by Cathy Bray
CCLOW Alberta participated in a consultation with the Alberta Government (Department of Advanced Education) on literacy and submitted a brief on women and literacy. We also participated in a province-wide consultation on literacy between the provincial government, the federal Secretary of State and the voluntary sector. Kay Anderson, of Erskine, Alberta, represented CCLOW. A survey of the membership has been completed by network organizer, Patricia Fernandes and a 10th anniversary brunch is being planned for mid November.
by Shauna Butterwick
We have been working with the Women's Education and Training Coalition (WETC) and plan to work with a committee that has been established to communicate issues regarding women's learning opportunities to the Provincial Ministry of Advanced Education and Training. As part of several 10th anniversary celebration events we organized a public lecture, with support from Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University, where Heather Menzies spoke about social change and technology. In early June we had our third annual retreat where we refueled ourselves through beach walks, sunshine, tarot reading, massage, and singing.
We had a graphic artist create a wonderful symbol for our 10th anniversary T-shirts and sales have been hot! T-shirts can be ordered from Shauna Butterwick, at 2586 W. 12th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6K 2P3. Make cheques payable to CCLOW-B.C. ($20.00 or $16.00 for low income, + $2.00 postage).
by Donna Marion
In April 1989, CCLOW Manitoba sponsored Susan Wismer for a one-day workshop based on the WET study. Attended by twenty people, the workshop was a success and will provide the impetus for further activities in our region. A detailed report of the workshop appears in the 10th Anniversary edition of WEdf, vol.7, no.2. We will continue to work with the Manitoba Association for Continuing Education in planning professional activities for adult educators.
by Wynne Farr
We have been able to send a participant to each of the following conferences: NAC's AGM, held May 12-15; a weekend conference in Fredericton on "Work and Family Responsibilities" sponsored by The Women's Directorate; and a full day of information sharing in Fredericton on Employment Equity in New Brunswick.
We have received funding from Secretary of State, Canada, and completed much of the work for a project entitled, "Access to Education." The project includes establishing information on the barriers faced by women returning to school and presenting the findings in a readily accessible handbook form and in information and workshop sessions for women. Focus groups of women specifically interested in continuing their education participated in the first part of the study and their input provided information for the handbook.
The handbook/manual targets specific barriers for women continuing their education and focuses on assisting them to overcome such impediments. The workshop sessions will also provide information to women on how to overcome barriers in returning to school. The women interested in such a project will include those who are immigrant, rural, native, visible minority, disabled, and on social assistance. The researcher/writer for the CCLOW Project is Judith Grant of Fredericton, and she has been working with an Advisory Committee of the local CCLOW chapter in Fredericton.