Community Stories Archive

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

Quietly Making a Big Difference

 “Connecting people with the resources they need to succeed in life drives me to do this job! I can’t imagine anyone not having the tools they need to succeed in life. That is why community-based literacy is so important!” Sharon Crowley’s passion for her community is undeniable. For over 30 years she’s been serving the… Read more

Creating change in the Kootenays…

“I understand what it feels like to struggle with reading and lack confidence in your own learning. That makes my commitment to helping people grow as Learners all the stronger.” Joan Exley started out as a volunteer adult tutor 15 years ago and has since become an influential member within the community-based literacy landscape in British… Read more

Born to Teach, Inspired to Act

“We’re here to support people who want to achieve their literacy goals.”  Meet Barb Mancell, a Literacy Outreach Coordinator. As a school teacher for 34 years, Barb Mancell understands the importance of literacy gained through formal education.  Find out more about how Barb realized and understood the importance of community-based literacy… As a school teacher… Read more

Community Partnerships Make it Possible

Alana Murdoch, literacy outreach coordinator for Castlegar, says “collaboration and community partnerships allow organizations to offer services in the community that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.” “Often young parents just need a little help getting started and they’re off!” says Murdoch. A case in point is the adult basic education program offered at Kootenay Family Place in Castlegar…. Read more