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.

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.

Zi Qing Ma, Office Manager, Settlement Services Support

Zi Qing immigrated to Canada in 2007 from China. She has a background in accounting and bookkeeping. She was the treasurer for our board of directors for several years and is a graduate of the ABT program at Northern Lights College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, likes gardening, walking, biking, and exercising outside.

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.


Sankalp Chawla, Program Coordinator

Sankalp moved to Dawson Creek in 2019 enrolling in the Social Work Program at Northern Lights College.  While there he became an active volunteer with the Student Refugee Program with World University Service of Canada (and now chairs the local committee,) he helped organize many events and activities and he was a peer tutor. His love for settlement and community led him to start up the Dawson Creek Quarantine Team during his practicum. This team helped international students during their COVID quarantine.

He won several academic awards while working on his diploma. He was rewarded the British Columbia’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation, and was Valedictorian for the class of 2021.   He credits, and thanks his instructors for his success.

His love for playing piano and writing poetry is profound. In summers, he can be found on a tennis court or enjoying a road trip with friends.


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.


Board of Directors


President – Ismar Silva Do Nascimento 

Ismar was born and raised in Brazil.  He has a background in both business and music.  He immigrated to Canada in 2012 & learned to speak English through the programs at the DCLS. Ismar enjoys playing soccer, music, working out at the gym, and eating healthy.  Ismar has volunteered his time teaching music at Notre Dame Catholic School and as Director Referee and Director at Large of the Dawson Creek Adult Soccer League.


Vice President – Éva Zita Zahradnyik

Eva Website

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. 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 – Amna Khaliq 

Amna works as a Business Management Instructor at Northern Lights College and writes bi-weekly columns for The Dawson Creek Mirror newspaper. She is part of the Education Policy Committee and Curriculum Subcommittee at the college. She has MBA in Economic Development (Cape Breton University), B.COMM honors (University of Windsor), Adult Education Learning Diploma (Vancouver Community College), and E-learning Certificate (University of Toronto). In her spare time, she likes to cook, travel (blessed to have been more than 30 countries), volunteer, and spend time with her family. She believes the communities are not given; they are built. Her research interest involves economic development, education and strategic management.


Treasurer – Christina He

Feng Meng (Christina) immigrated to Canada in 2006 and soon after joined our language classes and became an active volunteer planning and helping with many events & activities. A graduate of Northern Lights College, Christina works as an admin assistance with SD59. She enjoys spending time with her family, learning new things, and trying out new recipes.


Director At Large Marissa Thola

Marissa is not new to the Peace Region. She immigrated to Dawson Creek, Canada, with her daughter, mother and two siblings some 29 years ago from the Philippines. Her work experiences span between the provincial government and Northern Lights College. She met her husband in Dawson Creek, and they then moved to Chetwynd. In 2005, she left Northern Lights College, and her family moved to Victoria, BC, to work for the provincial government’s Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

One of Marissa’s cherished experiences was being a volunteer Teacher Trainer in a Regional Teacher Training Centre in Stung Treng, Cambodia, where she spent three years supporting Teacher Trainers and teaching the English language to trainees. She also learned the Khmer language for her daily living needs.

In 2016, Marissa moved back to Dawson Creek to look after her terminally ill mother and be with her siblings. She is currently the International Engagement Coordinator at the International Education Department at the Northern Lights College.  Marissa has a passion for adult learning and understands the different challenges and struggles of adult learners.

“I have faced several challenges as an immigrant trying to belong, and I feel blessed that I made it through the years. I am grateful for what I have accomplished, and paying it forward is my way of showing my unending gratitude.”