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Meet the Executive

Kelly Patrick
Director of Membership

Librarian at Point Grey Secondary School, Vancouver School District

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Polly Dobie
Secretary

Polly is an English teacher at Point Grey Secondary School in the Vancouver School District.

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Linda Klassen
Vice-President

Linda Klassen is currently the principal of Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School.  She has a strong background in The Arts, Indigenous Ways of Knowing and literacy development.  Her background includes her work as a Faculty Associate at Simon Fraser University.

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Carrie Froese
President

Carrie is currently the principal at David Livingstone Elementary School.  She became a member of LOMCIRA - the Lower Mainland Council of the International Reading Assoc. in her first year of teaching.  She has maintained her commitment to literacy development throughout her career as a teacher in SD #34 and SD#43; work as an Faculty Associate and Reading Methods instructor at SFU, and as an administrator in SD#39.   

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Michael Bowden
Past-President

Mike Bowden is a Director of Instruction - Indigenous Education in the Kamloops SD. He is a past principal in the Nechako school district. He is a long-time member of the International Literacy Association and has been actively involved in giving presentations and organizing professional development in literacy. He is a past president of the Canadian Special Interest Group on Literacy and founder and chair of the Indigenous Peoples Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association. He has also been actively involved with the Canadian Network of ILA Councils for many years and remains committed to Literacy and education.

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Garth Brooks
Treasurer

C Garth Brooks taught in elementary schools for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for 35 years before retiring in 1999. Following his career in teaching, Garth joined an international non-government organization, CODE, managing Project Love for 10years and presenting workshops to students and teachers on global education and social justice.

Garth brings extensive experienceserving on the Ottawa-Carleton Local Reading Council and the Ontario Reading Association.  Garth is currently the membership director and newsletter editor for the Canadian Special Interest Group on Literacy (C SIG-L) and organizes the Canadian Reception at the annual conference of the International Reading Association.  Garth is looking forward to working with BCLCILA upon his return to Vancouver and providing its members with valuable, professional programs.

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