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Vegreville

Community Profile:

Vegreville is a town in central Alberta located on Highway 16A, approximately 103 km (64 mi) east of Edmonton. It was incorporated as a town in 1906, and that year also saw the founding of the Vegreville Observer, a weekly newspaper for the region. 

A large percentage of Vegreville’s population is of Ukrainian Canadian descent, and it is home to the world’s largest pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg).


Town website address: www.vegreville.com
 

English Language Learner Support Services:

Since 1975, the VegMin Learning Society has offered Adult Learning and Literacy Programs to residents of the Town of Vegreville and the County of Minburn. The society’s mission is to advocate for the learning needs of adults by providing barrier-free, flexible, and affordable learning opportunities.
Currently, they offer a variety of programming in Foundational Literacy, Essential Skills, English Language Learning (ELL), Community Capacity, and General Interest, including:
 
  • Volunteer tutoring in English, reading, writing, numeracy, and computer and digital technology
  • Learning Circle to increase or maintain basic foundational literacy and essential skills
  • Technological help
  • English Language Learners drop-in class
  • CELPIP/IELTS prep
  • Many other general interest programs.

ELL Supports
 
Aside from the ELL support programs that VegMin offers, they have been innovative and forward thinking by providing live or recorded ELL sessions for their learners. If learners are unable to attend class, they have the option of watching a live feed or a recorded session. A great idea, especially for their learners who travel!
 

Community Challenges:

Due to its small rural location and growing transient population, Vegreville has many challenges and barriers that affect the community and CALP. Additionally, the relocation of the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Case Processing Centre (CPC) to Edmonton, has also had a major impact on their community.
This said, VegMin CALP is committed and dedicated to their community and has come up with goals that they hope will support their community. Some of these goals include:
  • Increasing access to learning by removing as many barriers as possible
  • Partnering with other learning providers (local and remote) to enhance learning opportunities
  • Working with other programmers to address and reduce community issues
  • Promoting lifelong learning within the service

Community Support:

Vegreville is a thriving little town with a lot of community support, and VegMin CALP is pleased to have partnerships with many of them. These partnerships include :

Alberta Works ** CALS ** Vegreville Parent Link ** AHS‒Health Promotion ** Vegreville & Area FCSS ** Vegreville Ag Society ** Senior Citizens Sunshine Club of Vegreville ** Vegreville Centennial Library ** Village of Innisfree Library ** Innisfree Ag Society ** Mannville, Minburn, Innisfree FCSS ** Rural Elder Abuse Prevention (REAP) Coalition ** VALID Assoc. ** WJS Alberta ** Life Opportunities Program ** Vegreville & Dist. Coop ** Prairie Crop Management ** Vegreville News Advertiser ** Highway 16 News ** Country 106.5 ** SPUR ** CFCW


Additional contact info for VegMin Learning Society:

Like them on Facebook or follow them on twitter @VegminLearning 

Website: www.vegmin.com

Office Phone: 1.780.632.7920
 

Local Contact:

VegMin Learning Society
Holly Cependa, Executive Director
vegmin@vegmin.com