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 2018-19.

“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

Alan Moon


“A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting”. – Walter Mosley, The Long Fall
“A child who reads is a contributing citizen in waiting”. – Alan Moon

Allison Grafton


Blain van Melle

Board Member

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one." – George R.R. Martin

Candice Li

Board Member

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

Carolyn Wendt

Community Outreach

“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Catherine Brownlee, Champion

Catherine Brownlee


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

Dave Kelly, Champion



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

Dawn Cruickshank, People Manager


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

Donna Brown

Literacy Coach

"If a big person invests time in reading, kids learn reading is important, the child is important, words are important, stories are important" - Gail Carson Levine Author of Ella Enchanted

Greg Clark


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

Janelle Wydeven

Director of Family Engagement

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” -Anna Quindlen

Jason Abbate

Board Member

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader” - Margaret Fuller

Jenna Swift

Reader in Residence

Jodi Nickel, Champion

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

Karen Lynch


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

Matt Knapik, Board Member


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

Monica Mochoruk, Board Member

Monica Mochoruk

Board Chair

"Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader."

Natalie Appleton

Communications Lead

“Don’t you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and down your back?” -Lucy M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Peter Brown


Phil Carlton, School Connector

Phil Carlton


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

Robert Fooks

Board Member

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” – Roald Dahl

Robert Urbanowski

Board Member

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions” - Albert Einstein

Sat Parhar


“You’re BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think and LOVED more than you know”. A.A Milne. Winnie the Pooh

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


“Reading is such an important part of creating a foundation for all that we will learn in life. A child embarking on life’s journey without the ability, the curiosity or the desire to read, risks compromising a strong foundation from which to grow and flourish on their journey.” - Steve Allan

Vicki Reid, Board Chair


Board Member

“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


“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Frederick Douglas