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This summer, the Acadia Community Learning Program hosted 65 participants in an English language program created for newcomer families in the Annapolis Valley.

The Acadia Community Learning Program (ACLP) was launched in 2016 in response to the sudden influx of refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East and Africa. Summer language programs for parents and children, however, are not available in the Valley through federally and provincially funded programs because of a lack of funding in rural areas.

To fill the gap over the past four summers, the ACLP has delivered English language classes to newcomer families in the Annapolis Valley, providing classes for adults and children of all ages. Enrollment has grown from 37 participants in 2016 to 65 participants this summer. This program continues to grow because of the return of families from past years of the program, and the arrival of many new families in the area. Some of our previous participants have gone on to study at NSCC and Acadia University because of connections made during this program. Other participants have now found employment, started businesses, and bought homes in the area.


On Wednesday, July 17, Dr. Janice Best, Dr. Sarah Rudrum, and Dr. Jennifer Tinkham were announced as recipients of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants.

When the Government of Canada announced its 2019, $275 million commitment to Canada Research Chair (CRC) funding on June 14, Acadia Biology Professor Dr. Mark Mallory was included with those researchers who, as part of the announcement, were elevated from Tier II to Tier I Chairs. This makes Mallory only the third ever Tier I CRC at Acadia and the $1.4 million in funding from the government will see his lab undertake an increased focus on Atlantic Canadian contamination of wildlife and coastal habitat issues in addition to his well-known research in Canada’s Arctic.

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