December 10, 2001
This week, we are launching 6 stories from the Adult Learning Centre in Courtenay, BC . As a special event you can read their stories as well as hear them.
The following story was written by Yvonne Corbett. She was born in Powell River, BC. She was adopted and then lived in Trail, BC. Yvonne has a Grade 8 education and came to the Courtenay Adult Learning Centre to learn to read, write and learn some math skills. She has two deaf children that she's trying to raise on her own. Yvonne hopes to get the skills to help her find a job that's suited for her.
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This book tells you of some more changes and hard working Canadian women, paying their way through Canadian history. It started with Edna Jaques, how she started out as just a farm girl to a very well known poet. They were about some really great poems of hard times and farm life and adventures she takes you on. All I can say is thank-you for the pebble's you helped lay down. Annie Buller was the second pioneer to struggle in this story. If you like feisty women you will love her. She changed a lot for women and men to work and she was the start of the Unions. For starting out as a farmer from the Ukraine, who moved over with her family and lived in Montreal, Quebec, she was a very hard working and very dedicated to workers. Making life and working a lot better place, thanks Annie, you have shown me that you don't have to be a man to get the work done. Pitseolak Ashoona was the third woman in this book and one of the most artistic Inuit or Eskimo. Her art became very well known for her clothes, drawings and paintings and carvings. Pitseolak got the Academy of Arts, National Film Board of Canada to make a film about Inuit art and in 1977 she received the Order of Canada. Pitseolak died sometime in May 1983. Thank-you for sharing your stories with us all. Who knows maybe one day I will have a story to tell.
Book Report by Yvonne Corbett