The Drumheller Community Learning Society (DCLS) held their Annual General Meeting last week at their offices on Centre street.

The event was attended by community stakeholders including representatives from the Town of Drumheller, the Drumheller Public Library, the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the BCF.

A big change this year came at election time. Incumbent M'Liss Edwards ran against Terry Beaupre for the position of Vice-President.

"We did our elections. We have a new Vice-President, so that would be Terry Beaupre is our Vice-President," announced Dana Davidson, Site Manager of DCLS. "Our President is Tom Dooley and our Secretary/Treasurer is Colleen Gordon."

When asked about big accomplishments achieved by DCLS in the past year, Davidson said there were too many to name, but pointed to a lengthy project being spear-headed by Jan Quinney, the Adult Literacy & ESL Services Coordinator.

"The Adult Literacy program has been working on creating a simple language citizenship preparation book for our ESL learners," explained Davidson. "A lot of them are trying to prepare for citizenship and the current manual that has been used is very intense and wordy."

Adult Literacy is having a strong year so far, with 17 students already registered. Davidson noted that this year's adult literacy classes are more diverse than in previous years, with students from Ukraine, Cambodia, Dominican Republic and Mexico, among others.

Looking ahead to 2017-18, Davidson is applying for grants to re-purpose the staff room, after having converted a traditional classroom into a health care classroom earlier this year.

"We're also looking at doing a couple of renovations inside our building to help us have a little more space for classrooms and additional tutoring."

The 2016-17 financial reports were also reviewed and an updated 2017-18 budget was presented for approval by the DCLS Board.

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