Rebecca Loucks has been a very active learner with Good Learning Anywhere as well as other organizations. Her mentor knows for a fact that she has been enrolled in a Kenjgewin Teg program and her local Peterborough Native Learning Centre and Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre. Rebecca loves the Adobe Connect live courses and the opportunity to virtually connect with others across the province as due to her health she has been very isolated due to the pandemic stay-at-home orders.  Communicating is a very important part of being a successful online learner.  Rebecca demonstrates this skill often as she informs her mentor when she is unable to make a live course and ensures she has access to recordings in order to finish her classes.  She has completed an impressive 9 classes since first enrolling, and this is on top of the programs/workshops she is completing with other organizations.  Great work Rebecca!

My name is Rebecca Loucks and I am a 52-year-old woman from Curve Lake First Nation, who resides in Peterborough.  I am a traditional dancer, hand drum singer, crafter, water walker, and Elder helper.  I love to learn all things related to Anishnaabe culture and enjoy hobbies of photography and creative writing. 

How did you first hear about online learning with Good Learning Anywhere?

On Facebook through the Peterborough Native Learning Program posting about language class with Barbara Nolan with Good Learning Anywhere.  I actually missed the course the first time I saw it but found interesting courses to take until I got to take the course when it was offered the second time.

Did you have any struggles during your learning? If so, how did you overcome them?

Only with the technology at times but I  really enjoyed the classes I have taken.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about starting to improve their skills?

Just go for it because you never know what you can learn until you try.  You are never too old to enjoy learning.

What is your greatest achievement? Or what accomplishment are you most proud of?

Taking the 3-part Anishnaabemowin course with Barbara Nolan.  It’s such an important part of me to continue learning our language and culture.

What are your goals for the future?

To inspire those who feel that they cannot accomplish things later in life.  Also to help the Anishnaabe people however I can.

Is there anyone you would like to thank for supporting you on this journey?

Yes, I would like to thank Good Learning Anywhere for all their encouragement and help with the programs.  To my Elders and traditional knowledge holders who inspire me to be a kind, good person in this life.  My loving family for their endless support and love.

Is there anything else you would like to share with people about winning this award?

To keep working toward accomplishing goals day by day and they too can achieve success in learning.