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Alaina Roach O'Keefe

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I work as research administrator and co-ordinator for Dr. Timmons at UPEI. I have completed my Bachelor of Education and am currently pursuing a Masters in Applied Health Services Research. I have over six years of experience in research involving children, including two years with rural and Aboriginal family literacy (FL) in Atlantic Canada, led by Dr. Timmons.
I currently oversee all of the Vice-president Academic Development’s research projects at UPEI and coordinate research involving rural and Aboriginal family literacy programs: delivering, facilitating and training for family literacy programs, and working with community organizations and schools [i.e. advisory committee, Family Literacy Network,and the Children’s Health Applied Research Team (CHART)].

I am currently the new Chair of the Student Network Executive for the Canadian Language and Literacy Network, and I serve as Vice President for the Learning Disabilities Association chapter in PEI.

My research interests are Child Health and Literacy, Family Literacy, Intergenerational literacy, Child and adolescent health/ nutrition, health and safety, Aboriginal health and literacy, Inclusion, and Educational Pscyhology.

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The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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