by Mabel Hastings
The Missisquoi North Volunteer Centre (CABMN) a non-profit charitable organization is busy preparing for its Annual Christmas Baskets for needy families and individuals that will be delivered on Dec. 15 in Potton and surrounding areas. Gathering food, traditional Christmas dinner items, and small extras makes for a busy few weeks for volunteers and CABMN staff.
The CABMN recently received a visit from the Administrative Assistant for the Yamaska Literacy Council, Amanda Patch, who delivered new books (in both French and English) for each child whose family is registered to receive a basket this year. These beautiful books will be added to the baskets giving the special gift of reading to children in need.
The mission of the Yamaska Literacy Council (YLC) is to identify and respond to evolving literacy needs in Brome-Missisquoi & Haute-Yamaska regions, to help English speaking adults and older youth improve their literacy skills in order to reach their goals, to provide training and support to literacy volunteers and to increase public awareness of literacy issues and solutions. Their services and programs deliver community-based literacy programming including: one-to-one tutoring, lifelong learning, youth and family initiatives and promotion, outreach and advocacy.
The YLC is overseen by a Board of Directors and the staff team is made up of: Executive Director, Wendy Seys, Administrative Assistant, Amanda Patch, Development Agent, Cindy Elston and Learning Hive Agent, Kayla Colosimo. The YLC offices are located at: 505 Rue Sud in Cowansville, 5403 Rue Foster in Waterloo and 5 Rue Academy in Stanbridge East. To reach the YLC call: (450) 263-7503.