Author: Jessica Kalman

September is Literacy Month!

Did you know that September is Literacy Month?? Check out our Literacy Month calendar to see what we have happening throughout the month  #Literacy #LiteracyIsLife #LiteracyMatters #PutOnYourPurple#FosterLiteracy


The Crazy Senoritas! Fundraising Show Aug 16th

The Fort St. John Literacy Society is very excited to be presenting a second (first) show of The Crazy Senoritas for a night of fabulous fun and fundraising. You don’t want to miss out on this vibrant and exuberant drag show which rolls into town Friday August 16th. Come on out to experience Beyonce, Whitney Houston, J-Lo, Shania Twain and more with our fun Mexican fiesta themed evening. And of course, there is the fabulous Host, Miss Diva Divine! She brings you on a hilarious journey – from gentle comedy … all the way to “OMG… Did she really just say that?!” It will be a night to Regender with music, comedy, and good, clean, dirty fun.

There will be a door prize, 50/50 draw and optional Mexican platter (for a fee), with all of the funds raised going towards enhancing and expanding the FREE literacy programs we offer to the community.

This is a 19+ show. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm

Tutor Training Workshop July 26-27

Do you have spare time in your life?
Are you looking for a rewarding way to spend your time?
Do you enjoy helping others and supporting your community?
If you said YES to any of these questions, then this opportunity is for you!

Upon completion of training and registration to be a tutor, a criminal record check will be required.

2019 July Tutor training workshop poster

Training for Educators & Settlement Practitioners – June 10

This FREE training is open to all who work with immigrants and refugees.

This workshop is designed to provide insights, skills, and practical tools for educators working with students in the classroom who may have experienced trauma and are struggling with mental health concerns. The workshop is based on research and expertise developed by Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) through years of teaching and learning about refugees in the settlement sector across the Lower Mainland of BC. The workshop focuses on a trauma-informed framework and healing centered approaches so that teachers can engage with students to foster not only language and skill acquisition but also help newcomers develop better mental health strategies, community engagement, and an overall sense of well-being as they transition through their settlement process in Canada.

Along with the workshop, participants will have access to the Community Based Training Guide which will be distributed as PDFs to the participants. The workshop will include practical tips and strategies, resources, and ideas that can help build a more inclusive classroom practice.

Mad Hatter Tee Party Golf Tournament a SUCCESS!

Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, and players we were able to raise $5,060.33!! All of these funds will be directed to literacy programming for youth (18 and under) clients.
Thank you again to North Peace Optometry ClinicTodd Energy Corporation,PeaceSunFM101.5 The Bear- Fort St Johns Best Rock (CKNL)CJDC-TV,890 CJDC Today’s Country and CDN Controls Ltd. for your sponsorship, as well as all of the prize donation sponsors! AND to all of the volunteers, players, and to Lone Wolf Golf Club for hosting such an amazing event! You ALL made this event a success!

Spelling Bee Raises $4,397!

Contestants young and old took to the stage at Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School on April 13 for the Fort St. John Literacy Society’s second annual Spelling Bee.

The event raised $4,397 to support the society’s after school homework club. The top fundraiser was Cooper Haggstrom, who raised $740.

Pemi Olajide won first place in the Grade 1 Category of the 2019 Spelling Bee,



Grade 1:

1st place: Pemi Olajide
2nd place: Dunsin Ogundipe

 Grade 2/3:

1st place: Lucy Toews
2nd place: Arene Saukila

Grade 4/5:

1st place: Archer Giesbrecht
2nd place: Lily Murray

Grade 6/7:

1st place: Curtis Paull
2nd place: Austin Baerg

Media Challenge:

Dillon Giancola of the Alaska Highway News won first place with the most points earned in 15 minutes. Managing Editor Matt Preprost finished second in the category.


Retro Run Registration NOW OPEN

Join us for our 2nd Annual 5km Retro Run!!
Run, walk, jive or do the hustle dressed in attire from your favourite decade.
Proceeds from this event will go towards our fundraising goal of $3,000 to expand our FREE programs offered to the community.

Only 350 spots available. To register click here

The Fort St. John Literacy Society was founded in 1990 and has since been dedicated to promoting a client centered vision of literacy to our community through the delivery of programs and lifelong learning opportunities. Literacy programs have a significant impact bettering the economic, social and civil life of our community.Retro Run Poster

Financial Literacy Workshop – Debt Smarts

• Tips to manage your debt
• When it makes sense to get a consolidation loan
• The difference between consumer proposal and bankruptcy
• Much more!

To register call or email the office at 250-785-2110 or; or visit: Eventbrite

Financial Literacy Workshop – Introduction to Basic Budgeting

• What a budget is and why you should create one
• Tips to help you reach your financial goals
• Ideas to help you adjust your spending
• Much more!

To register call or email the office at 250-785-2110 or; or visit: Eventbrite

New Year’s Eve Fundraiser Brings in $16,500 for Literacy Programming in FSJ

The Fort St. John Literacy Society is excited to announce that the recent New Year’s Eve fundraising party raised $16, 500!! All of these funds will help expand and enhance the FREE literacy programming that is offered to the community.

“This event was made possible because of sponsors, volunteers, and everyone who attended; all of which we are extremely thankful for” says Jessica Kalman, Executive Director for the FSJ Literacy Society. Title sponsors for this event included: Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre, Just Jacks, 101.5 The Bear, Peace SunFM, CJDC-TV and 890 CJDC.  As well as many door prize sponsors including VE Brandl who donated $500 as the final door prize. “We are already planning and looking forward to next year’s event” added Kalman

The Fort St. John Literacy Society is a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to promoting literacy for all individuals and groups throughout Fort St. John and the local region since 1990.

The Montney Coulees ringing in the New Year with a packed dance floor!

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