Literacy matters to me … Gwen’s story

When Gwen came to Canada from China in 1954, she was 22 years old. She was a young mother who needed to support her family. Gwen worked long hours at a diner in Kitsilano. There was no time to take courses and learn how to read in English. It wasn’t until the 1990’s, when she… Read more

Decoda Library during COVID-19 

Tina Chau is Decoda’s librarian. We asked her how the Decoda Library is operating in the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what she had to say:  Like other libraries, the Decoda Library has closed its doors temporarily due to COVID-19. Library borrowers have been asked to hold on to their loans until we reopen. But, the library continues operating remotely.  What is the library doing remotely?  Decoda Library continues to connect people with the resources they need to… Read more

Linking Food and Literacy

Houston Link to Learning uses food programming as a great way to teach literacy skills and to provide food for families. Like many organizations we are really concerned about our vulnerable learners during the COVID-19 crisis. Many of the programs and places they go to access food are shut down except for the food bank.  During… Read more

A New Way to Learn

The Partners program is a one-to-one adult tutoring program in Surrey, BC. When the pandemic started, we wondered how to help the  tutor / learner pairs in our program move from face-to-face tutoring to remote tutoring.  We recognized that each learner has a unique home situation. Each learner has a different stress level. Many have lost jobs or have children at home. We needed to modify what can be done. If pairs decide to take a break, tutors still stay in touch with their learners. This… Read more


We know that reading with children is one of the most valuable things we can do as parents, grandparents and caregivers. Children learn about the world around them, learn to solve problems and develop their own values through the stories we read with them. But, as children spend more time on tablets and other devices,… Read more

Celebrating the power of literacy: Paulina’s story

The Westcoast Reader has a new website! Paulina Mason’s picture is on the new website. Paulina invited us to share her story – she wants to encourage others to get the help they need to develop their skills. Paulina was born in an orphanage in Bulgaria. Her development was delayed. She was malnourished and spent… Read more

IPALS: Eden’s story

Eden’s family came to Canada a year ago as refugees from Eritrea. They had experienced hardship and trauma before coming to Canada. Eden was concerned how Melaher, her four-year-old-daughter, would adapt to learning in a new country. She was looking for ways to support her daughter when she heard about Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – Thank you donors!

Thank you to all our supporters who donated to help more literacy programs receive The Westcoast Reader, a monthly newspaper for learners. Over $2,000 was raised! We are currently fulfilling subscription applications from programs in need. If you know of a program that would benefit from The Westcoast Reader, please send us an email…. Read more

Empowering young people for the jobs of tomorrow

Through Future Launch, RBC has generously donated $25,000 to the Fostering Literacy program. Thanks to RBC, 32 high school students in BC will be paid to tutor children who struggle with reading. For many it is their first practical work experience. Meet Destiny Speck: Fostering Literacy Tutor A year ago, Destiny wasn’t sure what career… Read more