The Decoder – May 2018

Spring is the season of hope and anticipation. At Decoda Literacy, we are filled with a sense of hope and renewal as we chart our strategic plan for the next three years. We have reviewed the Decoda Community Reports submitted by Literacy Outreach Coordinators throughout the province, as well as considered the thoughts and ideas provided by a number of our key funding partners. Our Board of Directors and staff have had in-depth discussions about Decoda’s direction and our work over the next three years. Our Board will finalize our strategic direction in the weeks ahead and staff will build our operational plan based on this direction and the information we will gather through this year’s Decoda Community Report. You can expect to hear more about our plans in the September issue of The Decoder.

May brings the celebration of mothers … and a reminder that learning is powerful when it is embraced in a multi-generational way.  To help celebrate your mother or another special woman in your life, consider sending her one of our new E-cards.

Did you know the Decoda Literacy Library, operated by our librarian Tina Chau, loans materials free throughout BC? We appreciate all donors that help us purchase resources for the library and today we wish to say a special “Thank You” to the R.R. Smith Community Fund! Its donation will enable us to add more STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) resources to our library collection in 2018.

Finally, I wish to recognize the contribution of retiring Decoda Literacy staff member, Patty Bossort. Patty has made a large contribution to the BC literacy landscape for many years and in a variety of roles. A few years ago when Decoda had the opportunity to take on the publication of The Westcoast Reader, Patty joined the Decoda staff as editor of The Westcoast Reader. She has done a marvelous job establishing The Westcoast Reader with Decoda and expanding the newspaper’s offerings to include “extras’ such as our 2017 BC Election Supplement. Decoda staff members Margaret Sutherland and Gail Hanney have taken on co-editor roles for The Westcoast Reader and look forward to building on Patty’s great work. We all wish Patty a long and happy retirement … we know she will enjoy the opportunity to spend more time in her lovely garden!

We hope that during the spring and summer months ahead, your life will be enriched by engaging in multi-generational opportunities to read, play and grow together!

Jacquie Taylor

Executive Director