October 13, 2008
The following story was written by Myrtle Kennedy, from Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2007, Myrtle won a Canada Post Literacy Award for individual achievement. Myrtle remembers how her learning experience started. She was in the hospital recovering from a knee operation when she began to colour in colouring books. A nurse who saw her every day offered her books to read. Then, realizing that Myrtle couldn't read or write, the nurse gave Myrtle the phone number for a literacy program at The John Howard Society near St. Mary's First Nation, where Myrtle and her family live.
One thing I do is tell the young people on my reserve to stay in school. I didn't have a choice as a child - I wasn't sent to school. The young people around me, they have a choice and they need to realize how many doors are open when you can read and write English.
It's hard. I have my moments, like everyone else I guess. Some days I think I'm not learning enough.
[This story was taken with permission from the ABC CANADA website, in the Learner Profiles section.]