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The podcasters, their programs and their projects:

Dee McRae works at the Houston Link to Learning in Houston, British Columbia. HLL is a community literacy organization committed to working in partnership with individuals, families and communities to promote literacy, offer literacy opportunities for learning, promote learner involvement in all aspects of the society and promote and use of plain language.

Anne Docherty works at The Learning Shop, a storefront learning centre located in Hazelton, British Columbia that practices informal education to promote life long learning and active citizenship. The Learning Shop provides simple and entertaining activities that highlight the learning that takes place daily in all parts of our lives.

Marina Niks is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Health Promotion Research at the University of British Columbia. She is working in projects about literacy and health and community capacity development that involve partnerships between the academy and community organizations and supports practitioner researchers at RiPAL BC (Research in Practice in Adult Literacy – British Columbia).

Anne and Dee’s completed projects can be found at
RiPAL BC Research in Practice Projects:
Dancing in the Dark:

Anne is currently working on Rooting Around in Research, a project that is looking at the impact of getting a group of community literacy practitioners together to reflect on their practice. Dee is writing about the use of participatory research in a fundamental English class. Information about their current projects can be found at:

Nadine Sookermany works at Parkdale Project Read.
Susan Lefebvre works at Literacy for East Toronto at the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

Fran Zimmerman and Judi Snively work at the St. Christopher House Adult Literacy Program.

Literacy for East Toronto, Parkdale Project Read and the St. Christopher House Adult Literacy Program are community-based adult literacy programs located in downtown Toronto that provide English speaking adults with one-to-one and small group tutoring in reading, writing, basic math and basic computers. The programs take a critical approach to literacy and are dedicated to creating a comfortable and accessible learning environment where students can bring their whole self (body, mind, emotions, spirit) to learning.

Nadine and Susan’s project can be found at:

Fran and Judi are working with Pat Hatt. Some of her projects are:

Learning Disabilities Best Practice and Innovations

Target Literacy: A Learning Disabilities Resource Guide

Supporting and Sharing:
Best Practices in Learning Disabilities Practitioner Training


Best Practices in Exit Assessment and Transition Planning