Our Programs - North Shore

  • Queen Mary Family Literacy Program

    Partners: St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Queen Mary Elementary School, North Vancouver City Library, North Shore Multicultural Society, and North Shore Neighbourhood House 

    Funders: Lower Lonsdale Legacies Fund, City of North Vancouver/Raise a Reader Fund

    This intergenerational program in the Lower Lonsdale area delivers learner-centered adult literacy and family literacy programming to the parents, grandparents and care givers of Queen Mary Elementary School students. Its goal is to provide opportunities for participants to be more involved in their community, to support their children’s learning, and to improve their ability to access services. The program helps the caregivers improve their literacy skills. Eight trained volunteer tutors work with close to 20 participants (adults and pre-school age children) on a one-to-one basis or in small group settings. Partners actively participate in the development of programming for participants. The program runs from October to June.

    Lower Lonsdale Literacy Outreach Program

    Partners: North Shore Neighbourhood House & John Braithwaite Community Centre

    Funders: Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) through Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP)

    The Lower Lonsdale Literacy Outreach Program is a community-based program that uses a learner−centred approach to creating accessible literacy opportunities for low income adults living in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood of North Vancouver. This program runs from September to June during which time learners work with trained volunteer tutors once a week on a one-to-one basis or in small group settings. Outcomes include 15 trained active tutors contributing to their community by providing weekly literacy support to close to 40 literacy learners.  Outreach activities include computer classes for low income housing residents, health literacy and help for WorkBC clients.

    Literacy Now North Shore

    Partners: School Districts 44 & 45, North Shore Neighbourhood House, John Braithwaite Community Centre, North Shore Multicultural Society, West Vancouver Memorial Library. North Vancouver City Library. North Vancouver District Library, Ts’leil-Waututh  Nation, Squamish Nation Eslha7an Education and Training Centre

    Funders: Decoda Literacy Solutions

    As the steward of this funding, Capilano University hires a Literacy Outreach Coordinator (LOC) to partner and work with community stakeholders to meet a vision of a fully literate North Shore with accessible learning opportunities for all.  A Community Literacy Plan is developed and updated annually to guide the activities of the LOC and community partners and collaborators. Since 2007, this committee has been involved in helping develop literacy programs including the Queen Mary Family Literacy Program and the Eslha7an Literacy Programs (see descriptions), has allocated Raise A Reader funds provided through Decoda Literacy Solutions for a range of family literacy programs throughout the North Shore, has undertaken initiatives in aboriginal health literacy curriculum development, and has been active in public events to raise awareness around literacy issues, to mention some of the work of the committee.

    Esla7an Learning Centre

    Partner: Squamish Nation

    The Eslha7an Centre offers education and training to members of the Squamish Nation and other Aboriginal people living on the North Shore. Capilano has partnered with Eslha7an to develop an ABE program with a First Nations focus that provides literacy, math and computer skills. Unlike other programs at Eslha7an, it is open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners in need of a literacy program equivalent to Grade 9 or less. This will help to address the gap in basic education which has opened since Capilano’s Fundamental ABE and school board programs for adults were shut down on the North Shore. Successful learners can move into high school programs, workplace training courses and employment opportunities in the community. Launched in September 2015, the program runs from September to June.