Decoda Literacy Solutions’ 2023 year-in-review

In 2023, we developed a strategy for our path forward, shared training opportunities and success stories, and provided new resources to support literacy programs and organizations in more than 400 BC communities.

January: Family Literacy Week celebrated

Two children are counting coins.
The 2023 Family Literacy Week theme was Make it Count!

February: reconciliation and storytelling training shared

March: community organizations inspired

An adult is laughing with two children.
Literacy carnival at Vancouver Public Library.

April: writing tips shared

A group of people standing together at the Vancouver Sun Run 2023.
Decoda staff at the 2023 Vancouver Sun Run.

May: mothers, teachers and our path forward celebrated

Two people are displaying materials at a table, the tablecloth says Decoda Literacy Solutions
Showcasing The Westcoast Reader and Decoda Library at the BC TEAL conference.

June: Indigenous history celebrated

July: new employee welcomed

August: adult literacy supported

September is Literacy Month

Team CBC won the 2023 Team Trivia Challenge!
  • The September is Literacy Month campaign raised awareness and funds for the literacy program across the province. Congrats to Team CBC on winning the Team Trivia Challenge! Thanks to all our corporate sponsors and individual donors, we raised over $45,000. See our list of Literacy Month supporters.
  • RBC and Motorola staff volunteered their time to help assemble literacy program materials.
  • We shared success stories in PACE Fund reduces barriers to learning and Innovative solutions for rural learners.
  • In addition to regular yearly funding, the Province provided a one-time boost of $1 million to Decoda Literacy Solutions to grow our community programs and provide enhanced training for literacy outreach coordinators and tutors, so we can help more learners.
  • The B.C. government also donated $500,000 to the Postmedia Raise-a-Reader campaign, which supports literacy by increasing awareness and raising money to fund community-based programs throughout British Columbia.
  • Decoda hosted a professional development workshop to support organizations implementing IPALS (Parents as Literacy Supporters in Immigrant Communities) programs.
  • On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Decoda staff shared 15 Staff Book Picks for Truth and Reconciliation.
Staff book picks for Truth and Reconciliation.

October: new tools developed

  • We awarded the Literacy Month photo contest winners.
  • We developed a new database for adult literacy practitioners to guide practice and generate reports for funders.

November: training opportunities

  • We provided three training webinars: Digital Literacy Connect4Work Train the Trainer, Adult Literacy Database Training and Adult Literacy Benchmarks webinar.
  • We introduced the Decoda Literacy Library and The Westcoast Reader to employees at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel Wellness Fair.

December: AGM, Board changes and Annual Report

  • We held our annual AGM and said farewell to Board Chair Dr. Valerie Overgaard and Board Director Leslie Landell; and welcomed Dr. Ralf St. Clair as the new Board Chair and three new board members: Eunice Bantok, Tracy Defoe and Lynn Green.
  • We published our 2022-23 Annual Report with highlights of the August 2022 – July 2023 program season.
  • We completed the final phase of our Displaced Workers project.

Throughout the year

Planning 2024…

3 photos of people sitting at tables at a conference.
Decoda Literacy Conference 2024: Literacy – The Ripple Effect

Our impact

  • 400 communities supported in British Columbia
  • 56,761 youth and children engaged in community-based literacy programs
  • 44,164 adults and seniors engaged in improving their or their children’s literacy skills

Your support makes a difference

None of our work would be possible without assistance from government funders, corporate partners, private foundations and individual donors.

To renew your support in 2024, donate today!

We look forward to another year of growth, impact and shared successes. Thank you for being part of our journey.

About us

Decoda Literacy Solutions is BC’s provincial literacy organization. We support community-based literacy programs and initiatives in over 400 communities across BC by providing resources, training and funds.

Our work supports children and families, youth, adults, Indigenous and immigrant communities to help build strong individuals, strong families and strong communities.

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