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.

1,474

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

smile
“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

ADAM LEGGE

Champion

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

Alan Moon

Champion

Allison Grafton

Champion

Barry Thorson

Board Member

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” - Philip Pullman

Blythe Butler, First 2000 Days Weaver

BLYTHE BUTLER

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

Catherine Brownlee, Champion

Catherine Brownlee

Champion

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

Cindy Hume

Assistant to the CEO

"The best way to get children excited about reading is to read to them from the beginning of their lives." - J. K. Rowling

Dave Kelly, Champion

DAVE KELLY

Champion

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

Dawn Cruickshank, People Manager

DAWN CRUICKSHANK

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

Donnelle Watson, Controller

DONNELLE WATSON

Controller

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

Emma Covenden, Board Member

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

Greg Clark

Champion

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." - Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqui McFarland

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

Jann Beeston

Director of Engagement

“If you read, the world is your oyster. It truly is. Reading makes everything possible” - Kate DiCamillo

Jill Hilderman, Contract Talent

JILL HILDERMAN

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

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, Champion

Jodi Nickel

Champion

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

Karen Lynch

Champion

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Katie Kachur

Board Member

"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, My baby you'll be" - Robert Munsch

Krista Carter

Community Connector

"Reading is to the soul what breathing is to the body." -Krista Carter

Lee Ann Lyness, Literacy Coach

LEE ANN LYNESS

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

Mandeep Badyal

Board Member

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

Margo Randles, Champion

MARGO RANDLES

Champion

“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

Marilyn Oakley

House Mother

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on treasure island.” - Walt Disney

Matt Knapik, Board Member

MATT KNAPIK

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, Treasurer

Mike Huvenaars

Treasurer

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

Monica Mochoruk, Board Member

Monica Mochoruk

Board Member

"Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader."

Phil Carlton, School Connector

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

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

Rick Thomas

Contract Talent

Roger Lydiatt, Board Member

ROGER LYDIATT

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

Ryan Vu, Board Member

RYAN VU

Board Member

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

 

Shannon King

Communications Lead

"A child who reads will be an adult who thinks." - Unknown

Sharon Walker

Director of Research & Early Years

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. - Victor Hugo

Steacy Collyer, CEO

STEACY COLLYER

CEO

“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

Steve Allan

Champion

Terry Lindberg

Reader In Residence

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” - Dr. Seuss

Vicki Reid, 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

Without you, there's nothing to read.

Donate Now