September Literacy Month

A group of people in 3 rows, the front row is kneeling. The people are holding purple props.
September is Literacy Month in British Columbia!

Each September, Decoda leads a province-wide awareness and fundraising campaign to celebrate Literacy Month.

The campaign highlights the importance of literacy and raises funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives across BC.

Our theme is “Literacy: The Ripple Effect”

Improved literacy skills have a ripple effect, helping to improve quality of life at home, at work and in the community.

You can be a part of Literacy Month by:

  • joining activities in your community
  • taking part in our ​Team Trivia Challenge
  • buying socks through our Socks for literacy! campaign
  • entering the #LiteracyRippleEffect contest
  • asking your town to proclaim Literacy Month
  • asking a civic or corporate business to light up in purple on September 8 to celebrate International Literacy Day

Learn more about literacy in BC

Literacy Matters Fact Sheet

Literacy Impact Stories

Team CBC. 2023 Team Trivia Challenge winners.

Join the Team Trivia Challenge!

Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Donnellan’s Irish Pub 

1082 Granville Street, Vancouver

To register your team, contact Gail Hanney at

Socks for Literacy! PosterBuy merino wool socks online from our partner Blue Sky Clothing or at one of its nine BC stores.

$1 from every pair goes to support local literacy programs!

Our “Socks for literacy!” campaign helps make sure children and families, youth, adults and seniors have the literacy skills they need at home, at work and in the community.

Thank you to Blue Sky Clothing for supporting literacy in BC!

Read the story of Blue Sky Clothing Co owner Marilyn Cobban’s journey to success and why she supports literacy.

Stay tuned for details on the 2024 Literacy Month Contest.

Social media graphics and post ideas coming soon.

2023 Corporate and Community Partners

Presenting Partner

First West credit union and subsidiary logos

Community Supporter

Corporate Partners

Financial Literacy Partner

Exclusive Broadcast Media Partner

Corporate Donors

Happier I.T.

Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel

Community Donor

Keith & Betty Beedie Foundation

Gift-in-kind Donors

Lights of Purple

For more information about Literacy Month contact Gail Hanney at