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

Alex May

Director of Programs and Initiatives

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

Allison Grafton


Anne Logan

Director of Community Engagement

“You have to be a speedy reader because there’s so so much to read.” -- Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

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

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

Blythe Butler, First 2000 Days Weaver


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


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

Christine Lindberg

Reader In Residence

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

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

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


"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

Jill Hilderman, Contract Talent


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


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

Krista Carter

Community Connector

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

Lee Ann Lyness, Literacy Coach


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



“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


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


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

Monica Mochoruk, Board Member

Monica Mochoruk

Board Chair

"Today a reader. Tomorrow a leader."

Peter Brown


Phil Carlton, School Connector

Phil Carlton

First 2000 Days Engagement Lead

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

Ryan Vu, Board Member


Board Member

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


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

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


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