Literacy Warrior- Promoting Literacy for Personal Success
noun, \\ˈwȯr-yər, ˈwȯr-ē-ər, ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər\\
: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill
Carey Rigby-Wilcox is a committed literacy learner, activist, volunteer, entrepreneur, business owner, illustrator, and author who is deeply dedicated to promoting literacy at the local, provincial, and national levels. Carey struggled with reading and writing throughout her school years. Not long after receiving her high school diploma with a very low literacy level, Carey came to a turning point in her life. She knew she needed to improve her literacy level, not only for herself but also for the health, well-being and future of her unborn child. Carey speaks openly with warmth and humility about her own personal literacy journey, giving validation and inspiration to those who have been touched by literacy issues.
Through sharing her stories of her relentless pursuit of literacy, Carey hopes to inspire others to fight their own literacy battles and become Literacy Warriors. She works tirelessly with educators, corporations, non-profit organizations, tutors and community associations to create literacy awareness and eliminate the stigma often associated with low literacy so that others do what she did over 26 years ago; bravely come forward and seek help.
Carey is committed to spreading the word about the importance of literacy and the barriers an adult learner faces every day. Understanding how literacy affects one’s life becomes the catalyst to understanding how to provide support and encouragement to an adult learner. The impact of low literacy does not end with being unable to understand the cooking directions on a package of noodles. Low literacy prevents mothers from understanding what side effects to watch for in her child’s medication or knowing what is in a loan contract. Poverty and homelessness are directly linked to low literacy.
Carey delivers her story with grace and authenticity. She has inspired audiences nationwide with her powerful message of perseverance and personal success. She is truly a Literacy Warrior.
Literacy & Adult Education: Literacy Warrior™
Carey delivers her story with grace and authenticity. She has inspired audiences nationwide with her powerful message of perseverance and personal success. She is truly a Literacy Warrior. Carey’s goal is to offer insight into the dynamics of literacy struggles to encourage those in a position of influence to become Literacy Warriors in helping others. Through sharing her stories of her relentless pursuit of literacy, Carey hopes to inspire and support others to fight their own literacy battles to become Literacy Warriors.
Health: Side Effects of Literacy Issues - The Awareness Prescription
For an individual who is struggling with low literacy, the inability to understand seemingly simple medical forms or prescriptions is a situation that could have potentially deadly consequences. Carey will take you through the everyday reality of the impact that low literacy has on the health and well-being of a growing family.
Volunteerism: The Priceless Gift of a Volunteer - The values of return for time spent
It was the tireless influence of Carey’s volunteer literacy tutor that set off a series of events that propelled her out of life with a very low level of literacy, to a career as an award-winning author, business owner and motivational speaker. Carey hopes to inspire and motivate your volunteers to show them how their gifts of time, skill and support make the world a better place. The importance of volunteerism in improving the lives of individuals, communities, and groups cannot be measured, and it is the volunteers’ priceless dedication that creates unlimited potential in whatever they touch.
Entrepreneur/Business: “Literacy Quest Creates Business Success”
Carey Rigby-Wilcox struggled with reading and writing throughout her school years. Not long after receiving her high school diploma with a very low literacy level, Carey came to a major turning point in her life. Soon after that she started receiving help from a literacy tutor, which had not only helped her to read, but gave her the confidence to step out to create an unique life for her and her family. Her thoughts, creativity and passions guided her towards self-employment. Facing struggles of raising a family and building a business was a huge challenge. Slowly throughout the years of testing new ideas and failing, she continued to pick herself up and try something new. Carey’s simple literacy quest for self-improvement, prospered into something unexpected. Carey will describe her struggling with low literacy, and how she came to an award winning, self-published author and illustrator. Carey proves that when you take a small piece of a vision, passion and add determination the meaning of an entrepreneur is created.
Conference Workshop: From Idea to ISBN – What Happens In Between? - An insider’s view of creating an empowering book
Carey enlightens participants in understanding what is involved in creating an empowering book using modern technology. Learn about the challenges and successes Carey has encountered in producing, printing and creating electronic versions of her books. This award-winning author shares her expertise to help teachers and group leaders create a collaborative, engaging project for children and youth. The material presented would also be of interest to any adult interested in self-publishing success.
Carey is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Council of the Federation of Literacy Award (2006), the Canada Post Literacy Award for Achievement in Learning (2001), and the Saskatchewan Literacy Award of Merit (1999). She was also nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Her self-published books, written and illustrated by Carey, describes her personal challenges with literacy, My Mummy Couldn’t Read was short-listed for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards Book of the Year. My Dad Couldn’t Read received a Bronze Medal for the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Award in the Reading/Literacy category!
“Her contribution to raising the awareness of literacy is Saskatchewan is helping the province to build a social legacy that will enhance the quality of life in our communities for generations to come.”
“Carey Rigby-Wilcox’s contribution will help many individuals participate more fully in the social, cultural, and economic life of our province.”
“An excellent role model for literacy, who has shared her experience both as a literacy learner and as a literacy volunteer.”
“I have seen Carey engage even the most difficult audiences with her personal story of bravery and perseverance.” Children, youth and adults connect instantly with Carey and her humble, yet determined message, “don’t get caught up in the shame, get help because you are worth it.” It’s people like Carey that lift the veil of discrimination and prejudice to impact life-long change.”
“Carey Rigby-Wilcox is a dynamic story teller, who is very engaging for young audiences. Her interactive approach involves a multi-media presentation, including student participation, that grabs and hold their attention. We enjoyed Carey’s visit with us very much!”
“Carey’s amazing path to becoming a literacy leader is an inspiring and important story about struggle, strength and resilience. The unconventional road which Carey took toward reading and writing prove that the road to becoming a self published author can be achieved through determination, talent, and passion, which is an inspiring and important message for all aspiring authors to hear.”
“Thank you for having the courage to share your story. Dreams do come true. I hope you know how much you inspire us as teachers to ensure our kids are reading and not slipping through. Supportive parents like you make such a difference.”
Former Premier Calvert
Minster of Learning Deb Higgins
Saskatchewan Literacy Commissioner Dr. Margaret Lipp
Fawn Nielsen, President, Hear My Heart Books Inc.
The teachers of Arthur Pechey Public School, Prince Albert
Jolayne Rempel, Principal of Delisle Elementary School