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

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

Learning Together

One of the wonderful things about community-based literacy programs is the flexibility to create programs that suit the needs of the community and its members. In some programs people of different ages learn together. These intergenerational literacy programs are held in communities across BC. In ONE TO ONE and Fostering Literacy programs across the province,… Read more

Donor Spotlight: RBC provides a “lift” to Syrian families attending literacy programs

This year, 38 Syrian parents and 76 children new to B.C. will have an easier time accessing IPALS (Immigrant Parents As Literacy Supporters) programs thanks to RBC.  A grant of $9,800 will help pay for bus fare, session materials and snacks for families attending literacy programs in Vancouver and Langley. In addition, 25 Syrian adults… Read more

Ambassador Group Empowers People Through Technology

Imagine living on a fixed or very limited income, with little technological knowledge, and being completely unable to access important resources like e-government. This is a reality for many residents in communities such as the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. In our fast-paced world, lack of access to technology is a growing issue, as more and… Read more

Selling Jewellery for Literacy

Interested in fundraising for your local community literacy program? Here’s the story of someone who held a jewellery fundraiser for literacy! Pat Campbell, who has been involved in community-based literacy programs for more than 30 years, explains a creative fundraising idea that resulted in supporting literacy by many residents of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia…. Read more

Program Spotlight: Love 2 Learn

Love 2 Learn is a family literacy program that was developed in Nelson, BC. The program brings children 3-5, parents and caregivers, and schools together so that families become comfortable in the school environment, and so parents and caregivers further encourage their child’s learning.  When you think of a “family literacy program,” do you automatically… Read more

LOC Spotlight: Applying Lessons Learned from an Early Age

 “There is a clear link between developing all of our literacies and changing our lives for the better and without community literacy we lose a valuable community building and learning resource.” Sharnelle Jenkins, one of 102 Literacy Outreach Coordinators (LOCs) in B.C., shows poise and presence beyond her 24 years. Her passion for literacy, vibrancy,… Read more

Caring for her community…

Kailey Erickson did not set out to be a Literacy Outreach Coordinator (LOC) – in fact, she went to school so she could work in a museum. But Kailey’s passion for her community and for community development led the energetic university grad straight to community-based literacy. As the LOC for the district of Langley, Kailey’s… Read more