Meet the Team

Our team is made up of dedicated staff and board who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of people in our community through literacy and learning.

Our Staff

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes / Executive Director

I have a background in social work, religious studies, and journalism, and I have spent my professional career within the non-profit sector. I am passionate about capacity building, networking, advocacy, and helping learners reach their goals. I also love dogs.


Janet Deakin / Manager

With over 25 years experience in office and administrative positions, I’m happiest when I can effectively and efficiently support my team. The passion and commitment to literacy programs shown by staff and volunteers are truly inspiring and I’m so proud to be a part of the dedicated staff here at Literacy Alberni.

Marilyn Gibson

Marilyn Gibson / ESL Instructor

I’ve been with Literacy Alberni since September 2006. I began as the coordinator and now I am an E.S.L. tutor working with learners from all comers of the world. I work with people who have varying levels of English language and I teach English grammar, vocabulary and spoken English.

Lesley Wright

Lesley Wright / Klitsa Tutoring
Program Coordinator

I came to work at Literacy Alberni in November 2011 as the Program Coordinator for the newly formed Klitsa Tutoring service. I love my job because I am a lifelong learner, and every day and every challenge teaches me something new. It is rewarding to see the relationships between students and the teachers at Klitsa grow as they learn, and to help student realize their academic goals.

Our Board

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor / Vice Chair

I’ve been a member of the Literacy Alberni Board of Directors since 2004 and I’m currently the Vice-Chair. When not involved with Literacy Alberni, I work full time with the Ministry of Social Development. Seeing so many literacy needs with our Ministry clientele propelled my involvement with the organization.

Barb Stevenson / Treasurer

In Barb’s second year on the Board of Directors she, along with our LAS’ bookkeeper are working closely together with the financial committee.   This talented team is updating our organization’s processes and working with the board and staff to ensure full financial accountability and transparency.

Lynne Hancock / Secretary

Lynne has been a valued and long time supporter and tutor for Literacy Alberni learners.  Lynne has now taken on the role of Board Secretary.

Teresa Bird

Teresa Bird

I am the publisher of the Alberni Valley News and a Literacy Alberni board member for two years. Previously a preschool teacher and tutor, I am passionate about learning and reading. I am committed to making the community better through organizations like Literacy Alberni, Port Alberni Rotary, and the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Susie Quinn

Susie Quinn

I joined the Literacy Alberni board as a director in October 2015. I have been editor of the Alberni Valley News since we opened in August 2006. In 2014, I won the Peter Gzowski Life Literacy Fellowship and spent the next year writing about literacy in Port Alberni. I accepted a board nomination so I may take a more active role in improving literacy in my community.

Deb Hamilton

Irma Liebhart

Irma Liebhart

I am retired and have been a Literacy Alberni board member for the last three years. I am also an ESL learner and have been with the organization for eight years.