Success starts with our team
The staff team at Decoda Literacy Solutions is made up of a diverse group of knowledgeable professionals who are exceptional in their fields and who have committed themselves to building a culture of community-based literacy and learning.
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Executive Director | 604-681-4199
Jacquie began teaching in the BC public education system in 1974. It was as superintendent in School District #33 (Chilliwack) that she came to understand the value of reaching out to the broader learning community and sharing spaces with community-based programs. In 2007, she joined the Ministry of Education as Superintendent of Literacy, tasked with assisting school districts in understanding their role and responsibilities in connection with community literacy resources. As Executive Director of Decoda Literacy Solutions, she continues to work in projects involving leadership, literacy, and community engagement.
Controller | 604-681-4199 x402
Fanny is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience. Prior to Decoda, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an audit manager working with a variety of clients, including many non-profit organizations. She joined Decoda because she believes that literacy can change and improve people’s lives. Usually busy raising two teens, Fanny finds time to volunteer around the Vancouver area.
Director, Fund Development | 604-681-4199 x411
Gail joins Decoda with more than 20 years of experience as a professional fundraiser. Prior to Decoda, she worked with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and the BC SPCA. Gail provides fundraising expertise in direct mail, online giving, major gifts, foundation grants, monthly and planned giving. She believes literacy is a fundamental human right and the key to reducing poverty.
Director, Adult and Workplace Learning | 604-681-4199 x408
Diana has worked in adult literacy since 1993. She helps businesses, government departments and community groups to create successful training programs and a vision for sustainability by examining approaches to workplace learning and engaging in research and literacy reviews. Diana has been the Director of Literacy Development at Literacy BC and is a faculty member in the Community Development and Outreach department at Capilano University.
Program Manager, Community and Literacy Development | 604-681-4199 x419
Margaret has worked in the literacy field since 1999. Prior to Decoda, she worked for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy as an adult literacy program coordinator and facilitator, literacy outreach coordinator and regional program manager.
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ― Cicero
Program Manager, Community and Literacy Development | 604-681-4199 x418
Maureen has worked as a literacy advocate for many years. She was involved in community development and partnership building through her work as Literacy Outreach Coordinator and in pilot programs for Adult Learning and ESL in the Fraser Cascade region. Her background in Health and Employment Services provided the context within which she has taught in a variety of environments and gained facilitating experience. She feels that she is most in her element when she is out in the elements.
Program Manager | 604-681-4199 x413
Aliza brings a range of expertise to Decoda: non-formal education, early learning, community development, volunteer management, research, and journalism. Previously, she worked in Nepal for UNESCO implementing various projects on comprehensive adult literacy, gender equality, and early childhood education. She has also worked with DIVERSEcity, ECEBC, and Lions Clubs International, and is a recipient of the Excellence Award of Appreciation commendable leadership and community service.
Librarian, Research and Resources | 604-681-4199 x406
Tina brings a background in library technology, family studies, and home economics to her work at the Decoda Literacy Library. Since 2008, she has been connecting literacy practitioners to the resources they need. A firm believer in the power of literacy, she is particularly pleased to be using her teaching, research and library experience in an organization that helps make a difference.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss