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Lloydminster

Community Profile:

Canada’s border city, Lloydminster straddles the Fourth Meridian—more commonly known as the Alberta–Saskatchewan border. This bi-provincial city has a single municipal administration. Its population of around 31,500 boasts the youngest median age in all of Canada.
 
The Lloydminster economy is driven mainly by the petroleum industry, with a secondary focus on agriculture. In recent years, the city has been a major draw to people from across Canada and around the world, including minority groups that identify as South Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Korean, Japanese, and European.
Local events and attractions offer fun for the whole family year-round. The Bud Miller All Seasons Park sports a wave pool, trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, as well as courts and pitches for all the favourite local sports—including nine-hole Frisbee golf! The Root, Lloydminster’s Community Emporium, brings in a wide range of musical and comedy events. 
 

English Language Learner Support Services:

The Lloydminster Learning Council Association opened its doors in 1975 and has been providing a full array of leading edge programming ever since. The past 15 years have seen a very large English Language Learning (ELL) and Family Literacy component, as well as programming to address adult basic literacy and adult lifelong learning.
 
Nearly 100 ESL learners carry on their studies in several different classroom settings. Students receive outstanding support from invested instructors, as well as additional assistance from as many as three volunteer tutors. The tutors have opportunities to develop professionally, gain confidence, and learn new ideas. The following classes are offered:
  • The very popular Women’s Program offers afternoon ESL classes once a week, with transportation and child care provided.
  • A special Low Literacy Program is offered as a break-out class for those who need it.
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level ESL classes are held two evenings a week.
  • Road to IELTS is a teacher-supported online test prep program.
  • Family Literacy activities are held regularly, such as Books for Babies and 1-2-3 Rhyme with Me.
  • One-on-one tutors are available to offer support for ELL, Literacy, and Workplace Literacy students.
  • New programs and discussions with local businesses are bringing EWP classes to different sites.
  • Experience Lloydminster takes learners to visit the city’s attractions, such as the museum, the library, theater performances, sports events, and other activities for the whole family.
  • Coffee Chat is an informal English conversation circle.
  • Newcomer Welcome (partnered with the Catholic School Division) helps with settlement issues for new families in the area.

Community Challenges:

Funding is the biggest concern for the Lloydminster Learning Council. A growing community means increasing need and an ever-expanding demand for programs. Getting the most possible out of funding dollars is always a challenge. 
Ideally, the Council would like to increase programming, offer more specific courses within the existing broad categories, conduct more research and development in regard to EWP best practices, and consolidate resources and information on a larger scale. However, there is only so much the current staff and volunteers can attend to, and growth in these areas will have associated costs.
 

Community Support:

The Lloydminster Learning Council enjoys 100% support from the community, including many productive partnerships. In turn, the Council lends their support to major city gatherings, such as sending volunteers to work at the Hockey Day in Canada event.
 
The Council’s community partners include the following:
  • Lakeland College
  • Midwest Family Connections (Parent Link)
  • Lloydminster Public Library (including their Mango program)
  • The Education Room Daycare facility
  • Lloydminster Public School Board
  • Lloydminster Catholic School Division
  • Newcomer Gateway (newcomer settlement services)
  • City of Lloydminster
  • Alberta and Saskatchewan governments
  • ESL Rural Routes, NorQuest College

Each of these groups, and others not listed here, brings a very appreciated brand of expertise to the table, helping to build strength and add capacity to the services offered by the Lloydminster Learning Council.

Local Contact:

Lloydminster Learning Council
Darlene MacDonald, Executive Director
dmacdonald@lloydlearningcouncil.org