Who we are

One Team. One goal. Endless possibilities.

There is one reason our small organization has such an outsized impact on our community: we work as One Team. It’s our superpower, giving us strength, diversity and an amazing network of caring people who believe all children deserve to experience the benefits that come from reading.

Learn about Calgary Reads’ One Team

Our One Team consists of volunteers, staff, board members, educators, consultants, community champions, corporate donors and individuals who are working together to build a community where reading matters and children thrive.


The number of volunteers from business, student and community groups who helped with our wee read program in 2016-17.

“Members of the Calgary Reads team are so focused and committed on getting the next child hooked on reading. They are relentless in their approach and try it from every single angle.”

Calgary Reads 2017 Brand Report
Stormy Lake Consulting

Meet the members of our One Team



“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”― Margaret Fuller


Director of Research

“You are the same today as you will be in five years, except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”- Charlie Jones

Andrea Jung

Board Member

"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as ... those we spent with a favorite book." - Marcel Proust


First 2000 Days Weaver

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot



“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” - Mark Twain

Catherine Brownlee


“The power of our imagination is engaged fully and completely through the words on a page”.



“Every kid needs to find the right book. And then the next one. And the world opens.”


People Manager

“The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.” ― Mem Fox, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever



"Books.....are bigger on the inside."

Emma Covenden

Board Member

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot

Jacqui McFarland

Board Member

"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading." William Styron

Jacquie Sartison



Contract Talent

“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Joan Green

Director of Development

I can’t imagine my life without reading and books. The ability to read with confidence and joy is every child’s right and integral to creating a thriving, democratic community. Each member of our community has a role to play in ensuring our children grow to become successful readers. You are invited to join us in this important work.

Jodi Nickel


The important books should be those that leave us wondering, with relief and gratitude, how the author could possibly have known so much about our lives. - Alain de Botton


Literacy Coach

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."- Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Mandeep Badyal

Board Member

“Live, and be happy, and make others so.” - Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein



“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” - Nelson Mandela



“Reading has always been my home, my sustenance, my great invincible companion.” - Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life


Board Member

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” - Oscar Wilde



Mike Huvenaars


“A book is a device to ignite the imagination” – Alan Bennett

Monica Mochoruk

Board Member

"Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader."

Phil Carlton

School Connector

"The ability to read opens doorways and pathways to the future and a venue for escaping to another world."

Rebecca Bloom Geddes

Board Member

“the book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think” – Harper Lee.

Rick Thomas

Contract Talent


Board Member

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” –Oscar Wilde


Board Member

“We lose ourselves in the books, we find ourselves there, too" - Anonymous




“Reading has always been my home, my sustenance, my great invincible companion. Yet of all the many things in which we recognize some universal comfort – God, sex, food, family, friends – reading seems to be the one in which the comfort is most under sung, at least publicly, although it was really all I thought of, or felt, when I was eating up book after book, running away from home while sitting in a chair, traveling around the world and yet never leaving the room. I did not read from a sense of superiority, or advancement, or even learning. I read because I loved it more than any other activity on earth.” - Anna Quindlen

Board Chair Vicki Reid


Board Chair

“What really knocks me out is a book, that when you're all done reading it, you wish that the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him on the phone whenever you felt like it.” – J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye


Board Member

“At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better.” - Barack Obama