the Write Soon
coordinator at the time and agreed to work with up to 65
pairs. This project covers a large geographical area in
northern Alberta, incorporating several communities, and
requiring a lot of traveling by the coordinator.
- Parkland Adult Literacy Project in Stony Plain:
Located in a rural area not far from
Edmonton, the project in Stony Plain is medium-sized. Candice
Jackson, who coordinated the program at the time, planned to
work with up to 30 pairs.
- Project Read in Claresholm:
Marnie Schaetti's program was the smallest
one involved, bringing 15 pairs to the project. Project Read,
located 100 kilometres south of Calgary, serves several rural
communities, the largest of which has a population of about