Swan River Adult Education Inc. is funded by the Province of Manitoba and is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
We are a community-based program with individualized instruction for adults 19 years of age and older.
At Swan River Adult Education, our learners study in a relaxed, informal adult-friendly environment.
Swan River Adult Education operates out of two sites within the Town of Swan River- the main downtown location (Site 1) and a second site (Site 2) located within the Swan River Friendship Centre.


By Mail:
Box 1330
Swan River MB R0L 1Z0
By Phone: (204) 734-9391 (Site 1)
(204) 734-9301 (Site 2)
By Fax: (204) 734-4965
Drop In:
Site 1- 128-5th Ave. N (beside Madoco’s)
Site 2- 1413 Main Street (S.R. Friendship Centre)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Warren's Story

My name is Leonard Warren Houle, I go by Warren.  I am a 46 year old male, married with four children.  Their ages are 14, 5, 4 and 3.  I am of Aboriginal descent and have a status/treaty card under Sandy Bay First Nation.  Growing up, I have lived in Sandy Bay First Nation and Brandon, Manitoba as well as other various places throughout Manitoba.  In the last two years, I have lived on an acreage in the R.M. of Minitonas with my wife and children.

Throughout my life I have learned and practiced our Aboriginal culture.  I have attended and participated in Sundance, Sweat lodge, pipe ceremonies and medicine teachings.  Now from the teachings of our Elders and ceremonies I have been given the rite to conduct Sweat lodge ceremonies and teachings.  My family and I enjoy this way of life and practice it at every opportunity.

In 2002, I obtained my Heavy Duty Mechanics Technician Certificate in Brandon, MB.  I eventually felt that I could contribute more to my community and returned to the Assiniboine Community College in 2005.  I graduated from the Aboriginal Community Development Program and received my diploma in 2007.  I was then employed by the YWCA,(Youth Woman's Christian Association), Meredith Place, which is a half way house for paroles and also a safe home for the mentally handicapped.

I am currently enrolled at the Swan River Adult Education Centre in Swan River, Manitoba.  I am working towards acquiring my Mature Student High School Diploma.  My studies include English, Math, and Science.  I decided to return to school to further my education and to reach my life goals.  I have interest in working for Natural Resources and will be enrolling in the Natural Resource Management Technician Program at the University College of the North in The Pas, Manitoba.  The program starts in 2013 with a graduation year of 2015.  I feel that with my knowledge and experience of this program, I will be able to contribute to society and my community.

Returning to school at SRAE has been challenging buy I have enjoyed it immensely   The instructors have been very helpful in ensuring my successful completion of the program.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Swan River Adult Education Personal Experience

by Cheryl Lunding (written in winter 2011)

When it comes to reasons for attending the Swan River Adult Education centre, mine is a bit of an unusual one.  In the beginning, I went to them not for educational purposes, but for medical rehabilitation.

In recent years, I have been faced with some medical issues which complicate matters, to say the least.  No complaints, many have it worse.  I just needed a way to retrain my brain to be able to handle sensory overload, concentration concerns spatial and balance issues as well as a way to interact with the public on my kind of manageable level.

In the fall of 2009, I was in dire need of a personal challenge, something to focus my mind on in the hopes of improving my overall health.  Most people do not sign up for computer courses or high school credit courses in order to improve their health, well, they're not me.

My years of working at the local newspaper had given me a lot of experience using computers, but I have had no formal training to document on my resume.  After spending some time discussing my needs and the available options with the SRAE staff, I decided to start with the Microsoft Office Certificate courses.

Due to sensory overload issues, I worked in a small, darkened office, ear plugs in and sunglasses on, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the other hard-working students.  Staff and students alike accepted me just as I was; the staff was very sensitive to my needs and offered any assistance necessary to help me meet my goals and made me feel productive, part of the real world once again.  Slowly, I was able to remove the ear plugs, then the sunglasses and eventually rejoin the world in the main education work area.  It was like being reborn and becoming a part of the whole.

As I finished my MS courses, I gained a sense of self-worth, a belief that I could achieve anything, even if I did need more time than someone else, a little extra patience.  The work was worth doing because the prize at the end, me feeling better about myself, me feeling better physically, mentally and emotionally, was well worth the effort.

I love going in to the school, seeing other students striving to meet their own personal goals.  Watching them encourages me to push myself harder, to set higher goals for myself. The students are welcoming and friendly, smart and funny, focused and goal-oriented.  It's great to see and be a part of.

I have continued with my studies at the centre, upgrading some of my high school courses, taking others to meet university entrance requirements.  Despite everything I have been through, and still deal with, I have an aspiration to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, and the Swan River Adult Education Centre is helping me accomplish this goal.  To all the staff and students at the Swan River Adult Education Centre, thank you for your acceptance, help and comradeship, I am greatly enjoying my experiences with you.

To all those out there thinking about finishing high school, upgrading your old skills or learning new ones, I recommend you come see what the Swan River Adult Education Centre can do for you.  You won't regret it.

* update note by administrator- Cheryl is just completing her first year of two in the Licensed Practical Nurse Course.   Way to go Cheryl!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Puppy Walking

On Wed Feb 27, Donna and learners Jackie Becker, Travis Kematch and Robert Spence from the Friendship Center volunteered at the Swan Valley Animal Protection Leaque.  It was a great day for playing and walking the puppies.  Cleaning up the mess left by the puppies-not as much fun.