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Drayton Valley

Community Profile:

  • Nationalities represented:
    • Burkina Faso
    • Ivory Coast
    • Senegal
    • South Africa
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Philippines
    • Russia
    • China
    • Uruguay
    • Mexico
    • Belize
    • France
    • Germany
    • Pakistan
    • India
    • England
    • Australia
    • United States
    • Egypt
    • Lebanon.
  • Majority of learners are literate in their own language. However, there are individuals learning to speak, read and write English for the first time.

English Language Learner Support Services:

  • Volunteer Tutor Adult Literacy Service
    • Individual and group learning. To set up an appointment and assessment, call Allie at 
    • ESL, citizenship, math, reading, writing and spelling.
    • Beginner level and beyond
  • Drayton Valley Community Adult Learning Council
    • Every Monday, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    • Offers an International English Language Testing System preparation class.
    • Intermediate to upper intermediate learners.
  • Mom’s ESL Group
    • Every Tuesday, 2:00 - 3:30 pm at the Parent Link Centre (childcare is provided).
    • Content developed by participants.
    • External speakers are brought in for topics such as budgeting, first aid and parenting.
    • Information provided on community events, amenities, doctors and schools in addition to  providing English language instruction and pronunciation.
    • The English skill level of the group ranges from intermediate to advanced

Community Challenges:

  • Our community as a whole has not yet fully embraced cultural diversity as a positive opportunity and myths around newcomers still exist.
  • Having enough volunteers to meet the demands and number of learners

Community Support:

Allie would like to acknowledge the Drayton Valley Multicultural Association for its support of newcomers in the community. This social group hosts and participates in a number of events throughout the year including Canada Day, a Christmas Party, and a Temporary Foreign Worker welcome and appreciation party. Membership to join the Drayton Valley Multicultural Association is $10 per year.
Published: November 2012

Local Contact:

Drayton Valley & District Community Learning Association
Allie Spicer-Riess, Executive Director