Carrie is a mother of two and has taught students from Kindergarten - Grade 2. She first joined the International Reading Association at her first LOMCIRA Meeting during her first year of teaching in SD#34 (Abbotsford). The commitment to excellence in literacy teaching has endured through her career as a teacher in SD #34, SD#43, SD#39 (Vancouver) and at Simon Fraser University.
Mike Bowden is a principal in the Kamloops school district and 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.
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.