Atira Property Management’s Social Return on Investment Report

Vancouver, BC – A report produced by Ernst & Young, released today, confirms that hiring people from the Downtown Eastside benefits taxpayers at a rate of more than four to one.

Analysis conducted by Ernst & Young shows that, for every dollar spent to employ a target employee group in 2016, Atira Property Management Inc.(Atira) has realized a social return on investment (SROI) of $4.13, an improvement over Ernst & Young’s 2013 SROI report of $.81. Further, 88% of those hired believe their life circumstances have improved since they started work. Read More

Source: ATIRA

Literacy Practices Sharing Circle with Dr. Shirley Walters

Shirley Walters directed the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education and the Division for Lifelong Learning over 30 years. She is a feminist and social justice activist working locally and globally. She currently serves as deputy president (Africa) on the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE). Her latest co-edited book (with Astrid von Kotze) is Forging Solidarity: Popular Education at Work 2017 Sense Publishers, Rotterdam.

Join us for an informal learning exchange with Dr. Shirley Walters, Professor Emerita, Adult & Continuing Education, University of Western Cape, South Africa. She will share what’s going on in South Africa in relation to Adult Learning and Education, and she is eager to learn from us about what is going on in the DTES. The discussion will focus around some key themes:

  • What and how do socio-economic factors in the South African context impact literacy?
  • How do literacy workers in South Africa define literacy?
  • How can groups overcome ‘fragmented activism’ to advocate for change and what does that look like in the South African context?

WHEN: Thursday June 8, 3:00- 4:30

WHERE: 612 Main Street

RSVP: (Space is limited)

Now we have something real to talk about: From 50% to 15% of the population with literacy challenges

There’s a lot happening in Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program these days. On April 12 a long-awaited and very critical evaluation report was released. Then, on April 28 an influx of new funding was announced in the Ontario Budget. This year, LBS will receive an additional 20 million dollars, a 20% increase, with some additional funding to follow for the next two years. Read More

Source: Policy Problems

Who is ABE?

Who is ABE? It’s British Columbians pursuing adult upgrading courses or ELL/ESL classes so they can find better opportunities and improve their job options. It’s newcomers to Canada, veterans, single mothers, Aboriginal learners, and others — in other words, adult basic education students are diverse. What they have in common is a dedication to education. Read More

Source: Open the Doors