August 20, 2001
This week, we are launching 3 stories written by learners from the Saint John Learning Exchange, from Saint John, New Brunswick. As a special event you can read their stories as well as hear them. The Saint John Learning Exchange is a not-for-profit literacy education training centre dedicated to the empowerment of individuals through education, upgrading, training and employment preparation programmes.
Learners in the photo are (back row, left to right): Kim Jefferson, Debbie Ferris, Emma Poulin, Charmaine Good, & Wanda White (Seated left to right): Norm Dorbyson & Marjorie Curtis.
Play an audio version of this story
How is everybody doing? We are all from the Learning Exchange in Saint John N.B. Here is everybody's story and why we are here and what we are doing to change our lives.
Hi. My name is Norman Dorbyson. I'am forty . I'm trying get my life in order. So I'm starting with my upgrading and when I get that I will go on to the next stage and hopefully that will be a job and maybe then a Community College course.
My name is Kim Jefferson. The Learning Exchange has made me feel so good about myself. Going back to school has made me learn more and my children can see that.
My name is Emma Poulin. I am glad they have a Learning Exchange in Saint John, and they accept people my age. I need a grade 12 education in order to get a job. I have learned a lot since I've been here. This will give me a better future in life. I thank you for having a Learning Exchange.
My name is Marjorie Curtis. The Learning Exchange has changed my life for the better. It has given me the tools I need to prosper in life. My teacher and classmates here are very supportive. That made coming back to school a lot easier.
My name is Charmaine Good. The Learning Exchange is here to help us all to learn. I would like to write and to read better . This is how I can set an example for my children and better my life to see that my boys stay in school.
My name is Wanda White. The Learning Exchange gives you self-confidence to keep you working towards your goals at my age. It is a place of hope for the future in a good work force. It shows our children how important an education is.