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We are thrilled to announce that another valued member of the TLE team has been awarded the Freda Hudson Volunteer Recognition Award. Gordon Cook is this year’s recipient!

Gordon shows off his Freda Hudson Volunteer Recognition Award
TLE members and supporters congratulate Gordon during TLE’s 2019/20 Celebration Event

Awarded in memory of a remarkable volunteer, this pin will be presented annually to an active, longstanding volunteer who has made a “remarkable” contribution to literacy. The Freda Hudson Award was established in 2007. Nominees must meet the criteria described above. For more information visit www.literacyquebec.org

Gordon Cook, a remarkable TLE tutor:

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Gordon Cook as one of our valued volunteers since 2015, tirelessly working at The Learning Exchange with students to tutor up to three days a week. In his capacity as a TLE math volunteer and family literacy volunteer, I have always been impressed with his ability to be so flexible, informative and friendly. When he joined TLE five years ago this month, he wrote on his application that, as a retired Electrical Engineer, he would like to utilize his knowledge and experience of math & the principles of physics to help students studying these subjects succeed. He has done just that and so much more! Gordon’s  immeasurable dedication and helpful approach with students have made him an invaluable asset to both TLE and CDC-Vimont. The Learning Exchange is extremely grateful for his contribution to our community and in the advancement of literacy. He is a valued member of TLE’s family of volunteers, his ability to work with so many different learners with a kind and welcoming nature makes him truly indispensable…and quite remarkable.

Darlene Brown | TLE Executive Director


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#NVW2020

Sunday, April 19, marks the start of National Volunteer Week in Canada. It’s a coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of the commitment, dedication, generosity and selflessness of Canada’s almost 12.7 million volunteers. This couldn’t be more timely!

Led by Volunteer Canada and local volunteer centres, the theme this year It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers encourages all Canadians to loudly and proudly cheer for Canada’s volunteers.

“Volunteers work year-round to address critical social, economic, and environmental issues and the generosity is only amplified during floods, forest fires, and public health emergencies,” says Paula Speevak, Volunteer Canada President and CEO. “This year, we want to shine the spotlight on those volunteering to support essential services during this public health crisis, and to salute those who help by staying home to protect themselves and their communities.”

Canada’s volunteers work tirelessly to achieve progress in their community, city and country. They give time in support of causes and programs they believe in and ask for nothing in return. Their time contributes billions of dollars to the Canadian economy every month, at last count over $55 billion per year. Their smiles bring happiness and hope.

Without volunteers and their more than 160 million hours of volunteer time each month, so much of what must get done, would go undone. Meals would have no wheels. Seniors would miss medical appointments. Cats and dogs would have no foster homes. Walkways and driveways of elderly neighbours would pile up with snow. Groceries at food banks wouldn’t make it to those in need. Children’s sports teams would all be benched.

Canadians are encouraged this week to post a Cheers to Volunteers! poster in their windows for all to see. The poster is available at Volunteer.ca or they can make their own. Also, Canadians can post Volunteer Canada’s gif on social media with the hashtags #CheersToVolunteers and #NVW2020.

~ Volunteer Canada


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All of us at The Learning Exchange are saddened to say goodbye to dear friend and colleague, Lazar Jevremovic. Lazar worked with The Learning Exchange for years on the Board of Directors and as a valued volunteer both in English, family literacy and math.

Lazar Jevremovic
TLE Vice-President

Lazar was passionate in his work as a volunteer and committed to moving The Learning Exchange forward. He was a caring and devoted volunteer, a cherished colleague and will be missed by many, but never will he be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to have known him!

Someone who does so much, so often, so willingly – and all from a beautiful heart…


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Join TLE April 15th-21st, 2018 to recognize the contributions of TLE’s volunteers in our community.

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.This year’s theme by Volunteer Canada is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”. Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. From opportunities to develop new skills, to finding deep and meaningful personal connections, the magic of volunteering is that it creates social and economic value for all.

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