April 5, 2010
The following story was written by Treldon James, from the Montreal area, in Quebec. Treldon is originally from Trinidad. He is enrolled in literacy classes at Literacy Unlimited in Pointe-Claire. In 2009, he was given a Recognition Award for Adult Literacy, sponsored by a partnership of Quebec adult literacy and adult education organizations.
With all the work I put in I started feeling very comfortable. It boosted my self-esteem to pick up a book to read to my daughter, buying a house, being more comfortable at work, reading bills, and following instructions. I rely less on people to help me.
Something that I would never do is to pick up a book to read. Now I have that confidence to read a novel of one hundred ages. Before, I hardly knew how to spell my numbers, months, days. Now it flows perfectly, I feel comfortable writing cheques, even with big numbers. I never liked writing before. That was my weak point but with my tutors help by pushing me, I wrote an essay. I spoke at a training workshop for new tutors last fall. I was nervous, but I was able to do it.
I was asked to drive the big trucks at my work and that requires a class one driving license. I was very proud of myself. I read twelve chapters and studied very hard. It took me a couple of tries but I pulled it off to get my permit. The road test was nerve-racking but it was a piece of cake.
I also attended a workshop program, Speaking Up and Speaking out. It's run by Literacy Volunteers of Quebec; it's to learn how to give speeches in public. I really like this program because it's a good opportunity to tell people it's never too late to learn. It helps me practice speaking.
I am happy to see results in myself, and I feel more secure in my life. I work hard and I see accomplishments.
So I had problems at school and not been able to get my diploma, but with the one on one tutoring, and my efforts, I improved my reading and writing and accomplished some of my goals.
[This story was taken with permission, from "2009 Recognition Awards for Adult Literacy - Submissions", published by Literacy Volunteers of Quebec (LVQ) and other partners in adult education in Quebec.]