Victoria Day is on May 18


A statue of Queen Victoria
Photo by Peter Battistoni/The Vancouver Sun

Victoria ruled the United Kingdom (UK) from 1837 to 1901.
She was also the queen of Canada.

Victoria was born on May 24, 1819.
She became Queen on June 20, 1837.
She ruled until her death, on January 22, 1901.
Victoria is the longest-reigning monarch
in UK history.

Victoria Day is celebrated the Monday before May 25.
This day is a public holiday in Canada.
Some people call this holiday the “May long weekend”.

Five interesting facts about Queen Victoria:

  • Victoria became queen at age 18.
  • She was only 152 cm tall.
  • Victoria asked Prince Albert to become her husband.
    He was her cousin. They had a loving marriage.
    After he died, she always wore black.
  • She had nine children,
    40 grand-children and 37 great-grandchildren.
  • Queen Victoria could speak several languages,
    including Urdu and Hindustani.

Every voice matters

Every voice matters
Deaf and hard of hearing children find their voices.
Adapted from the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC
by Nancy Carson
Level 2


Children learn to listen and speak
at the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of B.C.
Photo courtesy of CHSC

In 1968, a mother visits a doctor.
Her tiny son cannot hear well.
The doctor says the boy
will never speak clearly.
At 14 months old, the child gets
his first hearing aids.
Now people say the doctor was wrong.

Family looks for options
Later, the mother hears about a new centre.
This centre opened in 1963.
The family is very happy.
They are one of the first families
in the new program.

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Kim Phuc is coming to Vancouver


Kim Phuc with her son Thomas on his first birthday
Photo by Anne Bayin

Submitted by Jennifer Pearson Terell
Chair, TEAL Charitable Foundation

Kim Phuc is coming
to Vancouver, B.C. in May 2015.
Kim will be a keynote speaker
at the 2015 B.C. Teachers of English
as an Additional Language (TEAL) conference.

She will speak to teachers
about her life as a refugee
and as an immigrant. Continue reading