A message from Brenda Le Clair, CEO

A message from Brenda Le Clair, CEO

A message from Brenda Le Clair, CEO

Date posted: June 17, 2016

Our colleague, Leona Gadsby, Lead Director of Programs and Services, will be retiring at the end of June, 2016.

Leona has been instrumental in the work of educational and community-based literacy organizations across British Columbia for nearly forty years. She has worked countless hours to ensure that more people have the literacy skills they need. Her work to develop capacity in communities for literacy delivery has changed the social and educational landscape in our province.

Leona began instructing adult literacy and English as a Second Language in 1978. Since then, she has worked with schools, post-secondary institutions, federal and provincial governments, communities and non-profit organizations to support literacy development for people of all ages. Prior to working with Decoda, she was the Director of Community and Adult Literacy at one of our predecessors, 2010 Literacy Now, and led organizations such as the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) in the BC Interior.

Her lifelong commitment to the literacy community, and her strong presence in the field, will be missed by her colleagues at Decoda, and by many members of the community literacy network both in British Columbia and across the country.  Her work has proven invaluable to this diverse network.

We thank Leona for her tireless work and the difference this work has made in the evolution of the community-based literacy field, and wish her all the very best in this new and exciting phase of her life.

If you’d like to leave a message to wish Leona well, please email us at info@decoda.ca.


Brenda Le Clair




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