The Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society began with a community meeting back in May 2005. The meeting discussed what was needed to plan a Literacy Now initiative for Fort Nelson. Literacy Now is a government program designed to increase literacy in British Columbia as a lasting legacy of hosting the 2010 Olympic Games.
Organizer Val Keeler initiated a second meeting in January 2006, where 30 key members of the community attended to launch the start of the process.
A task force was formed; Lorraine Gerwing was contracted to prepare a community literacy profile and Val Keeler developed the Community Literacy Plan.
A charitable, non-profit society was to be formed with a coordinator to liaise with existing programs and initiate new literacy projects in the Fort Nelson community.
Julie Wade was hired as the Literacy Coordinator in 2007. Julie sourced additional program funding, secured and set up office space, and began the process of building partnerships for programming in the community.
The society soon hired two of its volunteers (Shayna Dolan as Family Literacy Coordinator and Robyn Chambers as ESL Coordinator) and Carmella Maga as bookkeeper.
With the Society up and running, a grand opening was held on December 1, 2007.
Since then the society has developed into a key community service provider in the Fort Nelson area with partnerships and relationships formed to reach out to the people in our community.