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.

Upcoming Events

National Indigenous Peoples Day Abbotsford

Come join in the celebration of National Indigenous Day, June 21. This free event , open to all, will take place at Thunderbird Memorial Square from noon - 7 pm. Experience cultural events, pow wow dancing, drumming and story telling. See the poster for more information on this very special event. If you have questions please contact

Fortis Book Writing Contest

The Fortis Book Writing contest opens July 3 and entries can be submitted up until August 10. Please note the topic of the book is to be conservation of gas energy. Entries can be dropped off at Clearbrook and Abbotsford Libraries.

This contest is open to children up to age 12 and the winner will have their book published. Click here to see the poster for more information. See the book template here.

Food Skills for Families

Learn how to cook nutritious and low cost meals for your family. This program is open to parents and caregivers. It will be held at Mámele’awt Community Aboriginal Centre, 3277 Gladwin Road. Classes will run Thursdays starting July 3, from 10 am to 1 pm. Classes are free - see here for more information.

To register call: 604.859.1224 or email:

Save the Date - Trivia Challenge September 26, 2018

Be sure to get your tickets for this popular community event. Join the fun and support literacy in Abbotsford. The event will be held at The Canadian Brewhouse, Highstreet Mall, 3122 Mount Lehman Road. There will be questions to challenge you, prizes, and great food. Bring your team of six people or come on your own. Funds raised will support literacy in Abbotsford.

You can register at Eventbrite - the link is now live. See the poster for more information.

If you have questions contact Sharon at:

Read What You Love Community Reading Challenge 2018; Upcoming 2019 Event

Literacy Matters Abbotsford held their annual Community Literacy Challenge, “Read What You Love”. from January 28 – February 17, 2018. Thank you to all the participants that entered a reading log. One of the community challenges included Abbotsford School Trustees versus senior administrators. The Trustees won the challenge again this year.

Please see a photo from our pancake breakfast January 27 hosted by Clearbrook Fire Hall at 32270 George Ferguson Way. A good time was had by all!

A big thank you goes to the sponsors of "Read What You Love": Fire Services Abbotsford; Fraser Valley Regional Library; Starbucks; Superstore Abbotsford; Abbotsford News; Hand in Hand Childcare Society; IHOP Abbotsford; The Bookman; Central Abbotsford Community School; Costco; and Old Spaghetti Factory.

Be sure to join in on the fun and “Read What You Love” next year Challenge your friends, families, classmates, and colleagues. Make the Literacy Matters Abbotsford’s annual Community Literacy Challenge a success! The kick off breakfast will be January 26, 2018 and the reading challenge will run from January 27 - February 16,2018.

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,

APALS - Aboriginal Parents as Literacy Supporters

APALS is a free program for Aboriginal families with children ages birth to 6 year. Our last session for this school year was Thursday April 19 from 5 - 6:45 pm. The session included story time with an Elder; information for adults on reading with your child, and crafts. Plans are underway to continue the program for the 2018-19 school year.