Our mission is to collaboratively identify literacy needs in Burnaby, BC, to encourage community efforts to add literacy components to current programs, and to create new literacy initiatives where needed, because literacy is the foundation of any new knowledge that enables citizens to live a good life.
“We want to raise the profile of literacy, because when everyone knows about the importance of literacy, people with low literacy are no longer stigmatized. Because if everyone has a high level of literacy (including critical thinking, media literacy, health literacy, physical literacy, digital literacy, etc), we are better prepared to tackle the challenges and problem of this world, like hunger, war, and poverty – and every person will be able to live a good life. This is why we’re giving out books, because we want every child to become strong literate individuals. And why we edit documents for clear language, because we want all learning materials to be accessible and equitable. And why we support multilingualism and multiculturalism, because we want everyone to have a positive cultural identity.”Lukas Park, Literacy Outreach Coordinator
The Literacy Now Burnaby Partnership
Literacy Now Burnaby is a task group whose members are working in partnership with nonprofit, educational and governmental organizations to build and enhance literacy services, programs, and networks in Burnaby.
The steward organization of Literacy Now Burnaby and the literacy outreach coordinator is the Burnaby Neighbourhood House.
What We Do
Raising the profile of literacy through public outreach is one of the primary goals of our organization.
We liaise with community, governmental and nonprofit organizations to seek opportunities to enhance literacy initiatives in Burnaby.
We regularly host clear language and design (CLAD) workshops conducted by experts in the field for the members of Burnaby’s inter-agency council and other nonprofit organizations in order to improve their ability to engage with their audience.
We promote and provide outreach assistance for partner organizations providing literacy programs in Burnaby, such as the Burnaby Neighbourhood House, Frontier College and the Burnaby Early Childhood Development Table.
Our website and social media pages provide literacy related resources with the goal of raising the profile of literacy and literacy related programs.
Let’s Work Together
Community groups and individuals interested in furthering literacy in Burnaby are welcomed to attend our regular task group meetings and events. Please contact us.