To the editor,
I recently returned to the place I consider to be my home. Although I was born in Cape Breton, when I was seven, I came to Pictou County to live with a cousin. I now live in Alberta, working at a Home for Teens under Risk, recently becoming Director of six homes.
I love Pictou County people, hospitality, the beaches, but mostly because two educational bodies made me what I have become. When I was 19, my cousin convinced me to call Laubach Literacy to see if they could help me with my reading. My misbehaviour, low self-esteem, personal stress and inability to keep work were all due to not being able to read. The day my life changed for the better was the day I made that call! I was so fortunate to work with the Laubach Pictou County tutors and managers who believed in me and made me aware that I was not alone in this. I worked very hard with their support; attended NSCC, moved out west and now worked myself up to director. My biggest accomplishment, though, is I have been approved to start a reading program in my group of homes and know that, like Laubach Literacy did for me here, we will be able to do the same for some of our teens in our homes.
I am glad to have had the opportunity to return “home” to see this beautiful county again and to visit my many friends and one of the Laubach managers, so I could share my happy story with all. I was sad to learn that my first tutor had passed away. Thanks also to United Way of Pictou County for supporting this great service so the service is free. I would never be where I am today without this free literacy program! It probably will be years before I get back but I’m so pleased I have made special people in my life so very happy with me and my accomplishments!
Former Illiterate citizen of Pictou County