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.