Saanich Peninsula Literacy is not so much an organization as an initiative. Long term, they hope that individuals will have gained the skills they need to participate in their community and ultimately that means they will feel like they belong. Provincially, September is designated as “Literacy is Life” month and I really believe in that message. It’s incredibly isolating not to be able to understand documentation, signage, emails, video captions and all the ways that text is inserted into our daily lives. You don’t have to love reading stories to benefit from sharpened literacy skills – but they are the tools to open doors to the wider world.