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Community and District Literacy Plan Highlights

June 12th, 2014

The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Literacy Committee (CLC) focuses its efforts on improving literacy outcomes in our community by increasing services to adult learners through collaboration while increasing awareness of literacy in our community.  Over the past three years, the CLC has achieved many positive outcomes and built a solid foundation for future literacy initiatives.

The attached Community and District Literacy Plan highlights some of our successes, identifies some challenges and lays out the direction of the Committee for 2014-15.  The Literacy plans defines the work that the Committee and the Literacy Outreach Workers will do in the coming 12 months. 


Assessing Progress and Re-Charting Direction

July 2nd, 2013

Want to know what the Literacy Committee accomplished in 2012? or interested in learning more about the barriers and challenges the group faced and overcome? Then be sure to read the 2012- 2013 Community and District Literacy Plan.  Not only does this plan look at what has happened in the past year, where progress has been made; it also clearly lays out where the Committee (and it’s contractors) will focus their attention in the coming year.

“In essence, the Community and District Literacy Plan is our report card on the previous year and our roadmap for the coming 12 months” comments Angie McLeod, Literacy Outreach Worker.  “The Literacy Plan helps us communicate the strategic priorities that our members, partners, and the community tell us is important.”  The Community Literacy Plan is not an internal document; it is the result of actively surveying community and committee members and partner groups.  Once the feedback is received the Committee then uses this information to guide their own Strategic Planning to more clearly define priorities for the coming year.

“Ensuring that the community has a say in where we are going, what is working in the community and what isn’t, and how we are focusing our energy is essential to our success” notes McLeod.  “By the time the Literacy Plan is forwarded on to the Ministry of Education, it’s been reviewed by the Committee, the Community Network and our local Board of Education.”

To learn more about the Literacy Plan, contact us.




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.

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.