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Program Impact

At the community level, the Guild has been able to increase the awareness of literacy, managed to involve thousands of volunteers in helping to make a difference in the lives of adult non-readers through the provision of literacy training and has been a leader in the development of an integrated literacy service through its networking role in the Peel/Halton/Dufferin Adult Learning Network. The affiliate agencies on the Guild's board of directors have been able to increase the awareness of literacy within health, human and educational agencies leading to improved communication processes such as clearly written information brochures and ensuring that their clients with literacy needs know about our services.

At the individual level, the Guild has made a difference in the lives of thousands of adults. Many have continued their education on leaving the Guild; others have been able to get meaningful work. Employed learners report increased confidence and participation in the workplace and parents have given feedback on their improved ability to support their children's literacy development.

A number of learners have written stories this year that express what the Guild's tutoring has done for them. The following provide a few examples: "The Literacy Guild is a good thing that has happened to me. I got through most of my life not being able to read. The tutors teach you at a speed that you can understand. It is not like school because the tutors spend more time with you. The Guild can open our minds to a lot of new things."

"I'd like to thank you for helping all the learners to improve themselves and help some of us through our difficult times. You also listen to us when we talk about some of our problems in our lives, like work, family and friends. You also support use and encourage us to keep improving ourselves. I'm glad you folks are here to always help."

"Before I did not know how to read and write but since I came to the Peel Literacy Guild I can read and write now. But I am still learning so one day I will be better. When a person can not read and write he or she will get mad all the time because they do not feel good about themselves. For myself it makes a big difference in my life."