Sometimes, when we are given assignments for documentaries, we discover that the story is bigger than just a story about an author... in this case, Carey Rigby-Wilcox is an inspiration that has not only overcome her challenges with literacy to become an award winning author, but she continues to help spread the word and support other learners from not just Saskatoon but across the country. This is a story to remember. - produced by Bamboo Shoots for SaskTel Max TV 2015
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Forty-two percent of Canadian adults between the ages of 16 and 65 have low literacy skills these numbers are determined by: International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) I am an adult learner that fits into this alarming statistic. I have worked with a literacy tutor for over 25 years. Today I am motivated and passionate to help create awareness and inspire change. My personal mission is to create books that speak to adults and children who maybe be struggling with literacy as I once did. I want to eliminate the shame that often comes with low literacy and encourage others to reach out for help.
My books offer an insight into the lives of those 42% of Canadians that face each day without the literacy skills necessary to live life to its fullest.
I hope to inspire readers to become tutors or volunteer at a school reading program, to advocate for those who struggle or to sponsor books to those who will find support and encouragement through my stories. I have dedicated my life to creating awareness and support to the issue of literacy in my home province of Saskatchewan, and I plan to expand my message across Canada and beyond.
My life's journey has guided me towards my deepest passions – literacy and art. I am now combining these strengths. Currently, I am a businessperson, a self-published author and illustrator.
I want to leave you with this message; it’s never to late to learn, you are not alone, and most of all...you are worth it!
Carey Rigby-Wilcox- Forever a life learner!
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