The Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society works with communities, schools and organizations to support literacy and learning for people of all ages on North Vancouver Island. Learn more

Summer 2022: Literacy on the Land for families!

Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m. in Port Hardy.

*Locations to be announced, follow our Facebook page @mwfamilyliteracy for updates.

This nature-based summer pilot program is facilitated by both an Early Childhood Educator and our Mother Geese.

All ages, everyone welcome, parents must accompany children.

  • Each session is 2 hours of stories, songs and free play.
  • Snacks provided.
  • Bring boots & sweater, rain or shine we will be there!

Connect4Work: Intro to computers for job seekers programs coming in 2022-23

Press Release: Mount Waddington one of five pilot test sites for digital literacy program

Hands-on learning in a small class environment. Students will start from the basics – turning on a pc, using a mouse, understanding technology vocabulary – and build on their skills over 6 weeks.

The program is free, with a $50 materials fee, and laptops are available to borrow during the program.

Learn more about Connect4Work

Our impact

Read our Impact Stories about the literacy programs, projects and events that impact our North Vancouver Island communities thanks to funders, sponsors and personal donations from people like you who support the Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society.

Highlights of 2021-22

  • Literacy Bus: The Literacy Bus with Mother Goose storytellers will be at North Island markets, events and festivals.
  • Mother Goose on the Go programs: Literacy on the Land outdoor storytime happened in 2021 as well as infant sessions. This summer, Mother Goose is at the Port Hardy and Port McNeill Farmers’ Markets – and a new outdoor Mother Goose program Literacy on the Land for families!
  • Fostering Literacy youth tutor-mentors: We employ eight youth tutors who work individually with 32 students at four North Island elementary schools. Children practice and grow their reading skills; teens gain literacy support skills and make a small income.
  • One-to-One volunteer tutors: We supported two adult volunteer tutors, four youth leaders and eight elementary school students with virtual and in-person reading tutoring.
  • Come Read With Me: Virtual Come Read With Me workshops taught parents simple reading strategies to support their young readers at home.
  • Family Literacy Kits: We distributed 100 family literacy kits to North Island families to celebrate Family Literacy Week in January 2022. Kits included books, literacy games, community resources and information about our programs.
  • Healthy Meals for the Entire Family workshop: 40 people participated in our four zoom cooking classes for families, with ingredients provided.. Island Health Nutritionists led the cooking skills classes and answered food and health related questions from parents.
  • Transforming Tea and Toast: Bringing Seniors Together for Health: In partnership with Island Food Hubs and the Public Health Authority, we’re providing Port Hardy seniors with Good Food Box delivery, cooking demos and weekly social lunches.
  • Community Adult Literacy ProgramsTwo new CALP coordinators are developing one-on-one tutoring and group programs to increase adult literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.
  • Connect4Work Introduction to computers for job seekers: We held Connect4Work classes in Port Alice, Port Hardy and Port McNeill, helping eight adults improve their digital literacy skills to use technology to search for and apply for work.
  • United Way School’s Out: With a short pilot test in Port Alice June 2021, this free after-school program that focuses on health and wellness, local food resources, outdoor activity and community will expand to five North Island communities in September 2023.

Together, we can do more.

Your donation helps put books in children’s hands and homes and will help provide Family Literacy Kits to 100 North Vancouver Island families for January’s Family Literacy Week.
You are also welcome to support a specific program of your choice!