BCLCILA is the provincial council of the International Literacy Association (an organization of nearly 100,000 members dedicated to the improvement of reading instruction and the promotion of lifetime reading habits) and is affiliated with the Canadian Network of International Literacy Association Councils (CNILAC).


Posted on February 26th 2020

Coming Soon @BCLiteracyCount1

Facilitator - Carrie Froese

Date and Time - TBA

Entering the World of Graphic Novels - A Panel Presentation
Posted on January 19th 2020

Hosted by Carrie Froese - President ReadingBC / BC Literacy Council of the International Literacy Association / Principal - David Livingstone Elementary School.  Check out https://carriefroese.wordpress.com/2019/11/11/entering-the-world-of-graphic-novels/

A panel discussion about the world of graphic novels including to date:

Trent Doiron - Youth and Family Worker / Graphic Novel Enthusiast

Anna Found - Grade 7 student & Graphic Novel Enthusiast

Kelly Patrick - Secondary Librarian, ReadingBC / BCLCILA Executive member

Kathryn Ransdell - parent / Orton Gillingham tutor in training

Date Thursday, February 27, 2020  6:45 - 8:00 pm 

Place - David LIvingstone Elementary Library

Refreshments and draw prizes included.

Free registration through Eventbrite:  


Odyssey ProD Conference 2020
Posted on January 19th 2020


A Journey Started with Indigenous Reconciliation through Children’s Literature & Voice.

On Friday, February 14, I had the privilege of addressing an audience of 30 at the Odyssey 2020 conference with the Langley SD #35.   My workshop explored three children’s stories and books, Flight of the Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanass, Taan’s Moons: A Haida Moon Story by Alison Gear, and The Six Cedar Trees by Margot Landahl and Celestine Aleck  and how these stories can be introduced in the classroom to present Indigenous knowledge in ways that honour and celebrates Indigenous gifts. Representing the BCLCILA, the book The Flight of the Hummingbird was the door prize and was also the highlight of the workshop. 


Like the hummingbird in the forest fire, it is our time to do what we can to undo the historical regret, that education has been used as a tool of oppression for Indigenous people.  Conversation, from the perspective of the animals standing around the fire, centred around politics, environmental issues and most importantly explored ways that education can be a voice for Indigenous reconciliation.   Attendees were invited to identify the fire in their own lives that they are making an effort to put out.  I shared my own journey with the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement and my exploration of ways to let the story of reconciliation reveal itself through the voices of children.


Linda Klassen is an educator of over 30 years.  She is the Principal of Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in SD #35 and the Vice President of the BC Literacy Council for International Reading Association.

Creativity Through Cookbooks
Posted on January 19th 2020

This event was hosted by BCLCILA members, Kelly Patrick, and Polly Dobie at Point Grey Secondary School.  Over 25 educators came together to hear Kelly share her experiences as an author of cookbooks and discuss reading, writing, and talking about food.  Thanks to Dianne Martinson for facilitating the break-out session on Travel and cookbooks; to Carrie Froese for facilitating the session about supporting elementary literacy learners; and Polly Dobie for facilitating the session for secondary teachers.  And yes, the snacks were wonderful:) 


Executive 2019-2020
Posted on October 12th 2019

Annual General Meeting

Place:  David Livingstone Elementary School (315 East 23rd Avenue, Vancouver) Library

Date:  October 2, 2019

Time:  4:00 pm


Congratulations to the Executive Committee for 2019-2010

Past President – Mike Bowden (appointed)- District Principal Indigenous Education, Kamloops, B.C.

President – Carrie Froese – Principal David Livingstone Elementary School

Vice-President – Linda Klassen – Principal Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School

Membership Secretary – Kelly Patrick - Librarian at Point Grey Secondary School, VSB

Secretary – Polly Dobie - English Teacher at Point Grey Secondary School, VSB

Treasurer – Garth Brooks – retired / long time ILA member, actively planning and participating in ReadingBC events


Provincial Coordinator:  Karen Addie - Elementary teacher at St. George's Junior School

Thanks to the others who put their names forward for the election.  Your efforts towards building a literacy presence in British Columbia through the BCLCILA are very much appreciated.