Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Janet McLaughlin, Cheryl Brown, Juanita Black

QLNB was surprised and proud to receive an award at the Crescent Valley Community Tenants Association's 17th Annual Honours and Awards Celebration. These awards are a way to celebrate the many hours of volunteerism in the community and honour community partners. The plaque reads:
Presented to Quality Learning NB
in appreciation of your continual support
of the Crescent Valley Community Tenant's Association
November 2010

The Crescent Valley Community Tenants Association (55/57 MacLaren Blvd., Saint John) is an association of residents who work together to put on special events, beautify and improve their neighbourhood, and work with others to attract services and supports for their neighbours.

The Honours and Awards celebration was held on Nov 6, 2010.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

H.O.P.E. Wellness Fair

QLNB has been invited by the new H.O.P.E. Centre (Health, Opportunity, Pastoral, Education) to join them in a wellness fair this weekend. The event is meant to gather interested area residents to a fun, family-friendly setting and encourage them to dream about possible programs and services.

Wellness has been a major theme for the literacy field since Health Canada released a 1998 paper by Burt Perrin titled How Does Literacy Affect the Health of Canadians?

The Perrin paper gathered evidence from a variety of fields that showed the ways the literacy skills of Canadians impact on their health, "no matter how health is defined or measured." The paper considered "the mechanisms by which literacy affects health, pointing out that this is through a combination of both direct and especially indirect means" as well as showing "that literacy is closely related with other determinants of health which have been identified."

Perrin's findings were echoed by a number of research projects from across Canada, including Nova Scotia's 2004 A Community-Based Approach to Health Literacy Using Participatory Research prepared by Doris E. Gillis. In 2005, Ms. Gillis also prepared Health Canada's shorter paper Beyond Words - the Health-Literacy Connection.

A yet briefer summary of findings is provided in the MCL 2002 Factsheet #6 Literacy is for Health.

Grass Roots Press distributes a number of easy-to-read books on health, including Living with Stress by Judy Murphy. Another popular, easy-to-read health book for adults is the FYI title Staying Well by New Readers Press. We have a partial list of children's books related to health here.

The new H.O.P.E. Centre is now open at 4347 Loch Lomond Road. It is a beautiful multi-purpose facility that houses a wellness centre, a community police office, and a section for City of Saint John Leisure Services staff. There is a large meeting room that will serve as a space to gather for parish and community activities. It also houses a licensed pre-school and an after-school program.

Saturday's event will begin at 11:00 am and finish at 2:00pm. There will be a variety of displays and activities, including: Zumba, a senior’s event, health screening, and our own Storytent. Light refreshments will be served and names will be entered to win some fabulous door prizes. Non-perishable food items will be accepted on behalf of the Lakewood Headstart Food Bank.