On 7 June at the Railway Cafe and Gallery in Maryborough, Luciano Barone, Westpac Maryborough Branch Manager, representing the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund presented ALNF’s Executive EL&L Trainer Pamela Blaszczynski, on behalf of ALNF, with a grant of $47,600. The funds will be used to train and mentor educators and community members in the EL&L Program.
“We’re pleased to support this important literacy program, which will have such a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of local families,” said Scott Tanner on behalf of the Advisory Board of Bank of Melbourne’s Neighbourhood Fund.
Go Goldfields General Manager Sharon Fraser said “The ALNF work has changed the way we see and work with young children on their literacy development. With people trained across childcare, kindergartens, supported playgroup and primary schools, we now have a shared understanding of how we can best support our children as they learn the literacy skills they will need throughout life.”
Originally funded by Go Goldfields in 2013, and generously supported by the Collier Charitable Fund to date, the ALNF’s Early Language and Literacy Program (EL&L) Maryborough Project has already seen 60 local early years educators and carers trained in early literacy techniques.
Image (L to R): Chris Meddows Taylor – Central Goldfields Shire Councillor and Go Goldfields Collaborative Table Chair, Pamela Blaszczynski – ALNF Executive EL&L Trainer, Luciano Barone – Westpac Maryborough Branch Manager, Wendy Lewis – Executive Officer Collier Charitable Fund.