The Lake View Learning Centre is operated by the Dawson Creek Literacy Society, a not-for-profit community organization. The Society was founded in 1991 and has been growing ever since. Our success is due to the active participation of our board, staff, volunteers, learners and community partners.
Board of Directors
President – Ismar Silva Do Nascimento
Vice President – Éva Zita Zahradnyik
Eva was born and raised in Hungary and worked as a RN at a NICU and was a member and Head Nurse of an Infant Transport Team. She moved to Canada in September 2007 as a live-in nanny. Since then she has had the opportunity to work in various positions and recently started working at a pharmacy as a pharmacy assistant. Through her participation in our language classes she has become an active volunteer, and most recently Eva became the secretary of DCLS in May 2015. Dancing has always made her happy. She did Hungarian folk dances in Hungary and started to discover the Middle Eastern dances (aka belly dance) in Dawson Creek shortly after her arrival, and about a year ago bega taking Zumba classes.
Secretary – Julia Lee
Treasurer – Rob Dayringer
Director – Jessica Whitford
Jennifer Neis, Executive Director
Jennifer has been with the Literacy Society since 2000. She has several years’ experience in the human services field and thoroughly enjoys working with all of the Literacy Society’s learners. Jennifer has been instrumental in the development of the Society’s English as a Second Language programs as well as the Settlement Services. She continues to help build the Literacy and Settlement programs. Jennifer often tutors learners, assists newcomers with their settlement needs and meets with community partners.
Michele Mobley, Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Literacy Now and Lead LINC Instructor
Michele has been working in partnership with the Literacy Society since 2010. She graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria in 2006 from the Faculty of Social Science (Anthropology). Before returning to university, Michele worked in broadcasting and communications for 10 years. She currently works as the Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Literacy Now and is our English Language Instructor.
Aisha Hussein, Childcare Provider
Aisha Hussein moved to Dawson Creek in 2012. Soon after, she began taking classes at and working for the Literacy Society. Aisha is the childcare provider for some of the ESL classes. She loves being around children! Before moving to Dawson Creek, Aisha lived in Manitoba, Yemen, and Somalia. Aisha is passionate about women’s rights, enjoys learning new things, and she loves Canada’s natural landscape.
Lennette Villanueva – Childcare Provider
Zi Qing was born and raised in China. She immigrated to Canada in 2007. She has a background in accounting and bookeeping. She was the treasurer for our board of directors for several years. She is a recent graduate of the ABT program at Northern Lights College. She enjoys spending time with her son, going for walks, biking, exercising outside and knitting.