Essay on literacy struggle nets award for Bodnar

Alberni resident takes home literacy contest award with essay on her literacy struggles.

Alana Bodnar of Port Alberni has placed second in a provincial essay writing contest put on by Decoda Literacy Solutions.

Bodnar and four other finalists attended a gala at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre last Wednesday, where Decoda announced the winner.

The award is quite an achievement for Bodnar, who details her emotions as she struggled with a learning disability all through school.

“I received my Grade 12 Dogwood certificate and I could not even read what it said,” she relates in her essay.

“I entered the contest because I like to write and I wanted to share my story,” Bodnar said.

Bodnar is an executive assistant at Literacy Alberni; she started as a board member before applying for the job. She has a unique perspective on literacy learning that clients appreciate.

The gala was also Decoda’s opportunity to kick off its Literacy is Life campaign. Literacy Alberni executive director Charmead Schella and learner Steven Mulvey are featured in Literacy is Life television commercials.

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