About Us

  • Our Program

    The ONE TO ONE Literacy program began in 1989 as a collaboration between the Vancouver School Board and the Junior League of Greater Vancouver. We are proud of our long history of over 25 years and our large network of volunteer tutors who annually provide thousands of hours of reading support children throughout British Columbia.

    Typically, each student spends about 30 minutes two to four times a week with a ONE TO ONE volunteer tutor. The program is available to any student in our participating schools, who has been identified as needing a boost in reading skills. There is no cost to students to participate. The ONE TO ONE Literacy Society is a registered charity and our program is completely funded by grants and private donations.

    “Through one-to-one volunteer tutoring, we help children develop literacy skills to last a lifetime.”

    How the Partnership Works

    ONE TO ONE Literacy Society staff and our partner regional literacy organizations recruit the volunteer tutors, organize the tutor training workshops, and ensure all tutors have completed a criminal record check. Volunteers are matched with a school, based on compatible schedules and geographic location. ONE TO ONE supports all aspects of the program, ensuring each volunteer has the tools to be successful as a tutor and each school has books and other resources to help deliver a quality program.

    Each school has a Coordinator who oversees the program. The Coordinator works with the classroom teachers to select and schedule the students and to create their reading logs and other materials. ONE TO ONE has a number of Liaisons, each responsible for a group of schools, in regions that have many participating schools. Liaisons provide ongoing support and a link between the schools, the volunteer tutors, and our ONE TO ONE office.

  • Our Impact

    Since the introduction of the program in 1989, we have helped over 14,000 children from diverse and under-served communities in the Vancouver area improve their literacy skills.

    Research shows that receiving one-on-one instruction from a caring adult significantly impacts a child’s reading skills. Children who are not read to, who don’t have books at home or who are not exposed to correct English, fall behind in reading and literacy skills and they may never catch up. Their resulting poor academic performance, reduced economic opportunities, and loss of self-confidence can generate a cascade of consequences with a heavy social cost both for the children and for society at large. Our approach is to initiate early critical intervention into the lives of these struggling readers.

    Our program surveys confirm that we are fulfilling our mission with 86% of teachers stating that the reading skills of these students had improved and 83% of teachers noting an increase in the self-confidence of students participating in the program.

    A second impact of our program is to promote and build volunteerism and literacy capacity in the communities we serve. Every year, we train more than 100 new individuals as literacy tutors. These individuals not only volunteer their time with our program, but they also take the skills they have learned and share them with the wider community. We believe that by engaging the community through volunteer participation, we strengthen our communities and schools, support seniors and create important connections between our schools, parents and neighbourhoods.

    Each year, demand for the program continues to grow as schools recognize the benefit of the ONE TO ONE program. There is no cost to schools or students. The ONE TO ONE Literacy Society is a registered charity and our program is completely funded by grants and private donations.

  • Our Vision

    A world where all children have acquired a passion for reading and with that, the self-confidence to propel them towards success.

     

    Our Values

    At ONE TO ONE we believe:

    • all children deserve an equal opportunity to develop their literacy skills to help them reach their full potential.
    • in the power of literacy as a cornerstone for a successful life.
    • in lifelong learning.
    • in developing connections that enhance the lives of children, volunteers and the community.

    Our Mission

    Through one-to-one volunteer tutoring, we help children develop literacy skills to last a lifetime.

  • Our History

    The ONE TO ONE Literacy program began in 1989 in Carleton Elementary as a collaboration between the Vancouver School Board and the Junior League of Greater Vancouver. At the time, the teachers at Carleton felt that the literacy skills of a number of the Grade 7 students were weak and that these students were not prepared to move onto high school. So, volunteers from the Junior League came into the school to work with those students who needed a boost with their reading skills and the ONE TO ONE Literacy Program was born.

    As other schools heard about the success of the program, they began to adopt the program. Within 10 years, the program had grown to 28 schools and the Junior League felt it time to launch ONE TO ONE as an independent society.

    In 2001, ONE TO ONE Literacy Society was incorporated as a registered charity. To provide continuity, several members of the Junior League initially served on the Board of ONE TO ONE and were very hands on, providing all aspects of the program including volunteer training, fundraising and program coordination. These fundraising efforts finally allowed ONE TO ONE the secure, long-term funding required to hire a part-time Coordinator.

    The program has grown steadily and now serves 100 schools in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby, with more schools on a waiting list. Along the way, ONE TO ONE has been recognized for the impact it has made on the community on a very modest budget, including a Volunteer Vancouver Innovation Award in 2005, nominated by Business Objects (now SAP).

    Plans over the next few years are to grow the program to a number of new schools and school districts in Greater Vancouver, and to package the program to make it available to other communities within British Columbia.

  • The Board of Directors

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      Sue Hoff

      Chair

      Sue Hoff is a retired Human Resources and Administrative Manager with a career primarily focused in the legal and accounting communities. Her experience also includes management and administrative experience with a private trade school and a local school board. In addition to her Board activities with ONE TO ONE, Sue was recently on the Board of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden Association. Sue prefers to believe that she has “refired” rather than “retired” and now devotes much of her time to her many interests including a love of reading, travel, and staying fit.

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      Lori Sorenson

      Vice Chair

      Lori is currently working as the Director of the BC Teachers’ Tutoring Service. In addition to her board work with ONE TO ONE, she is Treasurer of the Community Volunteer Connections Board in the Tri-Cities. Lori is also an active volunteer in her son’s kindergarten class and is always running to keep up with his extracurricular activities. Her past experiences are in marketing, operations management and corporate training and development, and she has a long time passion for literacy and education, with teaching education and experience in Alberta.

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      Sandy Fairey

      Treasurer

      Sandy joined the Board of ONE TO ONE as Treasurer in April 2011. She is a born and bred Vancouverite and a UBC Commerce alumnus. She practised accounting in both public and private firms before ‘retiring’ to raise her 3 boys. In addition to being an active school volunteer while her boys were growing up, Sandy spent several years on the Board of the Arbutus Club as well as on subsidiary house and hockey committees. The empty nest syndrome sent her looking for new purposeful ways to spend her time. She has now managed to fit ONE TO ONE in with her travel and tennis schedule, yoga classes, gardening and quilting! It is Sandy’s pleasure to be a part of this organization and to partner with so many people passionate about literacy and the many benefits derived from helping our youth to reach their fullest potential.

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      Elaine Hung

      Secretary

      Born and raised in Vancouver, Elaine has been a volunteer in her community for over two decades, dedicating much of that time to supporting children’s education and literacy. Prior to joining the Board in 2015, she was a tutor through ONE TO ONE at an inner city Vancouver school and experienced how gratifying it was to help children gain confidence through reading.

      Elaine is a marketing executive with 15+ years of experience in multi-channel, integrated marketing, with a specialization in digital/direct. As Vice President of Marketing for Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, she leads the company’s national marketing and communications initiatives.

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      Sandra Polinsky

      Past-Chair

      Sandra is a retired lawyer and family law mediator who practised law in Vancouver for 25 years. She also has a background as an ESL educator. Sandra was a volunteer tutor with ONE TO ONE for 8 years, has served on the Board for 9 years, the past three as Chair.

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      Deborah Austin

      Director

      Deb is a retired Human Resources Professional and Certified Executive Coach with over 30 years leadership experience in public and private industry. Working with people provided innumerable lessons in community complexities and needs. She was fortunate to be able to support many local charities and initiatives during her professional career. Now, with formal work behind her, she is able to give time and energy in support of work that builds future for others. Deb continues with personal coaching and teaches part time with Langara College. Textiles are her passion and she recently dived into the world of floor loom weaving — blankets anyone?

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      Natalie Morissette

      Director

      Natalie joined the board in 2017, bringing with her considerable experience in the BC school system.  Originally from Quebec, Natalie has been a French Immersion teacher since 1989.  She is a trained resource teacher, and is currently an elementary school principal with the Vancouver School Board.

      Natalie is passionate about literacy and is a former District Literacy Mentor for the VSB, and toured the Province as a Literacy Mentor for two years. Having discovered the ONE TO ONE Literacy program in 2011, Natalie immediately implemented it in her own school.  Outside of her professional life, Natalie is a mother, traveller and painter.

      Bio
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      Jacquie Stebbings

      Director

      One of newest board members (2016), Jacquie is a mother of three, two with learning disabilities. She brings to the Board her first-hand experience and appreciation for the many challenges children experience if not given the right support, especially in their primary years. Before motherhood, Jacquie ran a occupational therapy & kinesiology rehabilitation company that helped people suffering from injuries including brain trauma. An entrepreneur at heart, Jacquie consults as a personal life coach, with a special interest in supporting women. She coaches her daughter’s soccer team, and these days likes to bake while listening to podcasts, run the North Shore trails with a friend, (or take a CrossFit class with her husband), and get at least a few pages read before sleep (great book recommendations welcome!).

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      Diane Styles

      Director

      Diane spent the first half of her life living everywhere else but Vancouver – since then she realizes this is by far the best place to reside. A graduate of UVic in visual arts, she decided to stretch the other side of the brain and became a self-employed bookkeeper in 1987, and joined the Board of ONE TO ONE in 2012. Diane likes to spend her free time practicing pilates, Sudoku and reading, as well as walking around our wonderful city and shores.

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    • Sue Hoff

      Sue Hoff is a retired Human Resources and Administrative Manager with a career primarily focused in the legal and accounting communities. Her experience also includes management and administrative experience with a private trade school and a local school board. In addition to her Board activities with ONE TO ONE, Sue was recently on the Board of the Van Dusen Botanical Garden Association. Sue prefers to believe that she has “refired” rather than “retired” and now devotes much of her time to her many interests including a love of reading, travel, and staying fit.

    • Lori Sorenson

      Lori is currently working as the Director of the BC Teachers’ Tutoring Service. In addition to her board work with ONE TO ONE, she is Treasurer of the Community Volunteer Connections Board in the Tri-Cities. Lori is also an active volunteer in her son’s kindergarten class and is always running to keep up with his extracurricular activities. Her past experiences are in marketing, operations management and corporate training and development, and she has a long time passion for literacy and education, with teaching education and experience in Alberta.

    • Sandy Fairey

      Sandy joined the Board of ONE TO ONE as Treasurer in April 2011. She is a born and bred Vancouverite and a UBC Commerce alumnus. She practised accounting in both public and private firms before ‘retiring’ to raise her 3 boys. In addition to being an active school volunteer while her boys were growing up, Sandy spent several years on the Board of the Arbutus Club as well as on subsidiary house and hockey committees. The empty nest syndrome sent her looking for new purposeful ways to spend her time. She has now managed to fit ONE TO ONE in with her travel and tennis schedule, yoga classes, gardening and quilting! It is Sandy’s pleasure to be a part of this organization and to partner with so many people passionate about literacy and the many benefits derived from helping our youth to reach their fullest potential.

    • Elaine Hung

      Born and raised in Vancouver, Elaine has been a volunteer in her community for over two decades, dedicating much of that time to supporting children’s education and literacy. Prior to joining the Board in 2015, she was a tutor through ONE TO ONE at an inner city Vancouver school and experienced how gratifying it was to help children gain confidence through reading.

      Elaine is a marketing executive with 15+ years of experience in multi-channel, integrated marketing, with a specialization in digital/direct. As Vice President of Marketing for Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, she leads the company’s national marketing and communications initiatives.

    • Sandra Polinsky

      Sandra is a retired lawyer and family law mediator who practised law in Vancouver for 25 years. She also has a background as an ESL educator. Sandra was a volunteer tutor with ONE TO ONE for 8 years, has served on the Board for 9 years, the past three as Chair.

    • Deborah Austin

      Deb is a retired Human Resources Professional and Certified Executive Coach with over 30 years leadership experience in public and private industry. Working with people provided innumerable lessons in community complexities and needs. She was fortunate to be able to support many local charities and initiatives during her professional career. Now, with formal work behind her, she is able to give time and energy in support of work that builds future for others. Deb continues with personal coaching and teaches part time with Langara College. Textiles are her passion and she recently dived into the world of floor loom weaving — blankets anyone?

    • Natalie Morissette

      Natalie joined the board in 2017, bringing with her considerable experience in the BC school system.  Originally from Quebec, Natalie has been a French Immersion teacher since 1989.  She is a trained resource teacher, and is currently an elementary school principal with the Vancouver School Board.

      Natalie is passionate about literacy and is a former District Literacy Mentor for the VSB, and toured the Province as a Literacy Mentor for two years. Having discovered the ONE TO ONE Literacy program in 2011, Natalie immediately implemented it in her own school.  Outside of her professional life, Natalie is a mother, traveller and painter.

    • Jacquie Stebbings

      One of newest board members (2016), Jacquie is a mother of three, two with learning disabilities. She brings to the Board her first-hand experience and appreciation for the many challenges children experience if not given the right support, especially in their primary years. Before motherhood, Jacquie ran a occupational therapy & kinesiology rehabilitation company that helped people suffering from injuries including brain trauma. An entrepreneur at heart, Jacquie consults as a personal life coach, with a special interest in supporting women. She coaches her daughter’s soccer team, and these days likes to bake while listening to podcasts, run the North Shore trails with a friend, (or take a CrossFit class with her husband), and get at least a few pages read before sleep (great book recommendations welcome!).

    • Diane Styles

      Diane spent the first half of her life living everywhere else but Vancouver – since then she realizes this is by far the best place to reside. A graduate of UVic in visual arts, she decided to stretch the other side of the brain and became a self-employed bookkeeper in 1987, and joined the Board of ONE TO ONE in 2012. Diane likes to spend her free time practicing pilates, Sudoku and reading, as well as walking around our wonderful city and shores.

    The Staff

    • Photo of Mary McGivern

      Mary McGivern

      Executive Director

      Mary joined ONE TO ONE as Executive Director in 2013, having been involved in the non-profit sector since 2008. Mary holds an MBA from UBC and has an extensive background in business development, marketing, association and small business management and fundraising. While her daughters were growing up, Mary was actively involved in their school PAC, sports teams and other community organizations, and believes strongly in the power of literacy. An avid reader, she also enjoys running, squash, swimming and cycling. Mary is thrilled to be part of a small grassroots organization that makes such a difference to the lives of so many children in the community.

      Contact Mary at mary@one-to-one.ca

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      Vera Maesen

      Volunteer Coordinator

      Vera joined ONE TO ONE as the Volunteer Coordinator in February 2016. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the Social School Heverlee, Belgium and a Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Leuven, Belgium. She has work experience in administration, volunteer management and human resources, both in the profit and the not-for-profit sector. As a mother of three, Vera values the significance of a literacy program for young children. She is actively involved in her kids’ sports and other extracurricular activities, as well as diverse community organizations.

      Contact Vera at volunteer@one-to-one.ca

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      Zahida Jaffer

      Program Manager

      Zahida joined ONE TO ONE as the Provincial Program Coordinator in October 2015. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and B.Ed. from UBC. She brings extensive experience in volunteer program coordination, marketing and communications, as well as tutoring and workshop facilitation. Zahida was strongly influenced as a child by educators who helped her select books to read and unleashed her passion for reading. She is also an accomplished writer and blogger, who also enjoys running, weight training, painting, and playing guitar. Zahida is excited to be part of a program that inspires children to love reading and to be part of extending the program’s reach and impact through BC.

      Contact Zahida at zahida@one-to-one.ca

    Area Liaisons

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      Ilona Davidson

      Ilona joined ONE TO ONE as an Area Liaison in 2016. She holds a B.Ed. in History and an M.Sc. in Brain Based Teaching and Learning.  She has worked as a high school teacher and school counselor in both the public and private systems, and with extremely high risk youth in the non-profit sector. Her work with children who struggle in school showed her that many learning challenges are literacy related, and led her to highly value early literacy programs. It also led to her fascination with the human brain and how reading difficulties can be greatly improved. As a mother of two children of her own, she also knows the incredible power one-to-one relationships between caring adults and children can have in providing the self-confidence and motivation to keep practicing and progressing. An avid reader herself, Ilona is delighted to become part of the ONE TO ONE team, and to contribute to its continued growth and success.

      Contact Ilona at ilona@one-to-one.ca

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      Mala Dayal

      Mala is a retired teacher and teacher librarian from Ontario. She was involved with literacy programs at various schools in Mississauga, Ontario where she taught for almost thirty years. Mala’s passion for literacy and children is well known among those who know her. In her experience as a teacher librarian, she found that all children love to read or to be read to given the right environment and reading material. Her commitment to try to give that opportunity to young minds brought her to ONE TO ONE Literacy Society, as the organization’s goals are very similar to her own.

      Contact Mala at mala@one-to-one.ca

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      Jane Hicks

      Jane retired after a 40-year career in classrooms and administration in schools in Ontario and BC. After teaching high school mathematics for many years, she has enjoyed her ONE TO ONE tutoring in two schools this past year. Not only was this tutoring gratifying, it was also some of the most important time Jane spent each week. The need for support for struggling readers is great, and the time spent reading with a supportive adult potentially has significant impact on the life of the child.

      Contact Jane at jane@one-to-one.ca

      Bio
    • Photo of Janice Johnson

      Janice Johnson

      Janice joined the ONE TO ONE Liaison team in 2017. Volunteering at the Trafalgar Elementary School library for the past 13 years has shown her the joy and excitement that reading and literacy can bring to children. Janice has enjoyed reading to and with her 4 children and loves making up one-of-a-kind bedtime stories. She is very involved in community sports and in her children’s schools.  Janice has a background in counselling and education from her careers as a dietitian and a college instructor. Janice has been a ONE TO ONE volunteer tutor at Trafalgar Elementary for several years. Her favourite experiences are the “lightbulb moments” where struggling readers become confident readers! There’s nothing like a good story to make a day something special.

      Bio
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      Andy Krombein

      Andy is currently a Literacy Outreach Coordinator for the Marpole neighbourhood in Vancouver. She holds qualifications in Journalism, English, Library Science and ESL and spent 18 years working in South African community libraries, serving the learning needs of ESL families who experienced inadequate education under the Apartheid system. Andy went on to work for the British Council in the UK, where promoting literacy was the core mission. She believes reading is the most important life skill and the foundation for all other skills, and sees regular one-to-one mentoring as the most effective way to ingrain these skills for life. Andy is delighted to be working with ONE TO ONE as a volunteer tutor, as well as a Liaison.

      Contact Andy at andy@one-to-one.ca

      Bio
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      Linda O’Reilly

      Linda is an enthusiastic advocate for kids and literacy. She brings to ONE TO ONE an extensive background as a classroom teacher, university instructor, workshop presenter, and literacy consultant. When asked about what drew her attention to ONE TO ONE, Linda said it was the opportunity to bring children and books together. When she is not reading with her granddaughter, Linda will be found every Thursday morning as a ONE TO ONE volunteer tutor reading with children in an inner city Vancouver school.

      Contact Linda at linda@one-to-one.ca

      Bio
    • Photo of Kelly Southwell

      Kelly Southwell

      As an elementary school teacher since 1996 and a mother of four, Kelly has accumulated many years of practical experience working with young readers. She has worked alongside ONE TO ONE Literacy Society volunteers as a classroom teacher and as a School Coordinator. Kelly believes that reading opens up a world of choices for children and is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply her experience to the role of the ONE TO ONE Liaison for the North Shore.

      Contact Kelly at kelly@one-to-one.ca

      Bio
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      Debbie Schiller

      Debbie has been involved with ONE TO ONE since its beginnings in 1989. She experienced first-hand the effectiveness of its strategies with her 7-year old “reluctant reader” son! Her educational background is in Nursing, but her work and life’s passion has been in literacy. In 1994, Debbie and her family moved to Vernon and introduced ONE TO ONE to local schools. Her literacy career included expanding the program to other districts, developing literacy projects, and facilitating clear language writing workshops. She served as Executive Director of Vernon’s “Junction Literacy Centre” from 2007 to 2013. Now retired, Debbie remains an active community member in the Okanagan and is delighted to have a role supporting ONE TO ONE programs.

      Contact Debbie at debbie@one-to-one.ca

      Bio
    • Ilona Davidson

      Ilona joined ONE TO ONE as an Area Liaison in 2016. She holds a B.Ed. in History and an M.Sc. in Brain Based Teaching and Learning.  She has worked as a high school teacher and school counselor in both the public and private systems, and with extremely high risk youth in the non-profit sector. Her work with children who struggle in school showed her that many learning challenges are literacy related, and led her to highly value early literacy programs. It also led to her fascination with the human brain and how reading difficulties can be greatly improved. As a mother of two children of her own, she also knows the incredible power one-to-one relationships between caring adults and children can have in providing the self-confidence and motivation to keep practicing and progressing. An avid reader herself, Ilona is delighted to become part of the ONE TO ONE team, and to contribute to its continued growth and success.

      Contact Ilona at ilona@one-to-one.ca

    • Mala Dayal

      Mala is a retired teacher and teacher librarian from Ontario. She was involved with literacy programs at various schools in Mississauga, Ontario where she taught for almost thirty years. Mala’s passion for literacy and children is well known among those who know her. In her experience as a teacher librarian, she found that all children love to read or to be read to given the right environment and reading material. Her commitment to try to give that opportunity to young minds brought her to ONE TO ONE Literacy Society, as the organization’s goals are very similar to her own.

      Contact Mala at mala@one-to-one.ca

    • Jane Hicks

      Jane retired after a 40-year career in classrooms and administration in schools in Ontario and BC. After teaching high school mathematics for many years, she has enjoyed her ONE TO ONE tutoring in two schools this past year. Not only was this tutoring gratifying, it was also some of the most important time Jane spent each week. The need for support for struggling readers is great, and the time spent reading with a supportive adult potentially has significant impact on the life of the child.

      Contact Jane at jane@one-to-one.ca

    • Janice Johnson

      Janice joined the ONE TO ONE Liaison team in 2017. Volunteering at the Trafalgar Elementary School library for the past 13 years has shown her the joy and excitement that reading and literacy can bring to children. Janice has enjoyed reading to and with her 4 children and loves making up one-of-a-kind bedtime stories. She is very involved in community sports and in her children’s schools.  Janice has a background in counselling and education from her careers as a dietitian and a college instructor. Janice has been a ONE TO ONE volunteer tutor at Trafalgar Elementary for several years. Her favourite experiences are the “lightbulb moments” where struggling readers become confident readers! There’s nothing like a good story to make a day something special.

    • Andy Krombein

      Andy is currently a Literacy Outreach Coordinator for the Marpole neighbourhood in Vancouver. She holds qualifications in Journalism, English, Library Science and ESL and spent 18 years working in South African community libraries, serving the learning needs of ESL families who experienced inadequate education under the Apartheid system. Andy went on to work for the British Council in the UK, where promoting literacy was the core mission. She believes reading is the most important life skill and the foundation for all other skills, and sees regular one-to-one mentoring as the most effective way to ingrain these skills for life. Andy is delighted to be working with ONE TO ONE as a volunteer tutor, as well as a Liaison.

      Contact Andy at andy@one-to-one.ca

    • Linda O'Reilly

      Linda is an enthusiastic advocate for kids and literacy. She brings to ONE TO ONE an extensive background as a classroom teacher, university instructor, workshop presenter, and literacy consultant. When asked about what drew her attention to ONE TO ONE, Linda said it was the opportunity to bring children and books together. When she is not reading with her granddaughter, Linda will be found every Thursday morning as a ONE TO ONE volunteer tutor reading with children in an inner city Vancouver school.

      Contact Linda at linda@one-to-one.ca

    • Kelly Southwell

      As an elementary school teacher since 1996 and a mother of four, Kelly has accumulated many years of practical experience working with young readers. She has worked alongside ONE TO ONE Literacy Society volunteers as a classroom teacher and as a School Coordinator. Kelly believes that reading opens up a world of choices for children and is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply her experience to the role of the ONE TO ONE Liaison for the North Shore.

      Contact Kelly at kelly@one-to-one.ca

    • Debbie Schiller

      Debbie has been involved with ONE TO ONE since its beginnings in 1989. She experienced first-hand the effectiveness of its strategies with her 7-year old “reluctant reader” son! Her educational background is in Nursing, but her work and life’s passion has been in literacy. In 1994, Debbie and her family moved to Vernon and introduced ONE TO ONE to local schools. Her literacy career included expanding the program to other districts, developing literacy projects, and facilitating clear language writing workshops. She served as Executive Director of Vernon’s “Junction Literacy Centre” from 2007 to 2013. Now retired, Debbie remains an active community member in the Okanagan and is delighted to have a role supporting ONE TO ONE programs.

      Contact Debbie at debbie@one-to-one.ca