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Family Literacy Week

Our Family Literacy Week campaign raises awareness about the importance of engaging in family literacy activities and the impact it has on the child, family and community. Find out how you can participate in our campaign. Read More

Teachers Learning Code

December 3rd to 10th is Canada Learning Code Week. It’s a week dedicated to learning how to code. Why learn this digital skill? Canada Learning Code believes that all teachers can teach coding. And, to help you get started, they’ve produced Teachers Learning Code Digital Toolbox: Quick Start Guide, a guidebook for K-12 teachers with… Read more

Margaret Sutherland

Executive Director | 604-681-4199 x 419 Margaret has 19 years’ experience working in BC’s literacy field. Her experience includes working as a regional manager (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy), communications manager, literacy outreach coordinator, program facilitator, trainer, event planner and tutor. Prior to taking on this role, whe was Director of Programs and Services at Decoda. This… Read more


Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! This year, Decoda is participating in #GivingTuesday by using donations to provide The Westcoast Reader to literacy programs that do not already receive it. Click here for details.

Take Control of Your Finances

The theme for this last week of Financial Literacy Month is Take control of your finances. The key messages are: It’s never too early or too late to increase your financial understanding, no matter your age or financial situation. Taking control of your finances means taking the time to stop, think, and review your financial… Read more

Fanny Romeyn

Controller | 604-681-4199 x 402 Fanny is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience. Prior to Decoda, she worked at PricewaterhouseCooper as an audit manager, working with a variety of clients, including many non-profit organizations. She joined Decoda because she believes literacy can change people’s lives.  Usually busy raising two teens, Fanny finds… Read more

Gail Hanney

Director, Fund Development | 604-681-4199 x 411 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… Read more

Tina Chau

Librarian, Research and Resources | 604-681-4199 x 406 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… Read more

Benefits of Unstructured Play

Unstructured play, sometimes called free play, allows children the freedom to explore, create and discover without predetermined rules or guidelines. Children choose what to do and how to do it. And, learning happens! The Canadian Public Health Association has created some resources around unstructured play. Here are two of the infographics on the benefits and… Read more

Maureen Kehler

Program Manager | 604-681-4199 x 418 Maureen has worked as a literacy advocate for many years. She was involved in community development and partnership building through her work as a literacy outreach coordinator and in pilot programs for adult learning and ESL in the Fraser Cascade region. Her background in health and employment services has… Read more