Relentless Journeys is a collection of literacy stories shared by three women in Canada who are adult literacy learners. They have joined together to help bring awareness about literacy issues that 42% of Canadians face every day.
Carey’s struggles with literacy issues did not stop her; she has risen above those challenges to achieve a full life. She was someone who found reading a struggle, but because of her volunteer tutor she has discovered a deep love for reading. Carey has become an entrepreneur, author, and illustrator. One of her books, "My Mummy Couldn’t Read", was nominated for the Saskatchewan Book Awards, Book of the Year 2008. She believes that her relentless journey was well worth taking.
Dianne C. Smith
If Dianne Smith ever allows herself to sit in a rocking chair in her later years, she will not be thinking “I wish I had...” but rather “I am glad I did." Dianne is an adult learner who pushed herself from working four jobs simultaneously to make ends meet to owning and operating her successful business-“Smith Lodge.” She has travelled from Prince Edward Island to Brazil and China as an adult literacy delegate. This is her heartwarming and adventurous story.
The terrible effects of literacy and numeracy problems on human health, wealth and happiness are unseen. The victims face lifelong shame, guilt, and failure. I hope my story will open eyes to the real destruction of this hidden epidemic and give courage to those willing to come forward and attend classes. But more importantly, since fewer than 5% of adults with learning difficulties seek help, I hope my story will give courage and hope to others. “Read and weep for the Millions in Canada.”