David Bouchard Headshot

1st Annual Literacy & Learning Day Conference

Date:       April 12th, 2003

Venue:     N.A.I.T

# Registered:   1013

Keynote Speaker:   David Bouchard

Keynote Topic:       Importance of Parents Involvement

# of Workshops:      46

Additional Information:

-       Sixty thousand registration forms were distributed to Catholic and Public Schools throughout the city.

-       Sixty-nine (69) of eighty-six (86) Catholic Schools were represented; one hundred and seventy eight (178) of two hundred and eight (208) Public schools.

-       Fifty-four (54) presenters offered forty-six (46) distinct workshops to parents, covering areas of literacy, behavioral concerns, computer technology, study habits and much more. These presenters, often paid for these sessions, volunteered their time and expertise for this event!

-       The response of parents attending was very positive. Over and over, during the day, they spoke enthusiastically of the need and value of this type of conference. Many follow up letters and emails repeated this message.

-       At the end of the day, we were able to say proudly that this day was created by parents, administered by parents and almost totally funded by parents.

The message was clear... parents are major players in education, and, by working together, are capable of great achievements.

2003 Acknowledgements

Financial Contributions:

Irv and Dianne Kipnes
Douglas & Barbara Shearer
Denise & Darcy Olinyk
Friends of Balwin Society
Callingwood Lymburn Community League
Lymburn Elementary PALS and School Council
Newton Community League
Newton School Council
Mount Royal School Council
Good Shephard Elementary School
Londonderry Parent Advisory Association
Velma E. Baker Parent Association
Ecole St. Cecilia PTSAS
Menisa Elementary School
Earl Buxton Elementary School
Dan Knot School Council
St. Paul's School
Randy Anderson Learning Foundation (ralf.ca)
Lendrum Elementary School
St. Bonaventure School Council
Our Lady of Mount Caramel School Council


Our Special Friend Ronda
Family and Friends of the Organizing Committee
Presenters of All Sessions for our Literacy and Learning Day
Principal, Parents, Teachers and Students of Lymburn School
Principal, Parents, Teachers and Students of Delwood School
NAIT Timetabling Office
Mr. Roy Fraser
Toastmasters Clubs of Edmonton
Scona Pride Group, Strathcona Composite High School

Donations in Kind:

NAIT and NAIT Catering
J. Armstrong Design
Quality Color A Division of Moore Corporation
Copy City in West Edmonton
Fast Signs West Edmonton
The Edmonton Public School Board
The Edmonton Catholic School Board
Weyerhaeuser Company Limited
Garden Valley Greenhouses & Dunvegan Gardens
Creative Packaging
Cascade Paper Products
MP T-Shirts
Office Depot at Mayfield Common
Scope Printing