International Women’s Day – March 8, 2015


Women hold signs and protest.                                                       Photo by Les Bazso/The Province

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 2
On this day, people celebrate women’s equality
around the world.

Did you know that of the G20 countries,
Canada is rated the best country for women?
Germany is rated second;
Britain third;
Australia fourth;
France fifth and the U.S. sixth.

Saudi Arabia is rated eighteenth
and India is nineteenth.

Want to read a story in honour of this day? “Policewoman”

Olga, “Super Senior”

Olga Kotelko holds a trophy. / (Photo: Arlen Redekop / The Vancouver Sun)

Olga Kotelko holds a trophy.
Photo by Arlen Redekop/The Vancouver Sun

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 1

Listen to the story Olga, ‘Super Senior'”
– Level 1 Reading by: Jessica Heafey

Olga Kotelko had an interesting life.
She was born on a farm.
Alone, she raised two children.
Later, she became a school teacher.
For 30 years, she taught in Burnaby, B.C.

Olga retires
It is 1984. Olga retires.
She does yoga. She swims.
She gardens. She plays Sudoku.

Then her life changes
In 1996, Olga tries track and field.
She is 77 years old!
She runs. She jumps. She throws.
Soon, Olga starts to compete.
She travels around the world.
She wins 750 gold medals.
“Your age is just a number,” she says.

In 2014, a man wrote a book about Olga.
The book is called What Makes Olga Run?

Olga died on June 24, 2014.
She was 95 years old.
Olga was a “Super Senior” with a super life.

Dorothy Arey, a champion for 23 years

Dorothy Arey, at her retirement in 2010. Photo courtesy of Philipe Morin.

Dorothy Arey, at her retirement in 2010.
(Photo courtesy of Philipe Morin.)

Level 3
Adapted from the CBC website

For 23 years, Dorothy Arey was
a CBC radio announcer-operator.
She worked in a town called Inuvik,
which is in the western Canadian Arctic,
in Canada’s North.

Arey helped people keep in touch.
The main language in Inuvik is English.
But Arey was a champion
of her own language, Inuvialuktun.
Only about 400 people
still speak Inuvialuktun.
Some people in the area
also speak Gwich’in.
The CBC broadcasts an hour a day
in these two local languages.
Radio programs in their own language
help people feel connected.
They hear what’s happening
in the community.

Listen to the story “Dorothy Arey, a champion for 23 years” – Level 3 
Click the link for more about Dorothy Arey.
See a photo gallery.
Read the vocabulary list.

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