How did the organization start?
In 1988, a group of people met to form an adult learning organization that would provide free literacy support for those 18 years of age and older. This was, and still is, the only such adult-focused organization on southern Vancouver Island.
Literacy Victoria Timeline
1988 - Project Literacy Victoria (PLV) begins as a grassroots, non-profit organization built on community involvement and is formally registered under the Society Act.
1989 - The first PGI Golf Tournament for Literacy, founded by Peter Gzowski, is held in Victoria. It becomes a highly successful annual fundraising event for over 20 years.
1996 - PLV moves to our present location at 930A Yates Street in downtown Victoria.
1998 - The organization goes online and starts actively integrating computers as learning tools.
2001 - The Community Access Program (CAP) computer lab, under the auspices of the federal Department of Industry, opens at PLV for drop-in use by individuals who otherwise would not have computer access.
2007 - The organization renames and rebrands PLV as “Literacy Victoria: Empowering Adult Learners".
2008 - LV completes a 3-year national pilot project, “South Island Learning Community (SILC)”, bridging First Nations and non-First Nations communities through learning technologies.
2008 - Literacy Victoria celebrates 20 years of providing community-based adult literacy services across southern Vancouver Island.
2009 - LV completes a two-year Community Literacy Outreach national pilot project and its results are distributed nation-wide.
2009 - Blended learning (combined learning on paper and on-line) is available for all LV learners, including those with the lowest skills.
2011 - LV completes a two-year Workforce Literacy/Essential Skills national pilot project with results distributed nation-wide.
2013 - LV completes a three-year Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills community-based pilot project with results distributed nation-wide.
2013 - LV becomes a Safe Harbour Site.
2013 - LV celebrates its 25th Anniversary!