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.

Alana Bodnar

Alana Oakes / Volunteer & Learner Services Coordinator

I came to Literacy Alberni in 2008 to sit on the board of directors as a Member at Large and progressed to the Executive Assistant in 2011. I will greet you with a warm smile, as my position encompasses a wide range of duties from matching learners with their tutor to selling refurbished computers

Lesley Wright

Lesley Wright / 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.

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.

Janet Deakin / Administrative Assistant

With almost 25 years experience in reception 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.

Our Board

Cherilyn Bray / Board Chair

I joined the Literacy Alberni board in December 2015 and am looking forward to working more closely with Literacy Alberni in my new role as chair.   I work as a support worker with adults who have disabilities so I see every day how important literacy, and all forms of it, are in everyone’s lives.

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.

Robin Kelley

Robin Kelley

I joined the Literacy Alberni Board of Directors in the Fall of 2015. When not at Literacy Alberni, I work for the Vancouver Island Regional Library as a Children and Youth Services Librarian.

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.

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.

Deb Hamilton

Megan Barker