Archive for June, 2011

Literacy Committee at Pitt Meadows Farmers Market

June 21st, 2011

Title: Literacy Committee at Pitt Meadows Farmers Market
Location: Spirit Square – 12007 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows
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Description: Join the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee at this exciting Pitt Meadows Farmers Market. Come out and enjoy a day of Shakespeare with Bard at the Market, check out the produce and goods that our local farmers and artisans produce, and visit the literacy booth to explore what literacy is and why it is important. Sure to be a good time for the whole family. See you at the Market!
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2011-07-17
End Time: 15:00

Literacy Day at Haney Farmers Market

June 13th, 2011

Title: Literacy Day at Haney Farmers Market
Location: Haney Farmer Market
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Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2011-05-14
End Time: 14:00

2011 Community & District Literacy Plan Unveiled

June 13th, 2011

June 8th, 2011. Maple Ridge BC.

A short presentation by Jessie Hill, Co-Chair of the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie Community Literacy Committee unveiled the 2011 Community and District Literacy Plan.  “This plan outlines where we’ve been and where we are going” notes Hill.  “It’s been an exciting year for our committee.  We spent the last 12 months re-evaluating the Committee’s role and re-aligning the work we are doing with our vision & mission.  We’ve hired three new Literacy Outreach Workers to help us promote the literacy agenda in the community.”

The Community and District Literacy Plan is a visual reminder of how far the Task Group has come.  It reflects the re-organization and re-vitalization process that the Committee has worked through and celebrates with a clean, new logo and brand.

“Our Literacy Plan not only looks good.  It’s also written in the plain language making it easy for community to read.  This year’s Literacy Plan was designed to be a marketing tool… we want everyone to read it and to learn more about the state of literacy in our communities” comments Hill.

In March 2007, the British Columbia government introduced legislation recognizing the equally significant role that Boards of Education and community organizations play in educating people of all ages.  This legislation required Boards of Education to work with community partners in creating and implementing District Literacy Plans to promote literacy.

While the School District is ultimately responsible for submitting the District Literacy Plan, the compilation of plan involved representatives from a wide range of stakeholder groups.  These included: Fraser Valley Regional Library, Douglas College, Bowman Employment, Corrections BC, SD42, Maple Ridge Historical Society, District of Maple Ridge, Fraser Health, Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, Katzie First Nations, and passionate community members.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) requires District Literacy Plans to be:

  • inclusive of education from early learning through adult learning;
  • collaborative; and,
  • prepared and published annually by July 15th.

Read this year’s Community and District Literacy Plan click here: CDLP 2011

Need more information, contact a Literacy Outreach Worker.

New Role: Libraries & Literacy

June 13th, 2011

Recent changes within the Ministry of Education have resulted in an expanded role for the Public Library Services Branch. One of the most visible changes will be in our name. To better reflect its new responsibilities, PLSB will become Libraries and Literacy.

We will be responsible for provincial literacy objectives, and we will have a renewed emphasis on developing and enhancing complementary and seamless library services for our diverse community of users.  We will have greater involvement with school libraries and the role they play in the Ministry’s personalized learning agenda.  These personalized learning objectives were significant factors in the recent restructuring of the Ministry and are part of the Ministry’s vision for public institutions that support lifelong learning.

Libraries and Literacy will continue to place a strong emphasis on supporting public libraries. We will continue to support the evolution of public libraries so they remain relevant and responsive to community needs. Further strategic planning that consolidates new responsibilities is underway. Our goal is to enhance and build on previous PLSB initiatives.

With a new name and expanded role comes a renewed commitment to deepen ongoing partnerships and relationships, including those with BCLTA, BCLA, the BC Libraries Cooperative and library federations. New partnerships and relationships will also emerge as Libraries and Literacy takes on a broader mandate, but our emphasis on collaborative and collective work will remain the same.

For more information, contact:  Jacqueline van Dyk
Director | Libraries and Literacy | Ministry of Education
Tel: 604-660-7346

Literacy Volunteers Needed.

June 13th, 2011

Volunteers Needed!

Reading Racers 2011 – Grade 1 & 2

School District No. 42 (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows) is once again offering a literacy summer program for grade one and two students.  The program focuses on reading instruction with an emphasis on small group teaching in a fun and motivating atmosphere.  The program is designed so that children should really enjoy their experience and not feel as if it is just an extension of the school year.  We are looking for high school and adult volunteers to help work with these students. The responsibilities would include listening to students read, playing word games with small groups of students, managing home reading programs, and assisting with the supervision of students at recess on the playground.

Locations: Alexander Robinson Elementary and Pitt Meadows Elementary

Dates: July 4th – 28, 2011 (Monday through Thursday)

Time:              8:00am – 12:00pm (consistent half day shifts are available)

To volunteer please download, complete and return the following forms:

For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Anne Hibbeln


Decoda Literacy Solutions

June 13th, 2011

Supporting BC’s Literacy Communities

“Literacy is a key strategy to help solve fundamental societal issues and economic challenges”

June 12, 2011. Maple Ridge, BC.

Earlier this month, Decoda Literacy Solutions, B.C.’s new provincial literacy organization, was launched to a jam packed crowd of supporters, team members and volunteers from across the province during a sponsored reception at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Decoda brings together the work, experience and expertise of two previous literacy organizations. One is Literacy BC, which for two decades has been a key contact point for literacy stakeholders all across the province by offering training, tools and support to those who work in adult literacy. The other is the literacy department of 2010 Legacies Now, which was a not-for-profit organization that successfully leveraged the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to create social legacies in communities throughout British Columbia, including Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Katzie.

“Because literacy affects virtually all parts of our daily lives – from filling a prescription, to going to the bank, training to do a job or knowing how to keep your family safe – it can be argued that it is the single most important key to our social and economic success,” said Brenda Le Clair, CEO of Decoda. “That’s why our goal is to take literacy to the next level in B.C. by expanding our partner base and finding the kind of sustainable funding and support that will allow literacy to move forward.”

To read more about this exciting new development on the Literacy front, check out: or contact a Literacy Outreach Worker.