About Us

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 – Katherine Reimer 

Katherine (Kat) Reimer was born and raised in Dawson Creek. She is currently a student at the Dawson Creek Literacy Society and has a certificate and extensive experience with computer repair.  Her hobbies include cycling, walking, writing, and online gaming, specifically roguelikes. Katherine is passionate about LGBT rights and hopes to contribute to the fight for equality by providing educational resources to all. She is excited to take on the role of President of the board of directors, and is very interested in improving her communication skills and working with an organization that she loves.

Vice President – Éva Zita Zahradnyik

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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 began taking Zumba classes.

Secretary –Stephanie Goudie

Stephanie is a lifelong learner who has attended the University of British Columbia and Langara College, and continues to take courses and training whenever possible. She works for the City of Dawson Creek at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, and is the Vice President of CUPE Local 2403.

 She has done contract work for the Dawson Creek Literacy Society, as part of the OARH Project (Organizing Against Racism and Hate) and the multicultural Room to Bloom program.
She spent almost two years working at South Peace Community Resources Society, where she met many of our city’s most vulnerable members. Stephanie volunteers with the Dawson Creek Pride Society and is a leader with the 1st Aurora Brownies.
Stephanie is passionate about social justice, especially in regards to labour rights, gender equity, adult literacy, supporting the LGBTQIA2S+ community, anti-poverty, anti-racism, and advocating for mental health resources. She is very excited to work with the Board of Directors to advocate for the Literacy Society and its clients

Treasurer – Glenda Macarat

 

Director – Jessica Whitford

 

Staff

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 ESL 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 as one of our instructors at the Literacy Society. She thoroughly enjoys teaching our GED preparation class.

 Carole Taylor, Essential Skills and ESL Instructor20161028_142800

Carole recently retired from Northern Lights College where she worked for 15 years. Carole has extensive experience with Essential Skills training, upgrading, and Work Skills. In Carole’s spare time she loves to camp, golf, travel and spends time with her three adult children and grandchildren.

Aisha Hussein, Childcare Provider

Aisha Hussein moved to Dawson Creek in 2012. Soon after, she began taking clapicsses 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

 

Jamie Bond, Math Support, Room to Bloom Coordinator, Admin.

Jamie Bond  moved to DawsonJamie Creek in 2006 and has worked in a variety of jobs- everything from meat counter attendant to childbirth doula . Her last job was as Outreach Worker at South Peace Community Resources Society where she discovered that  helping people connect with the resources that they need to meet their personal goals is her passion. She is also currently completing her Library and information Technology Diploma at Langara College. You will find her at the Literacy Society helping with whatever needs help at the moment, from working with clients to administrative duties, or at home, caring for her pile of children and flock of chickens.

Zi Qing Ma – Settlement Services 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.

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