Food Safe at Northeast Community Adult Learning Council, Fort Vermilion
Northeast Community Adult Learning Council has run the Food Safe course several times in the past few years. There have always been folks who have backed out, but I have kept them on a list. The next time we offer the course, I make a point to phone them, as, in spite of signage and mail-outs, we always struggle to meet class quotas.
As I was finalizing arrangements for our most recent Food Safe course offering, I decided to contract the instructor for 8 students, thinking I would be paying for some empty seats. I then got on the phone and a few days later, I was able to present the instructor with 13 participants! Part of the success was the person-to-person outreach I did, and the information I gave about generous course subsidies.
The course ran, and as I was finishing up the paperwork I realised I had to phone one of the participants to collect the $20 cash she had for me. When I thanked her for coming back to the office, she very pointedly smiled and thanked me for what I had done, saying, “I had wanted to get this course for a long time, now, but never could.” Now, she has a certificate to help her get a job in support of her growing family (the baby of which she ran home to nurse throughout the course!)
I am so happy for Alberta’s CALP program and our ability to help barriered learners.
Marilyn Eek, Coordinator
NE Community Adult Learning
Fort Vermilion, Alberta