Planning to continue taking online courses at the local online learning centre
When Barbara Lyle’s husband was ill and passed away, she returned to school. At 61 years of age, she finally completed her high school diploma and also discovered the vast number of online courses she could take. With the support of staff at the Contact North | Contact Nord online learning centre in Madoc, she enrolled in Good Learning Anywhere – Sioux Hudson Literacy Council’s online Introduction to Online Learning course.
“I wanted to upgrade my computer skills and figure out ways to make some money,” she explains. “Not a lot of work out there for 60-year-old women.” Unfortunately, she never was able to find a job, however, continued with online courses.
Barbara managed many life challenges. She supported family members with both physical and mental health challenges and spent 20 years caring for her daughter who was mentally and physically challenged due to an accident as a teenager. Then caring for her disabled husband before he passed.
Due to financial challenges, she moved between Havelock, Bowmanville and Port Hope but she appreciates being able to connect with staff at the online learning centres in those communities. She herself dealt with serious health issues and continued taking online courses. Without Internet at home, she used the computers and high-speed Internet available at the online learning centres.
Barbara completed 20 LearningHUB courses, 25 PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise courses and 10 Good Learning Anywhere – Sioux Hudson Literacy Council courses and received their Lois Gray Award for Achievement.
At 68 years of age now, Barbara is not looking for work but enjoying the opportunity to go into the local online learning centre and connect to online courses.