Author: Jessica Kalman

Family Literacy Week – January 23-30 2022


The City of Fort St. John, along with the Province of British Columbia has proclaimed Family Literacy Week 2022 in Fort St. John and BC from January 23rd to January 30th. The week includes ABC Life Literacy Canada’s Family Literacy Day on January 27th.

Decoda Literacy Solutions and its partner organizations across BC, such as the Fort St. John Literacy Society will celebrate throughout the week.

This year’s theme, “Let’s Connect!”, encourages families to connect and learn and play together.

Families are children’s first and most important teachers. When families connect, they build strong relationships, create trust, and support children’s social, emotional and physical health.

Provincial Family Literacy Week 2022 activities include:

Local Family Literacy Week activities include:

  • Book Scavenger Hunt and Park Exploration:  Each day from January 23-30th a clue and photo will be posted on our Facebook page, which will allow you to use your super detective skill to find a package of books and goodies.  Don’t forget to post a photo of the found package so we know it made it home safely.  While you’re there, be sure to check out all the fun equipment available at the many parks in Fort St. John.
  • StoryWalk: Thanks to the City of Fort St. John Recreation, there will be a StoryWalk at Matthews Park from Jan 17-30. Featuring the book All Right Already – A Snowy Story by Jory John and Benji Davies
  • Literacy in the Kitchen – Meal Prep Edition:
    We are excited to be teaming up with Beccalicious Cooking again to offer a FREE and interactive virtual Literacy in the Kitchen workshop: Meal Prep Edition.
    This 1.5 hr(ish) meal prep class is an overview of how to create some ease into our busy days!
    We will prep our veggies for the week, cook up our protein and carbs and use lots of fresh herbs and spices to make a simply delicious meal!
    A bundle of goodies, the Zoom link, shopping list and recipes will all be provided!
    This meal prep class is not intended for that nights dinner!

  • Financial Literacy – How to Teach Your Kids About Money:
    This workshop helps with the goals and challenges of raising money-smart kids.
    -obtain information and tips to raise kids who are financially independent and responsible
    -better understand the challenges of raising money-smart kids
    -learn how to address age-appropriate money-related topics with young kids, pre-teens, teenagers and emerging adults
    This is a FREE event, however please ensure you register as the Zoom link will only be sent to registered participants.

  • Community Safety/Fire Prevention Live: The Fort St. John Fire Department for hosting a fire prevention/community safety live video on January 27th from 12:30pm-1:00pm
  • Family Tree Activity Sheets: One great way to connect to your family and recognize all the things we can be grateful for is through the activity sheets found Here

Hiring for Settlement Language Support Worker

The Fort St. John Literacy is seeking dynamic and energetic part time Settlement Language Support Worker.  The successful candidate will be facilitating a weekly conversation circle to strengthen English skills, with a focus on community connections and life in Canada; assessing the needs of immigrants who are studying English as a second language; responsible for lesson plan creation and development of learner-based curriculum; assisting learners with onboarding to virtual service delivery; and all necessary reporting of the above tasks.

Position requirements:

  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate preferred or experience in teaching English as a Second Language
  • Two years in a teaching environment, preferably with adults
  • Certificate in Canadian Language Benchmark levels would be an asset
  • PBLA (Portfolio Based Language Assessment) experience would be an asset
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Great oral and written communication
  • Self motivation and excellent team work skills
  • Ability to work independently and be flexible

Terms of employment:

  • 12 hours a week
  • Competitive wages.

How to apply:


2021 Annual General Meeting

Date: Tuesday December 7, 2020

Time: 6.00 pm

Where: Zoom meeting

What: Annual general meeting, presentation of financials, election of directors of the Board, membership only.


 R.S.V.P.: Please email Jessica Kalman at


Sock It To Literacy

Help us “Sock it to Literacy!”
Thanks to Blue Sky Clothing Co. $1 from every pair of socks sold goes to local literacy programs.
We have a selection of socks available:
Ladies dress sock -purple
Men’s dress sock – purple
Ladies wool sock – purple
Men’s wool sock – purple
Ladies active sock – charcoal
Men’s active sock – charcoal
Little ones wool sock 0-12 month – purple
Little ones wool sock 12-24 month – purple
Little ones wool sock children – purple
Ladies and men’s wool socks are $6.99 a pair and all the rest are $4.99 a pair.
Please email or message our page to purchase socks and help us fund local literacy programming

Young Adult Book Club

We are super excited to announce that our monthly Young Adult Book Club is starting back up again!! Just in time for Literacy Month! #LiteracyConnectsUs #LiteracyMatters

Happy Literacy Month

September is Literacy Month in BC!
#PutOnYourPurple and enter our #LiteracyConnectsUs colouring contest for all ages (individual & class prizes!), play virtual trivia and buy literacy socks to support literacy in BC!
This year’s theme is “Literacy connects us!” and all month long we’ll be highlighting ways that “At home, at work and in the community, literacy connects us.”
#LiteracyConnectsUs #Contest #VirtualTriviaChallenge #LiteracyMonth2021


Donation from Microtel Inn and Suites Supports Imagination Library

Thank you to Leroy and his team at Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham Fort St. John for their donation to our Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s book program!! To date Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort St John has donated $6,500 towards this program which has allowed us to distribute 1830 books to children in our community!! #LiteracyConnectsUs #FosterLiteracy #LiteracyMatters

Tourmaline Oil Corp supports early literacy in Fort St. John!

We would like to extend a BIG Thank YOU to Tourmaline Oil Corp. for their recent donation towards our Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s book program!! This funding will provide 422 books to children aged 0-5 in our community!!
Did you know that we currently have 894 children enrolled to receive a book a month through this program!!

Fort St. John Co-Op Association Supports Imagination Library

We would like to extend a big Thank YOU to the Fort St. John Co-Op Association for their continued support of literacy in our community!  This donation will go towards our Dolly Parton Imagination Library children’s book program.

This program aims to make a lasting change in the lives of children, and to give every child in the community an equal chance for a brighter future through not only the development of literacy skills, but by strengthening family bonds through the sharing of the stories. Children between the ages 0-5 in our area are eligible to receive a book a month until their 5th birthday, giving the potential of a 60 book library by the time they are 5.

To date we have been able to distribute over 22,000 books to our community and are so thankful to all those who have answered our call and helped us keep this program alive!!

Enrollment forms can be found at the Fort St. John Literacy Society’s office and website. Alternatively, parents can enroll their children online at:

Upcoming Financial Literacy Workshops

Join us for some FREE upcoming financial literacy workshops:

May 5th – Know Your Money: Get a better understanding of how to be a good money manager while on a low income.  To register please visit here

May 10th – Ten Healthy Habits of Financial Management: How to become better money managers. To register please visit here

May 20th – Stretching Into Savings: Learn how to develop a budget and set savings goals while on a low income. To register please visit here

We would like to thank CPA Canada for providing the workshop materials and Julie Ziebart for volunteering her time to facilitate!




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