Skills for a stronger, more confident workforce





What are the top skills employers look for in new hires? You might be surprised to find out that they’re not always technical skills specific to the job, but rather soft skills, like adaptability, teamwork and motivation.



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Health literacy and you: Five resources to take control of your health





If you struggle with understanding medical terms, managing your medication or talking with medical professionals about your health, you’re among the majority of Canadians, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. In fact, 60 per cent of adults and 88 per cent of seniors are not health literate. This means they struggle with understanding information related to their health, knowing where to go to access services, and applying health advice to their lives.
 


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Stay active with these physical literacy resources





At ABC Life Literacy Canada we advocate for lifelong learning in all its forms. One that’s increasingly on our radar is physical literacy. In response to a worrisome trend toward indoor, sedentary and less active behaviour across all age groups, Canadian organizations are working to identify both causes and solutions to this growing problem. One of the most affected groups is Canadian children and youth, with physical activity levels well below the daily recommendations and screen time on the rise.



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2016 Winner of the Dr. Alan Middleton Workplace Literacy and Learning Award Announced





 
 
2016 Winner: Eduardo Hilario
Plant Operations Manager, Kingsmill Foods Ltd., Toronto, Ontario
 


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A LINC to Independence





Refugees to Canada learn about financial literacy in their new home               

 



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Closing the Numeracy Gap







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Partnerships of Note: Literacy Organizations and Toastmasters Clubs





"Speech is our most visible communication skill," says Lil Radley, Literacy Services Coordinator at the Lethbridge Public Library. "Often, we're judged on all our skills based on just our first few minutes of speech."

 



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Literacy Organization Profile: Greater Victoria Public Library





At a glance:

Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) in British Columbia builds community and supports literacy and lifelong learning through their 11 library branches and more than 250 staff. They offer free access to learning materials, be they books, computers or otherwise, as well as the space, tools and expertise to explore them.

 

Programs of note:



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Literacy Organization Profile: Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia





At a glance:

The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), based in Halifax, is a leading community organization that welcomes immigrants to Nova Scotia.  With their community partnerships and team of over 120 staff, ISANS helps immigrants fully participate in Canadian life by delivering programs and creating opportunities for newcomers.  Their programs help with everything from resettlement to finding work to language learning. Their Community Language & Skills team runs 27 classes, 13 of which are for literacy learners.

 



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Literacy Organization Profile: John Howard Society of Manitoba





At a glance:

The John Howard Society of Manitoba (JHSM) provides services and programming for men 18+ who have been, or may be, incarcerated. JHSM works with a team of 22 to support their clients in everything from literacy education to parenting courses and anger management programming. JHSM also does significant advocacy work, promoting approaches to crime reduction and healthy communities that are both humane and evidence-based.

 

The literacy connection:



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