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Tuesday September 22 2015 11 NWT Literacy Week 2014 September 22-26 Aurora College is committed to literacy at all levels no matter where you are on your educational journey. Our School of Developmental Studies offers a variety of options including part-time or full-time academic upgrading full-time Access Programs Introduction to Office Skills Start Your Own Business and Household Budgeting. The Developmental Studies program includes six levels that range from basic literacy to coursework at the Grade 12 level. A variety of programs courses and levels are offered at our Campuses and Community Learning Centres. Contact the Campus or Community Learning Centre nearest you to begin your journey towards a better future. NWT Literacy Week 2015 September 20-26 Aurora College is committed to literacy at all levels. Our School of Developmental Studies offers part-time and full-time academic upgrading full-time Access Programs and a variety of short term programs. Developmental Studies includes six levels of learning from basic literacy to Grade 12-level courses. Contactoneofour3Campusesor23CommunityLearning Centres to find a course or program that is right for you. To find out how you can participate in Literacy Week visit To learn more about literacy programs across the NWT visit Literacy is important for a strong healthy territory where everyone is able to reach their potential. The Department of Education Culture and Employment ECE would like to congratulate the NWT Literacy Council for 25 years of exceptional work in supporting literacy. The NWT Literacy Council promotes and supports literacy and essential skills in all the official languages of the NWT and ECE is proud to partner with them to help NWT residents improve their literacy. NWT Literacy Week 2015 September21-28 Minister of Education Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty with students at Kaw Tay Whee School EDUCATION LITERACY WEEK By DALI CARMICHAEL Uncle Gabes Friendship Centre has been recognized with a countrywide award of excellence. The National Association of Friendship Centres NAFC announced the award at the organizations annual general meeting held in Brandon Man. from July 21 to 24. It feels amazing said Amy Harris youth coordinator. All the hard work that weve done throughout the years its certainly paid off. Theres lots of youth that weve helped along the way and other people and its just nice to be recognized for a tonne of work that we do. It was great I always thought we didnt do enough said Tina McNeill executive director and regional representative for the NAFC. We always think we should do more and more and more but then I went to the national AGM meeting and thats where they presented the award. I was really surprised that we won. Like there are eight centres in the NWT In addition to hosting events for outside groups Gabes offers a plethora of services to young and older folks alike everything from cribbage and bingo evenings to coun- seling services bullying workshops drug alcohol and tobacco workshops violence and crime information sessions programs on healthy relationships cultural develop- ment a homework tutor club employment and creative development services. It also sends young people to events outside of the region like the annual Spirit Seekers youth conference in Grande Prairie. Since it was established in 1972 to rep- resent friendship centres emerging across Canada 118 centres and seven provincial or territorial associations have been included under the NAFCs umbrella. The NAFC rec- ognizes one friendship centre from each province and territory with an award of ex- cellence each year. Working with a tight budget In February 2014 NAFC funding was streamlined from four separate programs to two with a total of 43 million per year to be shared with centres across Canada in 2015 and 2016. At the same time a 1.1-mil- lion Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth program was cut entirely forcing the closure of the T-Rev Youth Hub evening and weekend program for a time. Now the initiative is up and running again but organizers have had to get creative with their funds. Weredoingthebestwecanwiththemoney we get but we also have the youth doing a lot of fundraising McNeill said. We do fund- raising for the youth we do the T-Rev bingo on Tuesdays at the youth centre and thats extra dollars for them for programming or supplies or whatever is needed. We cant and dont use it for salaries we get money from the government for salaries. Were struggling but were managing in that area. Setting aside money worries for just a mo- mentGabeswillbeinvitingthecommunityto jointhemincelebrationoftheawardforseveral days starting with a community feast on Oct. 10. They will also host a cribbage tournament and a fall fair over the Thanksgiving weekend. Theres going to be entertainment and maybe a little jigging and different activi- ties McNeill noted. Throughout the community weve been very lucky to be helped Harris said explain- ing that generous donations and fundraising efforts from a variety of community organi- zations kept programming going. Thanks to everyone who supports with donations and volunteering. Were always looking for more volunteers if anyone wants to help BoardmembersandvolunteersatGabesFriendshipCentreinFortSmithcelebratetheirAward of Excellence given to the organization by the National Association of Friendship Centres. Fort Smith friendship centre wins national award PhotoPaulineGordon