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 was born and raised in China. She immigrated to Canada in 2007. She has a background in accounting and bookkeeping. 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. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks, biking, exercising outside and knitting.

 

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

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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

 

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

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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 – 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 (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 travel (been to 25 countries and counting), read self-help books, volunteers, yoga and spend time with her family. She believes the communities are not given; they are built. Her research interest involves economic development in Africa, education and change management.

 

Treasurer – Van Tay

  

 

Director – Jessica Whitford

Jessica has been a part of our Learning Centre family since 2012 when she upgraded before enrolling in the ABT Program at Northern Lights College.  She is currently employed as a payroll administrator at Triple J Pipelines and is taking the Medical Office Assistant Program online through North Island College.  With 4 young kids at home her life is very busy; Jess loves hanging out with them and is very involved in their after school programs.  She enjoys learning new things and in her spare time loves to play volleyball.