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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 wcr@decoda.ca…. Read more

Together to Learn: Helping parents to succeed

Together to Learn is a family literacy program that helps parents to upgrade courses while their children are being minded. The program is a partnership between Kootenay Family Place, Selkirk College and Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL). As well as providing upgrading and childminding, the program offers family literacy opportunities and hosts guest speakers… 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

Full STEAM Ahead!

The Decoda Literacy Library is adding more STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) resources to its collection in 2018. Thanks to a generous grant of $2,000 from R.R. Smith Community Fund, we will be able to update and expand STEAM resources available to family literacy practitioners, early learning professionals, teachers and parents. The Decoda… 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

The Atlin Boys Cook-Book Club

“I can’t believe we get to cook and eat it!” This is just one of the many appreciative comments from the boys of the Atlin Boys’ Cook-Book Club. The club was started by Trudy Ewing, Atlin’s Literacy Outreach Coordinator. Trudy said “It used to be a girls’ book club, but as the girls moved away… 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

Mother’s Story: Without the schooling I was stuck

Samantha Bilokraly was a stay at home mom for five years. She wanted to start a career, get out of the house and make her family a two-income household. She says, “It is hard to live off one income and daycare is so expensive. Without the schooling I was stuck.” This year, Samantha began attending… Read more

My Place is Here

I came to Canada last summer. This was a good season to be here because the weather was warm (too warm sometimes!) and that made the transition from my country to Canada easier. After a while, I realized that even if I felt like being on a long vacation, it was difficult for me to… Read more

The Time I Overcame a Difficult Time

I remember the time I overcame a difficult time adapting to the weather and language.  In order to adapt I wore jackets every day and I got my daughter to help me practice. I remember the time I was new to Canada and my older daughter wanted to go back to our country. I remember… Read more