Our WVALA Team

Karen Garnett

Perth-Andover Adult Learning Centre 

571 Route 190
Carlingford, NB, E7H 4J7
Facilitator: Karen Garnett
Phone: 273-6146


Winner of New Brunswick's 2019

Council of the Federation Literacy Educator Award.

Karen Garnett from our Perth-Andover Adult Learning Centre has been one of our dedicated Instructors delivering exceptional services on behalf of our organization since 2005. She truly loves helping adults in their goals to improve their literacy, both in upgrading literacy skills for personal reasons or in their efforts to get their GED.



Graduated University of Maine in Presque Isle with my teaching degree. Karen graduated from UMPI in 2001 (at the age of 40) as a high school math and science teacher.

As a facilitator for the Perth-Andover Adult Learning Centre she truly loves helping adults reach their goals to improve their literacy, both in upgrading literacy skills for personal reasons or in their efforts to get their GED.


"Seeing the confidence in an adult learner’s eyes when they get their GED is the best feeling of all. I have had many adult learners win provincial writing competitions and other prestigious literacy awards. Also, many of my GED graduates have gone to college to further their education or have secured full time jobs. This is the ultimate reward for me. As I tell my adult learners, Your success is my success!”

Susan Howard

Tobique Adult Learning Centre
13100 Route 105
Tobique First Nation, NB E7H 3Y4
Facilitator: Susan Howard
Phone : 273-0552

Susan, a Maliseet woman from the Tobique First Nation, is the academic facilitator at the Tobique Adult Learning Centre. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Maine along with her teacher’s certification for teaching in secondary schools. She has worked in the field of education for over 20 years, including national First Nations education policy and program development as well as mentoring at-risk Aboriginal youth and teens, and teaching/tutoring both youth and adults. Susan has four daughters, two of which are also in the education field, and two grandsons. Her personal philosophy is, “Life is a lesson; we all have the ability to learn.” 

She is passionate about helping her community members make an educational plan and reach their goals. 

She believes if you can dream it,

you can achieve it.  

Bev Haines

Bath Adult Learning Centre
163 B Church St
Bath, NB E7J 1A7
Facilitator: Bev Haines
Phone: 278-5710

A former GED Graduate who completed the GED program and received her diploma in 1977. Completed the Adult Education Diploma through UNB while working in the Adult Learning Program.

Obtained a Microcomputer Business Certificate at Eastern Business College.

Believes that everyone has a right to an education, regardless if it is through our school system, or adult diploma program

or through GED. Our adult learning program gives our students a chance to better their lives starting with getting their GED.
"The adult learning program is a first step

for our students getting a better job,

going on to College, or in some cases even on to University."

18 years experience with the Adult Learning Program, and has seen many changes for the betterment of our program and giving our best to the students. The best thing about working with students is their different personalities and their experiences.

"My classroom is very open, friendly, and we all share the things that happen in our lives.
You can see their confidence grow with each exam they complete. Seeing their expressions and joy of accomplishments when they receive their diploma is the most rewarding thing about working with my students.  Graduation Day is the ultimate acknowledgement for our students."



Joanne McIsaac

Woodstock Adult Learning Centre
100 Broadway St
Woodstock, NB E7M 5C5
Facilitator: Joanne McIsaac
Phone: 328-4779


Joanne McIsaac, National Inclusive Education Award Recipient for 2020

Joanne firmly believes education has the power to change lives. As a GED instructor, Joanne sees the best in everyone, helping all students to realize their potential. She is an educator who goes above and beyond.





Adult educator with 10+ years experience

in finance and 20+ years

facilitating adult education

It was after teaching at a high school alternate learning center that I decided

I wanted to help students who left high school prior to finishing. I liked the one on one instruction and individualized lesson plans that our programs offered. 

When not teaching GED, I tutor college trades and business math for NBCC and privately.


I believe in life long learning and that

“one is never too old to dream a new dream, or set a new goal.”

Maria Donovan

Nackawic Adult Learning Centre
29 Landegger Dr
Nackawic, NB E6G 1E6
Facilitator: Maria Donovan
Phone: 575-4974


Ancient proverbs say  "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." My journey began with obtaining my high school equivalency.  I later went on to successfully complete the Human Services Counsellor program at New Brunswick Community College in Woodstock and worked in human services for over ten years. I went on to achieve a Bachelor of Arts from St Thomas University, and in 2007 I earned my Bachelor of Education degree at 40 years old.  

I have experience teaching all grades(pre-k-12) in the public school system both here at home supply teaching up and down the St John River Valley, as well as in Alberta where I spent two years with the Fort McMurray Catholic School District and one year with Calgary Catholic School District. I have experience in adult education having taught the Human Services and Early Childhood Education program at NBCC Woodstock and taught Workplace Essential Skills.

   I am proof that it's never too late to learn and pursue your dreams. One of the hardest steps to take is the first one.




Position Available

Digital Literacy Facilitator
571 Route 190
Carlingford, NB E7H 4J7
Phone: 273-0972



Contact Us Today!

Western Valley Adult Learning Association, Inc.

571 Route 190
Carlingford, NB

E7H 4J7

Phone: 1-844-34 WVALA

E-mail: admin@wvala.ca

To inquire about a specific

class please contact the

instructor directly or the

Program Manager.

Perth-Andover Head Office


Program Manager

Carol McLaughlin

Western Valley Adult Learning Association 
571 Route 190
Carlingford, NB, E7H 4J7
Tel: 273-6177
Fax: 273-6178

Toll-Free: 1-844-34-WVALA (98252)


Western Valley Adult Learning Association  Inc. (WVALA)


Working with community partners to provide learning opportunities for adults to upgrade their academic workplace skills.


Board Members

Theresa Thomas - President

Francine St.Amand - Vice President 

Charlotte Moorcraft - Treasurer 

Margaret Johnson - Secretary

Diana Wasson - Director

Ann Bunker - Director

Robin Stanley - Director

Kelly DesRoches - Director     

Dawn Spilman - Associate Member

Kelcy Kuhn - Associate Member


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