Decoda’s 10th Anniversary

Ten women standing in front of a Decoda sign. The original Decoda staff. Back row, left to right: Diana Twiss, Lori Walker, Sara Falcone, Melinda Johnston, Leona Gadsby, Brenda Le Clair, Niki Penz. Front row, left to right: Deborah Dragon, Tina Chau, Fiona Morrison. Absent: Fanny Romeyn.
10 Years Strong!

This year, Decoda celebrates its 10th anniversary as BC’s provincial literacy organization. We are so grateful to all those who are a part of our story. We couldn’t have done it without you! Our next chapter is about to be written. Let’s write it together.

We begin by inviting you to help us celebrate.

Here’s what you can do:

Poster explaining the instructions to enter the contest (same as text on page)It’s our Birthday!

Help us celebrate by entering our #TopTen4Literacy contest!

  1. Share your top 10 book list with us.
  2. Write or print your list. Take a photo. Or get creative and take a photo of book covers or spines.
  3. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #TopTen4Literacy, or submit to contest@decoda.ca.

Read the official rules for the contest.

The deadline for entry is May 31, 2021.

Participate in the Good Things Come in 10s fundraising campaign by:

  • Donating a gift amount x 10 years ($3 x 10 years = $30).
  • Becoming a 400 Club monthly donor with a gift of $10 per month.
  • Making it fun. Challenge yourself to run 10 km, walk 10 blocks, read 10 books, or lose 10 pounds. Then, ask friends and family for encouragement by making a gift to Decoda.

Give Today

Letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

10 Years Strong

May 30 2011

Decoda launches

Launch invitation

It’s official! Decoda Literacy is the new provincial literacy organization in BC as Literacy BC & 2010 Legacies Now hold a launch event at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
 

6 women and 1 man stand together

Decoda’s first board chair, Donna Wilson (centre) stands with founding board member, Pamela Martin (left). Thank you to all our founding board members: Catherine Roome, Pommashea Noel-Bentley and Greg Lee.

 

Ten women standing in front of a Decoda sign

Decoda’s first staff team is led by Brenda Le Clair, Executive Director (2nd from right).

November 26 2012

First AGM

Man and woman sit at a conference table talking.

The 1st Annual General Meeting is held as we welcome new Board Members: Hiromi Matsui, John McLaughlin (left) and Linda K. Robertson (right).

November 30 2012

Incorporation

Man signing documents.

The Decoda Literacy Foundation becomes a CRA registered charity.

November 30 2012

Adult Literacy Database

Adult Literacy Database guidebook cover

Decoda pilot tests the Adult Literacy Database with BC literacy programs. 

September 24 2013

Raise-a-Reader

A man and a woman stand side by side wearing Raise A Reader t-shirts.

Since 2011, Decoda Literacy has proudly supported the Postmedia Raise-a-Reader Campaign. Brenda Le Clair, executive director, stands with Harold Munro, Editor in Chief, Vancouver Sun and Province.

November 21 2013

First Conference

Three women standing together.

The first Decoda Literacy Conference is held at the Radisson Airport Hotel bringing together BC’s provincial literacy network for two days of interactive, dynamic and informative learning sessions. Melissa Woodward (left) stands beside Joan Exley (centre) and Lisa Bjarnason (right).

September 3 2014

First Literacy Month

A group of people dancing in a courtyard.

The 1st annual Literacy Month in September kicks off with a flash mob dance.

September 10 2014

Literacy Month reception

Three women standing at a table.

Decoda hosts guests at a reception at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to celebrate Literacy Month. Keri Adams of CTV News (left) stands with Brenda Le Clair (centre) and Darcy Marquardt, Olympic Silver Medalist (right).

September 28 2014

First Team Trivia Challenge

Four women and one man stand at a table wearing red devil horns.

The Decoda Devils staff team takes on the competition at the 1st annual Literacy Month Team Trivia Challenge at the Butcher & Bullock.

November 1 2014

New publication

Decoda publishes A British Columbia Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Plan.

Cover of the document.

January 24 2015

First Family Literacy Week in BC

What's on my plate activity sheet for Family Literacy Week

Decoda and its partner organizations annually celebrate Family Literacy Week as proclaimed by the Government of BC.

September 8 2015

Literacy Month

Crowd stands in front of Vancouver City Hall holding purple "Literacy is Life" banner

Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaims Literacy Month in September with a flag raising ceremony at Vancouver City Hall.

September 8 2015

Sock it to Literacy

Two women stand holding a large cheque.

The annual “Sock it to Literacy” purple sock is launched by Blue Sky Clothing helping to raise $42,000 to date to support literacy programs in BC. Marilyn Cobban (left) presents a cheque to Diana Twiss.

September 15 2015

Micro-Credentials

Micro-Credentials

Decoda begins a project to develop open digital badges for learners and literacy practitioners to display their unique skills, knowledge and experience.

February 26 2016

The Westcoast Reader

Group of six people holding the Westcoast Reader

Decoda becomes the new publisher of The Westcoast Reader in partnership with Camosun College, and financial assistance from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

June 30 2016

Fostering Literacy

A teenager helps a child read a book.

With generous support from Brit Insurance and Maria Marina Foundation, the three-year Fostering Literacy pilot project is launched to provide one-to-one tutoring to school-age children who struggle with reading.

August 6 2016

RBC volunteers

A group of people hold a "literacy is life" flag

RBC volunteers are just one example of the outstanding support given by RBC — a total of $120,000 in grants to support literacy work in BC!

September 27 2016

Team Trivia Challenge

CBC's Dan Burritt reads from a paper while holding a microphone.

CBC’s Dan Burritt hosts the Team Trivia Challenge. Since 2015, CBC Vancouver has been the exclusive broadcast media sponsor of Literacy Month.

November 16 2016

PACE Bursary

Two women stand side by side in a library

In partnership with Vancouver Foundation, Decoda helps award funds through the PACE Bursary to support students with short-term needs such as transportation, childcare, books, food security or other costs.

December 31 2016

Jacquie Taylor is Decoda’s new ED

A woman stands at a podium holding a microphone. A banner hangs in the background.

Jacquie Taylor (past Chair of the Board) becomes Decoda’s new Executive Director as we wish Brenda Le Clair a happy retirement and thank her for her leadership and guidance.

January 1 2017

The 400 club

Graphic saying, "Your invitation to join The 400 Club."

The 400 Club for monthly donors is launched to reflect the 400 communities Decoda supports each year.

November 1 2017

Third Conference

Man stands on a stage holding a microphone.

Dr. Ralf St. Clair speaks at the third biennial Decoda Literacy Conference in Vancouver.

September 1 2018

Margaret Sutherland is Decoda’s new ED

Three ladies stand together wearing purple hats, novelty glasses and leis.

Margaret Sutherland (right) becomes the new Executive Director as we wish Jacquie Taylor a happy retirement and thank her for her dedicated service.

February 12 2019

Displaced Workers Project

A man in a truck gives a woman an thumbs up

Decoda embarks on a three-year research project with the federal government in support of displaced workers in Canada.

January 1 2020

A milestone for IPALS

Three children and one adult construct a craft at a table.

IPALS (Immigrant Parents as Literacy Supporters) reaches a new milestone with 19 sites welcoming over 3000 immigrant and refugee families by providing a play-based, bilingual family literacy program that helps prepare children for school in Canada.

May 1 2020

Literacy Matters more than ever!

Poster with laptop and people in a Zoom meeting.

Decoda partners with Literacy Outreach Coordinators on the Literacy Matters more than ever! matching gift campaign to provide emergency funds during COVID-19.  In September, the Team Trivia Challenge goes virtual welcoming teams from across BC.

December 7 2020

AGM

Photo collage of headshots of the Board of Directors for Decoda.

Members of the 2020/2021 Decoda Board attend the AGM.

 

Top row:  Leslie Landell, Diana Twiss, Dr. Val Overgaard (chair), Grace Kuo.  Second Row: Dr. Ralf St. Clair, Anne Cooper (past chair) and Pat Campbell.

January 11 2021

Tina retires from library

Two women stand behind a table full of books.

Tina Chau retires from the Decoda Literacy Library after 10 years of helping thousands of library users borrow from a collection of over 5,000 literacy resources.

February 9 2021

New website launch

Screenshot of the Decoda homepage.

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, Decoda refreshes its logo and unveils its new website.

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Aadhya Dhungana from BC wrote on May 7, 2021
HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY DECODA! Cheers to your past glorious achievements. All the best for many years to come.
HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY DECODA! Cheers to your past glorious achievements. All the best for many years to come.
Lori Campbell from Bella Coola Valley wrote on May 6, 2021
Happy Birthday, Decoda! Congratulations on an incredibly productive decade! Thank you for all your support and leadership over the years. We're proud to be part of an amazing network that you've played such an important role in developing. We look forward to the next 10 years!
Happy Birthday, Decoda! Congratulations on an incredibly productive decade! Thank you for all your support and leadership over the years. We're proud to be part of an amazing network that you've played such an important role in developing. We look forward to the next 10 years!
Valerie Overgaard from North Vancouver wrote on May 6, 2021
Congratulations to everyone who has been part of building this exceptional organization!
Congratulations to everyone who has been part of building this exceptional organization!
Colleen Yamamoto on behalf of the AESGT from Vancouver, BC wrote on May 6, 2021
Congratulations on reaching a decade of reaching out to people in BC about literacy and essential skills! Our team remembers your first visit with us when you just started. You helped us learn about your library and how to sign out materials to assist us in our work in community settings. It was a tremendous help at the time. We are very proud of the work you do and are thankful you are here to support us!
Congratulations on reaching a decade of reaching out to people in BC about literacy and essential skills! Our team remembers your first visit with us when you just started. You helped us learn about your library and how to sign out materials to assist us in our work in community settings. It was a tremendous help at the time. We are very proud of the work you do and are thankful you are here to support us!
Kim Chung from Edmonton wrote on May 5, 2021
Congratulations Decoda!! The Centre for Family Literacy thanks you for all the work you do in literacy and family literacy! We have enjoyed working with you and are looking forward to working with you for another 10 years!
Congratulations Decoda!! The Centre for Family Literacy thanks you for all the work you do in literacy and family literacy! We have enjoyed working with you and are looking forward to working with you for another 10 years!
Janice Bexson from Vancouver wrote on May 5, 2021
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House fully appreciates all the hard work and innovation that Decoda Literacy Solutions contributes to communities. Wishing you the very best as you celebrate your 10th Anniversary!
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House fully appreciates all the hard work and innovation that Decoda Literacy Solutions contributes to communities. Wishing you the very best as you celebrate your 10th Anniversary!
Allison Alder from Nelson wrote on May 4, 2021
Dear Decoda Team, Thank you for your tireless support of literacy learners and practitioners all over BC. Your work makes a difference! YOU make a difference!! With sincere gratitude, Allison Alder, BOD chair Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
Dear Decoda Team, Thank you for your tireless support of literacy learners and practitioners all over BC. Your work makes a difference! YOU make a difference!! With sincere gratitude, Allison Alder, BOD chair Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy
Michele Mobley from Dawson Creek wrote on May 4, 2021
Happy Birthday Decoda! Thank you for 10 years of support and dedication to literacy, in every corner of our province. I have enjoyed and appreciated all of the learning and networking opportunities over the last 10 years and look forward to the next 10 years!
Happy Birthday Decoda! Thank you for 10 years of support and dedication to literacy, in every corner of our province. I have enjoyed and appreciated all of the learning and networking opportunities over the last 10 years and look forward to the next 10 years!
Neda Alexandrova from Abbotaford wrote on May 4, 2021
Happy Birthday Decoda! Thank you for all you do. I can't wait for the next IPALS season to start. ♥️♥️♥️
Happy Birthday Decoda! Thank you for all you do. I can't wait for the next IPALS season to start. ♥️♥️♥️
Jacquie Taylor from Abbotsford wrote on May 4, 2021
Congratulations Decoda! Imagine all the people that have been supported by Decoda and the literacy outreach network over the past 10 years! It will be exciting to see how Decoda grows over the next 10 years! I am proud of my Decoda connections and so pleased to see the organization thrive. Happy Birthday!!
Congratulations Decoda! Imagine all the people that have been supported by Decoda and the literacy outreach network over the past 10 years! It will be exciting to see how Decoda grows over the next 10 years! I am proud of my Decoda connections and so pleased to see the organization thrive. Happy Birthday!!
Judith Friesen from Fort St. James wrote on May 4, 2021
Fort St. James has appreciated all the Decoda has contributed to our community these past years. Thank you so much!
Fort St. James has appreciated all the Decoda has contributed to our community these past years. Thank you so much!
Anna Jordan from Calgary wrote on May 4, 2021
Congratulations on ten years! It is great seeing all the work you have done, and I am excited to see where you go in the future. Thank you for all that you do!
Congratulations on ten years! It is great seeing all the work you have done, and I am excited to see where you go in the future. Thank you for all that you do!
Kat Eddy from CAMPBELL RIVER wrote on May 4, 2021
Thank you to the team both past and present at Decoda for supporting the local work of literacy practitioners throughout the province. You have taken what began as an idea and helped to build it into a legacy of learning for all British Columbians to access.
Thank you to the team both past and present at Decoda for supporting the local work of literacy practitioners throughout the province. You have taken what began as an idea and helped to build it into a legacy of learning for all British Columbians to access.
Devesh Dhungana from Surrey wrote on May 4, 2021
Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! Wishing you all the best and continued success in the years ahead.
Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! Wishing you all the best and continued success in the years ahead.
Carrie Lundgren from Nanaimo wrote on May 4, 2021
Congratulations on your 10 years! I've only been aware or your amazing work the last 4 years and I am truly amazed at the information and supplies that are available for our community. I enjoy every update and learn every day. Thanks for allowing me to travel down the road with you. On to the next 10 years!
Congratulations on your 10 years! I've only been aware or your amazing work the last 4 years and I am truly amazed at the information and supplies that are available for our community. I enjoy every update and learn every day. Thanks for allowing me to travel down the road with you. On to the next 10 years!
Lynda Sampson from Lillooet wrote on May 4, 2021
I am honoured to have been involved with Decoda and with it's predecessor. I have enjoyed conferences, workshops, training, and the opportunity to connect in many different ways with those who are working in the literacy field in BC. I have always had my questions answered and felt very supported by Decoda staff. (special thank you to Tina) Thank you, thank you, thank you, and Happy Birthday!
I am honoured to have been involved with Decoda and with it's predecessor. I have enjoyed conferences, workshops, training, and the opportunity to connect in many different ways with those who are working in the literacy field in BC. I have always had my questions answered and felt very supported by Decoda staff. (special thank you to Tina) Thank you, thank you, thank you, and Happy Birthday!
Ruth Cooper from South Hazelton wrote on May 3, 2021
Congratulations! 10 years is a long haul. Here's to at least 10 more. The Hazeltons have truly benefited from the programs, training, grants and awareness pieces Decoda has shared with us all. THANK YOU!
Congratulations! 10 years is a long haul. Here's to at least 10 more. The Hazeltons have truly benefited from the programs, training, grants and awareness pieces Decoda has shared with us all. THANK YOU!
Sandra Eix from Vancouver wrote on May 3, 2021
We're so proud to have worked with Decoda for.... has it really been 10 years? Congratulations! I wear my purple socks with joy.
We're so proud to have worked with Decoda for.... has it really been 10 years? Congratulations! I wear my purple socks with joy.
Angela van den Byllaardt from Vancouver wrote on May 3, 2021
Congratulations on your quest these past 10 years. Wishing you continued success with this worthy mission of improving the quality of many lives and giving hope for the day to lives of many.
Congratulations on your quest these past 10 years. Wishing you continued success with this worthy mission of improving the quality of many lives and giving hope for the day to lives of many.
Pat Marilley-Bodner from Vancouver wrote on May 3, 2021
Congratulations on 10 years! Thank you for all the work you do supporting our community members and community providers. Love your workshops!
Congratulations on 10 years! Thank you for all the work you do supporting our community members and community providers. Love your workshops!