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Literacy Ambassadors

Canada has a rich and varied history, and Frontier College is an important part of our country’s story. Our Literacy Ambassadors—former staff, volunteers, and Labourer-Teachers—come from all parts of the country, all walks of life, and their experiences with Frontier College span decades. 

If you have worked with us in any capacity, we encourage you to send in your own Frontier College story and join the Literacy Ambassadors group to keep up-to-date with Frontier College literacy programs, job opportunities, events, and more.

For more information or to reconnect with Frontier College, please contact

Doug Myers
Nobody Learned Much But Me; My Summer with Frontier College

The year was 1957. I was twenty-one and looking for a summer job after my first year at university. A friend told me he was applying to be a Labour...

William Bartolotta
A kit, a few text books, and a handshake

At 96 years old, William Bartolotta not only remembers when Edmund Bradwin was principal of Frontier College, but had the pleasure of meeting him. ...

Meagan C, Halifax
I will never forget the smile on her face

Even volunteering with Frontier College for a short time made an impact on me. My first few sessions as a tutor were hard sometimes,...

Geneviève Griffin, ancienne stagiaire et bénévole
2008 à 2014 avec Collège Frontière

J’ai eu la chance de m'impliquer de 2008 à 2014 avec Collège Frontière, plus particulièrement dans le quartier Côte-des-Neiges. En plus d...

Geneviève Chénier, ancienne bénévole et animatrice
C’est vraiment une leçon pour la vie…

J’ai joint Collège Frontière parce que cet organisme m’enlevait les mots de la bouche! Je devais les récupérer, j’ai donc frappé ...

Nolian Seitaj, former volunteer and OT member
I chose Frontier College

When I first came to Canada as a new immigrant in May 2014 I took a dream with me; to become an English teacher. As long as it could take to get th...

Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cosette, ancien stagiaire
C’est une véritable éducation!

Un bénévole arrive à Collège Frontière un peu par hasard. Il aurait pu choisir un autre organisme. Elle aurait pu travailler à un autre enjeu. Rapi...

Roger, former volunteer and OT member
Passionate About Learning

I started volunteering for Frontier College because I was passionate about learning and bringing education to underserved communities: ensuring the...

Annabelle, ancienne bénévole et membre de CO
Une petite différence dans ma communauté

Mon implication au sein de Collège Frontière a d’abord débuté par un besoin d’aider les autres. Étant aînée d’une grande famille ...

Rhonda Taylor, former Frontier College staff
Frontier College - Every place is a learning place!

My journey with Frontier College started June of 2000; little did I know that my time with the College would span over 15 years. What drew me to ap...

Jennifer Parker
Learning and Helping: My Frontier College Experience

I first heard of Frontier College through my brother who volunteered as a tutor for the College during his four years at Queen's University...

Fabien Torres
Collège frontière à Montréal

Je suis devenu bénévole à Collège Frontière dès ma première année au Québec, soit en 2006. 6 mois plus tard, j’étais déjà responsable d&rsq...

Cam Mackie
Frontier College, or Why I Love Railroads!

"Hard Work and Low Pay” said the summer employment ad in the Manitoban, the U of Manitoba student newspaper. What kind of an organizatio...

Graeme Truelove
Summers of 2008 and 2009 in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug

Say goodbye to pavement!I don’t know if the Wasaya airlines shuttle driver noticed the confused look on my face, but he didn’t elaborat...

Eric Robinson
Bert and Basic English

A memorable event of any early Frontier College instructor’s field posting was the briefing by Principal Edmund W. Bradwin. These were based ...

Rev. Peter Niblock
Frontier College Remembered

I first heard of Frontier College early in my studies at the University of Toronto; when hitchhiking my way to class, a station wagon bearing the n...

Mary Choy
Reflections on Personal Growth: Lessons from the North

For the past three summers I have been working as a Summer Camp Counsellor with the Lieutenant Governor's Aboriginal Summer Literacy Program. I...

Harjasprit Dhaliwal
A Memory from Twenty Years Ago

This is story of the most amazing summer I have ever spent. A summer that started off with tears of, “I can‟t wait til this is over”, b...

Peter Loebel
Meeting Joey: A Memory of Being a Frontier College Labourer‐Teacher in Newfoundland, 1951  

I became a social worker largely as a result of my experience as a Labourer‐Teacher with Frontier College in 1951. My interest in community develop...

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Did You Know ?

Literacy is the set of foundational skills that enable an individual “to interpret information, make decision, and solve problems in personal, work, and community life” (Windisch, 2015, p.20)

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