Top W2R volunteer off to university
Shirley-Pat Chamberlain from the Williams Lake Daybreak Rotary Club has been a top volunteer for Write to Read in the Cariboo region, assisting with the development of libraries in several First Nations communities. While it is bad news that W2R will be losing her services, the great news is that she has been accepted at prestigious Edinburgh University for a PHD in Interdisciplinary Studies. The interesting thing is that Shirley-Pat’s thesis will be focussed on the Write to Read Project and what effect it has made to communities, relationships with aboriginal peoples in British Columbia.
Many people have remarked that the Write to Read Project is a “blueprint” that can be copied in other Canadian provinces, and also in other aboriginal communities around the world. Literacy is always the first step towards self-determination. Here is hoping that Shirley-Pat’s thesis will go a long way towards creating a written version of that blueprint, to be copied everywhere!