Chathuri Dammalage

CR Literacy has something for everyone

Campbell River Literacy’s mission is to raise awareness of literacy issues in the community

“A drop of ink makes thousands think. If you’ve learned to read, you can learn to succeed”. – Unknown

Campbell River Literacy’s mission is to raise awareness of literacy issues in the community. For example, did you know that more than one in four adults struggle with reading and writing.

At the Campbell River Literacy Association they have five programs, which contribute to learning. These are: Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP), the English as a Second Language (ESL) Settlement Assistance Program, English Practice Group, Youth ESL Program, and the Computer Literacy Program. Last school year, the association aided 169 learners with the assistance of 92 volunteer tutors. They rely on their community volunteers to assist learners in meeting their literacy goals.

“We want to make the learning environment fun and a relaxed fun place to come. If you like meeting with your tutor for help, you are likely to continue. That is why we do lots of fun activities, games and field trips,”  said Julina Spetch, ESL Program coordinator.

All of their programs are learner centered based on a one-on-one tutoring model, which means they tailor programs to fit the literacy needs of each individual. Learners are paired with their own volunteer tutor who works one on one with them. There is no cost for any of their programs. Enrollment for programs is year round. If you are interested in improving your reading, writing, basic math or pronunciation, contact them for more information. Programs run during the day and in the evening to meet each person’s individual needs.

“It is important to recognize that knowing how to read and write impacts our everyday life. Nearly half of all Canadians struggle with some part of  Literacy. When some of our learners come to us, they are not able to read such things as bus schedules, street signs or many other things that we take for granted,” said Sherry Bujold, Adult Literacy Program Coordinator.

They are always looking for more student and more volunteer tutors.

Many people do not want help with literacy issues because they are ashamed, this is more normal then you expect.

“The issue of Literacy is a very embarrassing topic for some people. They have spent their entire lives hiding the fact that they can’t read,”  said at Eddy, Outreach Literacy Coordinator.

If you or someone you know needs help or if you are interested in volunteering visit or drop by the office Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at A121A – 740 Robron Road, Campbell River or call 250 923 1275 or e-mail