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Volunteer of the Month – August 2020

Volunteer of the Month – August

Lance Lee-Chun

We are happy to announce our Volunteer of the Month for August: Lance Lee-Chen! Here is a message from Lance: “It’s been a privilege to be able to give my time every week to the groups of kids I work with, and to want nothing in return. The deepest feelings of gratitude I’ve experienced in life, are a by product of people who have made the time for me and wanted absolutely nothing in return. Those who’ve left me with a positive experience I will never forget until the end of time. My sincerest thanks to and the staff at Superkids who have permitted me with the opportunity to continue my work with an amazing group of kids in-person, live, and present.”

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A Message from the Fraser Hickson team on our Commitment to Diversity and Anti-Racism

A Message from the Fraser Hickson team on our Commitment to Diversity and Anti-Racism
July 29th, 2020
At the Fraser Hickson Institute, we believe in equality and stand in solidarity with those protesting against anti-Black racism and structural racism in Canada. In this letter, we would like to publicly address the actions our organization is taking to commit to diversity and anti-racism in our programming.
The Fraser Hickson Institute’s mission is to raise literacy levels by empowering partners to instill in children a life-long love of reading and learning from birth and to enable free access to books and animation services. Our project provides daycares and community centres across Montreal with free access to books and volunteer storytime animators. The communities we serve are among the most diverse in Canada, home to people of different races, ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic status, gender identities, religious beliefs, and physical abilities. Therefore, we believe that it is vital that these communities have access to books that accurately reflect their diversity.
A step towards addressing systemic inequality is by having more positive representation in literature because stories significantly impact children’s social and identity development. Children’s self-esteem is mostly influenced by how society views the cultural group to which they belong (Naidoo, 2014). When children do not see their culture represented in library collections, they receive the message that their culture is not important enough to be featured in the library (Naidoo, 2014). Therefore, we commit to including more books authored by and featuring people of colour and other diverse identities in our library collection. Going forward, we will be prioritizing diversity and representation when curating our library materials and online resources.
Lastly, to advocate for anti-racism and to help build a greater understanding of the actions we all can take, we have compiled a Black Lives Matter reading list on our Facebook page. We encourage individuals to use this list to become more informed and engaged as we do our part to increase representation in children’s literature in our communities.

Helen Fortin, CEO
Asha Dixit, Operations Manager
Vanessa Foran, Partner and Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator
Marco de Petrillo, Librarian

Naidoo, J. C. (2014). The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children (pp. 1-14,
Rep.). Association for Library Service to Children.

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Volunteer of the Month – July 2020

Volunteer of the Month – July

Amanda Fournier

We are happy to announce our Volunteer of the month for July: Amanda Founier!

“Reading has always been a central part of my childhood, from sensory books as a baby to “how-to” books like this one (which still remains one of my favourites today) a bit later on. I believe that early literacy is a fundamental part of a developing child’s mind. This is why I saw volunteering with as a wonderful opportunity to share my love of books, and to support parents/guardians in promoting reading to young children during these challenging times.“ Amanda Founier

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Volunteer of the Month – June 2020

Volunteer of the Month – June

Chantelle Piano

This month, we highlight Chantelle’s dedication as Volunteer of the Month. “Being a volunteer for had been one of the best experience I’ve had during my teenage years. Being in contact with the kids from CPE Garderie Kan Tsipor has given me the chance to relive childhood memories by sharing the childrens’ stories that had once been books that I’ve read. It was a real pleasure to read and give new colors to the kids imagination.” Chantelle Piano

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Chamandy Foundation and Foundation of Greater Montreal

Chamandy Foundation and Foundation of Greater Montreal

We are pleased to announce the receipt of a $50,000 donation from the Chamandy Foundation Fund at the Foundation of Greater Montreal. This very generous donation will aid the project enormously in securing new partners thereby ensuring early literacy access to those who need it the most! A huge Thank You to our wonderful Chamandy donors!

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TELUS Friendly Future Foundation

TELUS Friendly Future Foundation

A heartfelt thank you to the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation for supporting the minibiblioPLUS project powered by Fraser Hickson in this COVID 19 time of uncertainty! With their support, we will be able to continue to provide excellent services in both real-time and on-line to our children, parents, and partners. The project emphasizes Early Literacy Development through the provision of free books and animation services to partners. Outcomes of the project include improved literacy levels and instilling a live-long love of reading in children thereby promoting their long-term mental health. Together we can continue to create brighter futures for our children.

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Volunteer of the Month – May 2020

Volunteer of the Month – May

Joan Hongoh

Our volunteer of the month for May is Joan Hngoh, one of our most dedicated and passionate storytime volunteers. “It has been my pleasure to work with Minibiblioplus for the past few years as a volunteer. I read to my little friends at Cocon du Bonheur, in Côte des Neiges and more recently at La Garderie Mary Poppins in NDG.  To share love and warmth with these wonderful children always brightens my day and reminds me of my days as a kindergarten teacher.  Having studied Children’s Literature with Montreal’s wonderful professor Marion Blake and having done much work in “teaching reading” as part of my McGill Master’s degree, I cannot underestimate the value of reading.” Joan Hongoh

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Volunteer of the Month – April 2020

Volunteer of the Month – April

Vicki Barkoff

Our volunteer of the month for April is Vicki Barkoff, one of our most dedicated and passionate storytime volunteers. During the COVID-19 crises, Vicki has agreed to film herself doing storytime so that we can spread the love of reading to families even while they are staying at home. “The Fraser Hickson storytime program offers an opportunity to interact with very young people, and what could be more delightful?  They are curious, eager and full of original ideas and opinions.” Vicki Barkoff

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Volunteer of the Month – March 2020

Volunteer of the Month – March

Carol Lakoff

This month, we highlight Carole’s dedication as Volunteer of the Month. For the past year, she has been animating storytime at two daycares. Thank you Carole for your passion! “I have been a storytime reader for a year now and I enjoy this volunteer opportunity very much. I really love the chance to interact with young children and to familiarize myself with children’s literature. This has been a very positive experience for me.” Carol Lakoff

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