About

Literacy Now Burnaby

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Literacy Now Burnaby is a task group whose members are working in partnership with community groups and organizations to build and enhance literacy services, programs, and networks in Burnaby.

Our mission is to collaboratively identify literacy needs in Burnaby, to encourage community efforts to add literacy components to current programs, and to create new literacy initiatives where needed.

Literacy Now curates a list of organizations providing literacy programs in Burnaby. The locations at which these organizations provide their services are displayed in this map.

One of our activities is the distribution of books donated by various charitable programs such as First Book Canada‘s Book Bank and The Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation‘s Read On Canada!. With a team of dedicated volunteers, we are actively carrying out this role in various locations such as the Burnaby Neighbourhood House’s hubs and other community spaces in Burnaby.

In addition, our website provides learning resources and blogs to help improve the literacy of our readers in key areas affecting Canadians today. Our online outreach program includes Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please follow us to find out more.

Community groups and individuals interested in furthering literacy in Burnaby are welcomed to attend our regular task group meetings and events. Please contact us to find out more.

The steward organization of Literacy Now Burnaby and the literacy outreach coordinator is the Burnaby Neighbourhood House.

Literacy Now Burnaby is located on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples.

Burnaby Literacy Task Group

Antonia Beck (Burnaby Neighbourhood House)

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Rajeeta Samala (Burnaby Neighbourhood House)

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Beth Davies (Burnaby Public Library)

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Brandon Curr (Burnaby School District (SD41))

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Sheri Brattston (Burnaby School District (SD41))

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Richard Harvey (Frontier College)

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Lukas Park (Literacy Now Burnaby)

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Julie Tadd (Maywood Community School)

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Suzanne Smythe (Simon Fraser University)

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Barb Kalashnikov (WorkBC)

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Supporting Organizations

ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a national organization created to inspire Canadians to increase their literacy skills. ABC Life connects and mobilizes business, unions, government, communities and individuals to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life.

Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation

The Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation is the only national charity dedicated exclusively to children’s early literacy. It raises awareness of the importance of early literacy, promotes and develops children’s literacy initiatives, champions literacy partners, and empowers people to build literacy skills in their homes and communities. One of its campaigns called Read On Canada! supports reading advocates and food bank partners from across the country, working to get books and reading resources to children. They’re distributing books in communities across Canada through food banks with organizations like Literacy Now Burnaby.

Decoda Literacy Solutions

Decoda Literacy Solutions is B.C.’s provincial literacy organization. Decoda is committed to being a vehicle for individual and community change; a catalyst for a culture of literacy and learning for people of all ages, children, youth, adults or seniors. With a coordinated network of 102 task groups in 400 B.C. communities, they work with government, business and community organizations to achieve local literacy goals to build resilient communities, successful individuals and sustainable businesses. They respond to community needs, emerging trends and government priorities.

First Book Canada

First Book Canada’s mission is to transform the lives of children in need by improving access to educational opportunities. Through a market-driven model, First Book Canada is creating equal access to quality education – making everything from brand new, high-quality books and educational resources, to winter coats, backpacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 10,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. First Book Canada members work in classrooms, after school and summer or early childhood programs, shelters and health clinics, libraries, community programs, and other settings serving a majority of children in need. Since 2009, First Book Canada has distributed more than 7 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in Canada. First Book Canada currently reaches hundreds of thousands of children every year.

Frontier College

Frontier College is a Canadian literacy organization established in 1899 by Alfred Fitzpatrick. Founded as the Reading Camp Association, Frontier College aims to improve literacy levels in Canada by providing education to those who seek assistance with their learning and have been overlooked or left behind by the formal educational system. Frontier College runs a myriad of English-language and French-language literacy programs for children, youth and adults in many places across Canada such as community centres, shelters, farms and prisons. It was renamed Frontier College in 1919.

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is one of UNESCO’s key education-related institutes and is the only organizational unit in the UN family that holds a global mandate for lifelong learning. Taking a holistic and integrated, inter-sectoral and cross-sectoral approach to lifelong learning as the guiding paradigm for 21st century education, UIL promotes and supports lifelong learning with a focus on adult learning, continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education. Its activities place particular emphasis on furthering educational equity for disadvantaged groups and in the countries most afflicted by poverty and conflict.