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.

“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

ADITYA BANERJEE

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

ALLISON COLPITTS

Team Assistant

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss

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

BOB McINNIS

Champion

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

BRYAN PINNEY

Champion

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” -Groucho Marx

DAVE KELLY

Champion

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

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

Bookkeeper

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

ELAINE MULLEN

Board Member

There is no Frigate like a Book

To take us Lands away

Nor any Coursers like a Page

Of prancing Poetry –

This Traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of Toll –

How frugal is the Chariot

That bears the Human Soul –

-Emily Dickinson

GEORGE GHITAN

Champion

“Classic: A book which people praise but don’t read.” –Mark Twain

Henna Viertio

House Mother

JACOB WIBE

Board Member

JANE SKEANS

Early Years Coordinator

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” - C.S. Lewis.

JILL HILDERMAN

Communications Lead

“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

KATIE KACHUR

Board Member

KEITH BROWN

Champion

"Reading teaches free expression; free expression leads to a life of choice."

Kurt Seredynski

Board Member

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!

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

MARTHA PARKER

Champion

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

MATT KNAPIK

Designer in Residence

“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

MICHAEL KAUMEYER

Champion

Mike Huvenaars

Treasurer

NICOLE LUKACH

Director of Marketing

“We read to know we are not alone." -C.S. Lewis

 

Rick Thomas

Contract Talent

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

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

 

STEACY COLLYER

Executive Director

“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

STEPHANIE FELESKY

Champion

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

ZAIN VELJI

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