Meet Your Regional Support Staff
Tanis Harms: North Region
I love learning and helping others grow in their learning. For approximately 10 years I taught in a college setting, but since having children the recent years of my life have been focused in the areas of Early Childhood Development and Family Literacy. My Family Literacy journey began as a participant, then as a facilitator and finally as the Family Literacy Coordinator with the South Peace Rural Community Learning Association. I have a degree in Intercultural Studies, a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate and I hold a Family Literacy Certificate from Conestoga College. I believe it is important to be a lifelong learner both personally and professionally, and I am honored to have the opportunity to support CALP staff in Northern Alberta!
Rebecca Still: West-Central Region
I have a passion for adult literacy & learning, having spent over 20 years working in the field. I have been a tutor, adult & family literacy coordinator, facilitator, researcher, provincial board member and curriculum developer. I was part of the “Connecting Literacy to Community” project through Bow Valley College, helping community groups become ‘Literacy Friendly’ by increasing awareness about ways to improve their programs and services to be more accessible to all adults, whatever their literacy or foundational skill levels. While working on the Creating Learning Partners training manual, I developed a deep understanding of adult learning principles and how we can support adults on their learning journey.
Val Rathjen: East-Central Region
I am excited to work alongside and support the amazing people in East-Central Alberta, to help you achieve even greater things in your communities. I come to this new position with a strong background in community learning program planning and delivery, and an in-depth knowledge of Alberta’s Community Adult Learning Program, with nearly 10 years’ experience with Flagstaff Community Adult Learning. I’m known for my passion for people, great listening skills, enthusiasm and sense of humour. I love seeing people and programs reach their potential and I am excited about the possibilities ahead as we transition to the new CALP Guidelines and the renewed adult learning system. I’d love to hear your questions and ideas and promise that I will do my best to provide the support that you need.
Cheryl Lovstrom: Central Region
I truly believe in the power of the CALP model and admire those helping learners along their path. Central Region is my home and I am very excited to work with the amazing people in this region! I came to Team CLN after 11 years in the CALP system. When I wasn’t working on office technology, finances or staffing needs, I was connecting with adult learners directly one-on-one or in family literacy programs. During my time in the field I developed a solid understanding of adult learning principles and the many challenges for adult learners in our programs. Since becoming a Regional Support Staff I have had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge and apply it in new ways; delivering responsive, customized support to CALPs around the province. It’s a privilege to work alongside a new set of adult learners; those of you who are making such a difference in the communities you serve.
Emily Robinson Leclair: South Region
I have long been an advocate for literacy and learning. In 1999, I strapped on a backpack filled with picture books and finger-puppets and made my way across the city to deliver family storytimes at Calgary Public Library locations. Fast forward seventeen years and my professional portfolio includes a well-rounded understanding of adult literacy and learning, family literacy, tutor training and English language learning. For almost ten years I coordinated the Library’s volunteer adult literacy program. It was this program that ignited my passion for adult foundational learners. I welcome the opportunity to share my knowledge to successfully support learners as they improve their essential skills and literacy.Raised in the Elk Valley the nearest Alberta municipality to my hometown is the Crowsnest Pass.