Literacy Alberni braces for gov’t funding slash

Literacy Alberni is bracing for a $110,000 cut in English as a Second Language funding in the next two years,

Deep government funding cuts have forced Literacy Alberni to get creative  in order to keep its programs running.

The non-profit literacy society is facing a $110,000 cut in English as a Second Language funding in the next two years, “which will dramatically change our programs,” executive director Charmead Schella said Wednesday.

She is also expecting far less money from the provincial government after the latest budget was released without a line item for literacy. Usually the government provides $2.5 million for programs in B.C. through Decoda Literacy Solutions.

Last year the provincial government was unsuccessful in cutting this literacy funding; this year Minister of Education Peter Fassbender announced cuts, but has since reversed the decision slightly.

Literacy Alberni will probably receive $9,500 instead of the usual $17,000–$34,000 in community literacy coordination funding.

There will be no B.C. literacy funding next year, Schella said.

“We are resolute that we will not close,” she said. “I’m trying very hard not to cut any programs, I’m trying to be more creative with our programming on a streamlined budget. I’m trying hard not to cut any staff…with a shift in programs not to lose any learners.”

Cuts mean the funding Literacy Alberni receives through the Raise a Reader program run by the AV Times is even more important, Schella said. Last year the program raised more than $48,000.

“What we’re looking at right now, rather than being doom and gloom over the cuts, is we’re trying to look outside our literacy box for different funding and partnerships to keep our boat afloat.”

Schella said the society is grateful for the community support it receives.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

 

 

Just Posted

Organizations helping Alberni’s marginalized feel the pinch

Operational demands, wage hike put hole in Bread of Life budget

Port Alberni votes to change way council pay is increased

New way will focus on Consumer Price Index, future councils

Port Alberni’s Salvation Army kettle campaign needs help

Dec. 15 is matching day at Walmart kettle

‘Ghost bikes’ installed to remember teen cyclists who died in Port Alberni

Cycle Alberni installs memorials to remember teens, remind all about road safety

Mount Washington opening for winter season this weekend

The resort’s original opening day was delayed due to lack of snow

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Most Read