A grant can turn an idea into reality. That's what Jan Quinney, the Literacy Coordinator at the Drumheller Community Learning Society, discovered when she won some money from the Community Fund for Canada's 150.
Quinney's grant proposal was for Know Canada!, a simple language study guide for Canada's Citizenship Exam. The fund is a collaboration between the Government of Canada and the Red Deer and District Community Foundation.
"There was some money from the Federal Government, but some of that money came from private business too," explained Quinney. "I did start to ask questions when I realized, 'oh my goodness, we're here because these people were donors.'"
Sheena Roes helped Quinney with the project, which involved taking a 68-page government document explaining concepts not limited to the Canadian Charter, Canadian history and the Canadian judicial system, and turning it into an easier-to-digest study guide.
"We both recognized that the kinds of students that we have in Drumheller, who might be studying for citizenship, are people who have not had much opportunity to learn English," said Quinney.
She elaborated, explaining that students in Calgary and Edmonton have lots of access to English-language study programs. In Drumheller, access to those programs is much more limited.
"Even if they come to get our help, the best that we can do for them (because there's limited funding), is work with them twice a week for an hour."
A copy of Know Canada! can be picked at the Drumheller Community Learning Society office on Centre street.