What we do

We promote literacy and lifelong learning on the Saanich Peninsula by building awareness and by supporting community actions related to literacy. Our work spans the ages and involves working with partners from all sectors of the community to best serve children, families and adults living on the Peninsula.

Programs we offer

Open Air Library
A FREE, outdoor program sponsored by Saanich Peninsula Literacy in partnership with Vancouver Raise-a-Reader, Decoda, The Town of Sidney and many others. Everyone is welcome to select from a wide range of reading materials, relax with a good book on our cozy blankets, enjoy the fresh air and take home a book afterwards. Reading materials are available for all ages; there is no need to register, this is a FREE drop-in program. 
Shaw TV South Island Literacy Series

Summer StoryWalk Series
A StoryWalk® is a FREE, innovative, way for families to enjoy stories in the outdoors. Pages from a children’s book are hung on a fence or mounted to stakes on the ground.  As you stroll along the path, you visit each page and enjoy the story in nature, with your family.

Family Literacy Packs
A fun way to provide support and literacy activities to families living on the Peninsula during Covid-19.  Packages contain age-appropriate information on community resources and organizations providing support.  Bags also contain a variety of age-appropriate materials include a gently-loved book, art/craft activity, fruit snack, activity sheets and a recreational item to be enjoyed outdoors


We provide support in a variety of of ways including coordination, making linkages, building capacity, spreading the word and occasionally providing funds. Some of the local initiatives we support, include:

Peninsula “1000 x 5” Book Recycling Project
Every month we donate over 1500 books for babies and toddlers. We invite families to donate picture books; organize volunteers to sort and gift packages; and ensure our partners meet with parents and young children to distribute books to children.

Sidney LitFest
A local celebration for readers and writers. Offering an in-school collaboration with Saanich Peninsula Literacy and SD#63 to pair classrooms with local writers.

Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood
A network of dedicated people representing services, agencies and volunteers across the Peninsula meet monthly to coordinate efforts to support the healthy growth and development of young children (0-6), and their families and to advocate for their well-being. 

Building Awareness

Literacy is Life Month
Each September, Eecoda, BC’s literacy non-profit leads a province-wide awareness and fundraising campaign. Literacy Month raises awareness of the importance of literacy, and raises funds to support community-based literacy programs and initiatives across British Columbia.

Sock it to Literacy Campaign
Support Saanich Peninsula Literacy in building literacy awareness by purchasing a pair of merino wool socks. Sock purchases help raise money to support local literacy programs and services.

Task Group Membership

The Saanich Peninsula Literacy Task Group is comprised of community representatives committed to strengthening life-long literacy. Because literacy is directly linked to the well-being and growth of individuals and communities, task group members recognize the importance of literacy as a community building tool and a strategy for supporting economic, social, health and educational goals. If you would like to become a member of our Task Group, please contact the Literacy Outreach Coordinator

University of Victoria – Michael Lines
Camosun College – Karen Lightbody
Beacon Community Services
– Megan Madsen
Confederation of University Women’s Club – Sonya Emperingham
Greater Victoria Public Library – Delia Felipescu
Individual Learning Centre (ILC) – Debbie Nikkel
Peninsula 1000 x 5 Children’s Book Recycling Project – Daphne Macnaughton
Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC) – Daphne Macnaughton
Saanich School District (#63) – Carly Hunter & Darcy Mcnee
Sidney / North Saanich Library – Sharon Walker
Sidney LitFest – Janet Daines
Victoria Literacy Connection – Christine Bossi
District of North Saanich – Councillor Patricia Pearson
District of Central Saanich – Councillor Gordon Newton
Community – Madelaine Hittos

Saanich Peninsula Literacy Outreach Coordinator
Shantael Sleight – smsleight@gmail.com

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