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June 2006



Learning Centre

"Your gateway to life-long learning opportunities"


Computer Lending Library Update

Program Bridges Digital Divide

Poor families take computers home


Stephanie Abraham uses her computer for research and to study for

exams ? and have fun exploring the world.

Stephanie Abraham loves to check out flight prices to Egypt on her home computer -- and it's all thanks to the Computer Lending Library.

"I've always wanted to go to Egypt, so sometimes I like to look at the flight prices online," admitted Abraham, 34, one of about 75 guests at the Aboriginal Centre yesterday to celebrate a program that will give hundreds of low-income Manitobans computers for their homes.

The event hosted students from the Aboriginal Centre's Community Campus as well as tech enthusiasts and educational leaders from across Manitoba.

"You can do banking and research online, and study for exams," said Abraham, a mother of six who is currently working toward her high school degree.

"I wasn't really into technology (before), but you can see different cultures and places, and chat with people from all over."

The digital divide between those who have access to technology and those who don't needs to be bridged, said the program's supporters, and providing free computers is a first step.

"Libraries as we know them probably won't exist in 50 years," said Louis Visentin, president of Brandon University.   Visentin said the Internet is increasingly a source of academic information for students everywhere, so they need as much online access as possible.

"(Having a computer) is a fundamental issue of literacy," he said. 

"People need fluency in Internet technology."

About 120 people have received computers so far from the program run by the Smart Partners of Manitoba, a non-profit group that focuses on access to technology.

They said they plan to provide 1,000 computers annually to those who apply for them, after receiving donated computers from private and public groups upgrading their equipment.

Youth under the age of 18 can apply for computers as well, if their parents approve.

"It's almost always a family that comes in to pick up a computer, which was a surprise," said Karen Keppler, a co-ordinator of the Computer Lending Library, who said she's been jolted by the number of people under one roof who can use a computer for activities ranging from video games to resumé-building. "I didn't expect it to be such a family activity."

There are wrinkles to be ironed out.  Gaining Internet access at home is still too pricey for some of the program's participants, as is transporting a computer home without immediate access to a vehicle. One recipient said her computer is currently going unused because she lacked the money for a cab ride to drive it to her North End apartment.

"Imagine if a car ride's going to keep you from having a computer, that's tragic," said Keppler, who said the program is looking at expanding wireless access in some downtown neighbourhoods so that people will be able to have free Internet access at home.




So, what is PROOFREADING anyway, and why

should I bother?


When you take a Job Quest Résumé Writing or Cover Letter Writing workshop, your facilitator will tell you to proofread your résumé or cover letter before submitting it to a potential employer.

So, what is proofreading anyway, and why should you bother?

to find out!

Check out the

proofreading online resources and links below!

OWL at Purdue ? Online Writing Lab
(An excellent resource for any writing?I've used this resource for years as a university student and as a Business Education teacher and like it very much)

    Proofreading Your Writing


  Also check out the information on Job Search Writing: Cover

   Letters 1: Quick Tips and Résumés 1: Introduction to Résumés

University of Calgary ? Assistive Technology for Written Language Difficulties

(Check out the very cool online tasks to test your proofreading abilities?under the Editing and Proofreading Tasks section of the page) 

   Self-Assessment of Writing Strengths and Needs


University of North Carolina ? Writing Center ? Handouts and Links



CMU proofmarks image you can print


   Either print the image on legal-sized paper or save the image to

   your computer, insert the image file into a Word (or other word

   processing program) document and size to fit a letter-sized page,

   then print.

Free online article

   The Proof is in the Proofing: 7 Tips to Develop Great  

    Proofreading Skills



Contact Job Quest Career Services for more information at

(204) 482-2100 or toll free (866) 482-2100.



Lord Selkirk

Toastmasters Club #3977

"For Better Listening, Better Thinking, Better Speaking!"

Toastmasters offers a proven way to improve your communication skills. By participating in a fun and supportive Toastmasters group, you'll become a better speaker and leader and gain confidence to succeed in whatever path you've chosen in life

It is always OPEN HOUSE! We love an audience and the coffee is free.

If you have inquiries call Fred at 204 389-5985.



Computer Course

Selkirk & District Community Learning Centre

511 Robinson Ave.

Computer Course
Date: To Be Announced
Time: 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00
Our computer courses teach the basics of using a computer, from turning the machine on to typing a word document to accessing the internet and sending emails. You will be taken through the program so you can understand how to make the computer work for you.

To register, or to find out more information, call the centre at
(204) 482-2111.



Quote of the Month ....

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten."

~ B. F. Skinner


Computer Tutor

Computer Tutor is one-on-one training, at the Selkirk Learning Centre, in the popular software titles. This training is individually tailored to your needs. You can arrange to have a one hour review of your favorite software, or a number of hours to learn something new and relate it to your job.

If you are interested in the Computer Tutor call the Selkirk & District Learning Centre (204) 482-2111.




Audio-Video Conferencing

The Selkirk & District Learning Centre has two-way audio-video capability in three classrooms. Distance courses can now be offered through the Centre.

For more information call Giselle, Program Supervisor at 204 482-2111.



Computer Lending Library 

The Selkirk & District Community Learning Centre operates a Computer Lending Library!

Mission Statement

The SDCLC sponsored Computer Lending Program is designed to encourage the use of computers by making them accessible to those who are unable to otherwise acquire them; thereby increasing their quality of life, literacy, fluency and enhancing the specialty skills that have become a requirement for more employment opportunities - even in entry-level positions.

The Computer Lending Library supplies you with a basic set of computer equipment and will also offer basic instructions for assembling and operating your computer. The training is scheduled hrough the Selkirk & District Community Learning Centre.

for more informtion or contact the Selkirk Learning Centre:

  Phone: (204) 482-2111
  Fax:     (204) 785-1316

  Email:   reception@sdclc.ca

  Web Site: http://selkirklearningcentre.ca



Classroom Rentals

The Selkirk & District Community Learning Centre has furnished Classrooms and Computer Labs , which are deal for:

  • Seminars
  • Training Workshops
  • Computer Training
  • Strategic Planning
  • Off-site Meetings
  • Service Group Gatherings

To view room rates please click here.

For room bookings please contact the Selkirk Learning Centre

(204) 482-2111 or email:  reception@sdclc.ca.

Hours of Operation:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday.

Evening and Weekend Hours are available to be booked.



Internet Access Computers

Free Public Access to Computers

The Selkirk & District Learning Centre has 6 computers that can be used to access the internet, check emails, type out a word document, or job search.  All 6 computers have Windows and MS Office. 

Hours of operation is Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Drop in to the Selkirk Learning Centre, 511 Robinson Ave., to get on a computer and cruise the information highway!




Recycle your computer or empty printer cartridges! 


Drop-Off Site:

Selkirk & District Community Learning Centre

511 Robinson Ave., Selkirk, MB


Phone: (204) 482-2111

Fax:     (204) 785-1316

Email:   reception@sdclc.ca



Instructors Wanted:

Do you have a skill or a hobby you would like to share with others?  We are always looking for instructors and new ideas for courses and workshops.

Call the Selkirk Learning Centre with your ideas at 482-2111 or email reception@sdclc.ca.




 Questions/Comments for the editor:

We value your feedback, please send your questions or comments to the editor of the "Learning Centre Connection" at the Selkirk & District Learning Centre, 511 Robinson Ave., Selkirk, MB, R1A 1E5, or by email: reception@sdclc.ca.




Contact Us:


Selkirk & District Community Learning Centre

    122-511 Robinson Ave.

    Selkirk, MB  R1A 1E5

     Phone:  (204) 482-2111
    Fax:     (204) 785-1316

      Email: reception@sdclc.ca 

The Selkirk Learning Centre is open Monday to Friday from

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.