SAGA call for literacy volunteers

Heather Kay

SAnctuary GAbriola

Tuesday, July 5 2016

Hats off to our Syrian family! They are becoming very independent and have now completed three months of English study.

Accompanied by the two youngest children, the parents travelled by ferry to Nanaimo and walked up the hill to the multicultural centre for English classes and day care. At the end of the day they reversed their journey, back down the hill to the ferry, across the water to Gabriola, and home on GERTIE. The school age children, well looked after by SAGA volunteers, met them at home with lots of news from the Gabriola Elementary School.

While all this was happening the other SAGA teams were doing a lot behind the scenes: looking after paperwork, planning for the future, teaching the adults about budgeting, banking, driving the family to appointments and shopping, meeting with translators, minding the children, enrolling the kids in soccer, taking them to special events such as the Canada Day celebration at the Gabriola Museum and much more!

A roster of fifteen tutors has helped the adults with their English through conversations and role playing. Helping the adults with their homework was an opportunity to teach writing and reading and   math and we also have big plans this summer to work with the whole family on a one-on-one basis. For this reason, we need to add more tutors to our roster so that we can work with each person individually.

So this is your chance to become more involved. Try something new or put all your skills into play to help a well-deserving family!

Please get in touch with Charlotte Cameron at or Susan Brockley at