Literacy Matters Abbotsford


Literacy Matters Abbotsford is Abbotsford’s community literacy network. This is a membership of many organizations and programs including the Fraser Valley Regional Library, Abbotsford Community Services, University of the Fraser Valley, and Abbotsford School District to name a few. Literacy Matters Abbotsford is funded by Decoda, through the Ministry of Education (see Decoda for more information). The goal of Literacy Matters Abbotsford is to connect literacy services to individuals; to connect services to each other; and to address the literacy gaps in Abbotsford.

Read What You Love Community Reading Challenge 2020

Literacy Matters Abbotsford is holding their annual Community Literacy Challenge, “Read What You Love”. It will run from January 26 – February 15, 2020. Look for flyers in the community; there will be a reading log to complete which will be your entry into a draw for prizes. All you need to do is read for 15 minutes each day. The reading challenge is open to all ages! If you have questions about this event, if you have prizes to donate, or you are interested in volunteering to promote literacy in Abbotsford please contact Sharon Crowley, Abbotsford Literacy Outreach Coordinator,

See photos from our free pancake breakfast here. A big thank you to our sponsors of this event:

  • Starbucks West Oaks
  • Otter Coop Abbotsford
  • Real Canadian Superstore Abbotsford
  • Abbotsford News

Be sure to join us next year for our 10th Annual kick off breakfast!

Learn About Series

This is a series for current residents of Abbotsford, people new to Abbotsford and people new to Canada.

We are partnering with Clearbrook Library, City of Abbotsford and Fraser Health to provide information on the Abbotsford community. Our next session is "Be a Waste Wizard", tips on recycling in Abbotsford. This will take place at Clearbrook Library, Friday February 28, 10:30 - noon. See the poster more information.

March 10, Perry Smith, Director of Curriculum, School District 34, will speak on Indigenous culture. This session will also take place at Clearbrook Library, 10:30 - noon. A poster will be available soon.

Please email to preregister for this free session:

Trivia Challenge 2020

Stay tuned for next year's event, September 30 at the Canadian Brewhouse, and be sure to gather your team of 6 players and practice your trivia knowledge. Book your table early for this very popular event.

Thank you to the enthusiastic 2019 participants raised over $2600 to support literacy programs and initiatives in Abbotford.

Thank you to all our supporters that made this event successful! See the winners of our costume contest here.

  • Canadian Brewhouse
  • Abbotsford School District # 34
  • Starbucks West Oaks
  • Starbucks Seven Oaks
  • Clearbrook Library
  • Cheryl's Cafe
  • Lois MacKenzie
  • RPM Automotive
  • Dominic's Salon
  • Ricky Skene
  • Connie Friesen
  • Freddy Latham
  • Leslie Brown
  • Ashley Plamondon

Contact for more information.

APALS - Aboriginal Parents as Literacy Supporters

This program is for families with children ages birth to 6 years. The evening starts with a shared meal; a story time with an Elder; and a chance to create a craft and explore games. There is also a short session for parents on how to support their child's growth in literacy.

This program will start up again in January. Please contact for more information.

Fortis Book Contest

This year Literacy Matters Abbotsford again partnered with Fortis BC and Abbotsford Community Schools to host a book writing contest on the conservation of gas energy. The winners were announced at the Kiwanis Literacy Celebration Saturday September 7 at Mill Lake Park.

The winners from this year's contest are Sarah and Elizabeth Bigler. Please click here to see a photo of them at the Kiwanis Literacy Celebration 2019.

Indigenous Day Celebration 2019

The celebration will take place June 21 between 10 am and 2 pm. The focus of this event will be to share Indigenous story telling and culture with classes of school students in grades K-5.