Who We Are

Established in 2007, Literacy Now Cowichan has worked on many fronts to increase the visibility of literacy issues within the Cowichan Region. In June 2009, Literacy Now Cowichan received status as a BC nonprofit society and achieved charitable status in 2012. Pathways to Learning, the community adult literacy program, has been operating since 2012 and has helped more than 1,000 residents of the Cowichan Valley achieve their learning goals.

A core group of 25 highly trained and dedicated volunteers provides hundreds of hours of tutoring each month as part of their commitment to helping others. The Navigators Program began in 2020 and assists people in filling out applications and forms, and connects them to other community resources as needed. Both programs are funded completely with grants and donations and are provided free of charge to residents of the Cowichan Valley.

The Staff

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Isabelle Vilm

Adult Literacy Program Director


Jan Thompson

Executive Director


Leah Vance

Cowichan Navigators Program Director


Board of Directors

The board of Literacy Now is made up of dedicated volunteers, all of whom have a passionate desire for the promotion and development of strong literacy skills in the Cowichan Valley. Members come from a wide variety of fields such as health, education, information technology, accounting, and business. If you wish to contact a board member or are interested in joining the board, please email [email protected] or call the Literacy Now Cowichan office at 250-597-1776.

Rhoda Taylor, Chair

Kathleen Erickson, Vice-Chair

Holly Ellison, Secretary

Heather Prince, Treasurer

Sheri Kinney, Director

Dorothy Alexander, Director

Seth Godbey, Director