Since 1999, over 200 adult learners have been awarded Rotary Adult Literacy Bursaries. This year, Al McMillan, Chair of the Adult Literacy Committee, presented Adult Literacy Bursaries to six students at the Spring Awards Ceremony. Committee members Lorne Larson and Walter Chayka were also in attendance.  Sharon Carry, President & CEO of Bow Valley College (and a former member of our Club) opened the Ceremony with an inspiring message of the power of education to change lives.
One Bursary recipient said she was apprehensive about going back to school after a 20 year absence, but “it was the best decision I could have ever made”.  Another student commented that “going to school full-time and working part-time as well as being a full-time mom means she has a very full plate”.  But it is all worthwhile and “her children are very proud of her”.
Dr. Keith Seel, Dean of the Centre for Excellence in Foundational Learning at Bow Valley College gave the closing remarks at the Spring Awards Ceremony. He spoke about the dedication, passion and hard work of students enrolled in adult learning at the College. He noted that more than 4,000 full and part-time adult learners are now enrolled in foundational learning programs at the College. The Awards Ceremony recognized the achievement and success of more than forty individual adult learners for high marks as well as overall contribution to the College.
For more than 15 years, The Rotary Club of Calgary has been making a difference in adult literacy in the Calgary community.