September 6, 1999
Sherry is a learner from the Learners Speakers Bureau in Manitoba.
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I am Sherry Campbell. I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. When I was growing up there were six children in our house. We worked and went to school everyday. We had a rough life but ended up with good values and respected others, always. Now in my life I have been married since 1994 to a good husband and his three children. The children are Allan, 10 years old; Kathy, 14 years old; and Richard, 15 years old. I am trying to teach them the good values and to respect other, too.
When I went to school we moved each year, so this made it hard. The only school I stayed in was a high school. It was called R.B. Russel and I finished in grade eleven. This is why I want to go back to school and get my GED along with a picture to prove I did finish school.
I am in the Learners Circle for Literacy Partners of Manitoba where we find different ideas to promote literacy. While doing this people can learn and grow while they are learning. In this way they can make a better future in the direction that they want.
What I see in my future is hard to tell right now because there is too much to see and do. I will just trust my gut feeling when it comes to that time. I know there is one thing I enjoy doing that is helping other in any way they need help; children, parents or even strangers that I don't even know. Helping them makes the world a better place and a safer one so people can learn when or if they are ready to improve their life, like I am.
This is the part where I tell you why I am speaking in the Learners Speakers Bureau. I have been going to upgrading since 1992 where I started in Selkirk, and then in Winnipeg. My son was in grade one then, and I am still going to upgrading doing my GED. Now, I am also in the pre-employment class at the same program. Literacy has a conference every year so the students can have fun and find out what is happening in other literacy programs. This is why I joined the Learner Speakers Bureau. When I need help they help me and so from this I help other people who need literacy in anyway I can. Of course, they have to try, too. They show their happy faces when they achieve their goals. They grow so their families can be proud of them, too. In closing I want to tell you that I attend the King Edward School, Open Doors Literacy Program.