Success starts with our team
The staff team at Decoda Literacy Solutions is made up of a diverse group of professionals who are committed to building a culture of community-based literacy and learning in BC.
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, she was Director of Programs and Services at Decoda. This varied experience has given her an understanding and love for community literacy work.
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 time to volunteer around the Vancouver area.
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 a fundamental human right and the key to reducing poverty.
Heather brings decades of experience in training, government relations and community outreach to her position as the Director, Adult and Workplace Learning. Educated as a biologist, Heather created science programs for adult learners at UBC Continuing Studies. Following that, she worked for the BC Government to bring training programs to forest workers and Indigenous communities throughout the province. Eventually her career path took her into public service. Heather was elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2002 and City Council in 2005. After five terms in office, including years as Vancouver Public Library Trustee, she is thrilled to join the Decoda team.
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 using her teaching, research and library experience in an organization that helps make a difference.
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 provided the context for teaching and gaining experience in a variety of environments. She feels that she is most in her element when she is out in the elements.
Program Manager | 604-681-4199 x 413
Aliza brings a range of expertise to Decoda, including 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 for commendable leadership and community service.
Program Manager | 604-681-4199 x 401Marci began her work in adult literacy in 1993. Her background includes facilitation, program coordination, community development and curriculum development. Her early years in the field were spent teaching in a correctional facility in the north, which deepened her understanding of the impact of limited literacy and essential skills. Prior to joining the team at Decoda she was a program coordinator with the Chilliwack Learning Society. Marci currently shares her time with the Community Development and Outreach Department at Capilano University.
Felisha has a background in adult English education and Canadian literature studies. She understands how The Westcoast Reader (WCR) helps learners feel connected to their communities, their country and the English language. Felisha feels honoured to work with such an important and well-loved resource. In addition to her work with the WCR, Felisha spends her evenings helping newcomers to Canada thrive in their communities. She is also pursuing her BEd.
Database Administrator | 604-681-4199 x 408
Christie has a background in fundraising and information management. She understands the importance of a non-profits’ ability to report on complex datasets in a way that is meaningful for all stakeholders and is thrilled to bring her experience to Decoda. Christie always has a volunteer gig going on the side. In fact, before becoming an employee at Decoda, she was a volunteer. She is honoured to be a part of the team and to be engaged in working towards a BC where everyone has the literacy skills they need to be successful.
Kimberley has over 20 years’ experience working in Language and Literacy, much of it as an ESL Instructor both in Canada and abroad. Additionally, she is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the arts and culture. Her experiences travelling, writing, and teaching make writing for The Westcoast Reader an ideal position for her; she believes reading and literature can transform lives.
Natasha joins the Decoda team with over 10 years of non-profit work experience in administration. Prior to Decoda, Natasha worked with Coast Mental Health, Frontier College and Lu’ma Native Housing Society. At Frontier College she got to witness firsthand how literacy combined with a safe space can foster community and confidence amongst youth. When she is not working, Natasha can be found chasing her active toddler around one of the city’s many playgrounds. Natasha believes literacy is the building block to success in life and is thrilled to be working with Decoda.