The Decoder – May 2019

A message from Margaret, Executive Director

It’s true that mothers like to nurture. My favourite way to spend Mother’s Day is working in my garden and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

At Decoda Literacy, I’ve met so many great women and men who nurture literacy in their communities.

In this issue of The Decoder, we’re highlighting Fostering Literacy and IPALS. These two programs demonstrate the strength of Decoda and the literacy network to work together to deliver consistent literacy programming across BC. The proof of success is in the number of communities asking to implement these programs.

On that note, I would be so grateful if you could donate today!  On behalf of the moms who benefit from Fostering Literacy, we really need your help to run the program in the 2019/2020 school year.

This spring, we’ve added more expertise to our Decoda Team. I’m pleased to welcome Heather Deal, our new Director, Adult and Workplace Education. Many of you may recognize her name. Heather served as a Vancouver City Councillor from 2005-2018. What you may not know about Heather is that she has a background in education and developing adult education programs. Welcome aboard Heather!

I’m delighted to welcome Natasha Loh as Office Administrator. Natasha brings a wealth of non profit experience and a passion for literacy. We are thrilled she is joining us.

At the end of June, we will say goodbye to Carolyn Moi. Carolyn was assistant editor to The Westcoast Reader for two years.  We can’t thank Carolyn enough for her amazing contribution to the publication in support of learners in BC. We wish her all the best.

This spring, we are also planting the seeds for fall activities.

Planning is underway for Literacy Month in September. Every year, the celebration gets bigger, raising awareness and funds for literacy. Decoda will host the Decoda Literacy Conference 2019: Literacy for a Better BC, November 21-22 in Richmond, BC.

It gives me pleasure to share all this good news with you – generously made possible thanks to people like you.

On behalf of the Board and staff at Decoda, thank you for making literacy a priority in BC.

Happy Mother’s Day!


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