EDUCATION–Adult Educators to Share Ideas, Best Practices andResources More than 70 adult educators, government and communityrepresentatives from the southwestern region of the province aremeeting to share ideas, best practices and resources at theSailing to Success conference beginning today, April 21, at WhitePoint Beach Resort. The three-day conference is the first event of its kind in theregion. Participants will share ideas, review adult literacy bestpractices and celebrate the many successes realized by people andorganizations serving adult learners through the Nova ScotiaSchool for Adult Learning. “We’re pleased to work with our partners in this region toadvance adult education in the province,” said Education MinisterJamie Muir. “These educators, and people like them, are having atremendous impact. They’ve helped hundreds of adults in thesouthwestern region learn to read, write and prepare themselvesfor better jobs and more fulfilling lives.” Eric Tetford has been involved in adult literacy in Nova Scotiafor more than 10 years. Today he will tell conferenceparticipants about his approach to building successfulpartnerships, explaining how these partnerships can lead toinnovative ideas, such as a literacy float for the Christmasparade. “Sailing to Success is a great opportunity for adult literacypractitioners to come together to share ideas, resources and bestpractices,” said Mr. Tetford, a member of the conference planningteam and the co-ordinator of the community-based Yarmouth andShelburne Learning Networks. The Department of Education launched the Nova Scotia School forAdult Learning in September 2001 to help adult Nova Scotiansaccess better co-ordinated education programs throughout theprovince. The programs range from beginning literacy to highschool completion. Increasing lifelong learning opportunities is part of Skills NovaScotia, which provides opportunities for better education andtraining for all Nova Scotians, including adult learners. Sailing to Success is a professional development conferencesponsored by Human Resources and Skills Development Canadathrough the National Literacy Secretariat. The conferenceplanning team is made up of Nova Scotia School for Adult Learningrepresentatives from the departments of Community Services andEducation, Nova Scotia Community College’s Lunenburg and Burridgecampuses, the Tri-county and South Shore district school boards,the Yarmouth and Shelburne County Learning Networks, the QueensCounty Learning Network, and the Lunenburg County Adult LearningNetwork. “The Nova Scotia Community College, School of Access, is veryexcited to participate and contribute to the conference,” saidShelly Kelly, adult learning program counsellor, LunenburgCampus, and a member of the planning team. “It has been aprivilege to work with all the partners in Lunenburg, Queens,Shelburne and Yarmouth counties to bring excellence to the peoplewho are passionate about literacy in Nova Scotia and in theircommunities.” Literacy and upgrading programs across the province are deliveredby community-based learning networks, school board adult highschools and by community colleges. Last year more than 4,000adult students were enrolled at various levels of study withthese delivery partners.