February 18, 2008
The following story was written by Lori Scott, from Fredericton, New Brunswick. Lori was recently enrolled in literacy classes in Fredericton. She held a position as Student Learner Coordinator with the Literacy Coalition of NB.
I was labeled 'different' in grade two and moved into a special class for spelling. School was a place of shame for me from then on. I managed to get through high school with the help of understanding teachers and a lot of bravery.
I was lucky enough to be out going and the teachers liked me and gave me breaks. I was also never afraid to speak out and ask questions and that allowed the teachers to know me.
I graduated in 1982 but in 1990 I went back to the adult learning centre because I did not want to pass my learning disability on to my daughter. I became active in the literacy community, taking on the role of Student Learner Coordinator, at the same time. I had a lot of empathy for the learners and felt I could work with them because I understood the issues learners have to deal with.
Feeling like I have an important contribution to make to my community is very important to me and I want to pass that on, together with the learning skills I work so hard at, to my daughter.
[This story was taken with permission, from A Book of Changes, which was displayed at Literacy Action Day, on Parliament Hill. Learners' Advisory Network (LAN) members felt that true stories from learners would make literacy 'come alive' for the politicians who read them.]