Literacy Matters Abbotsford


Literacy Matters Abbotsford is Abbotsford’s community literacy network. This is a membership of many organizations and programs including the Fraser Valley Regional Library, Abbotsford Community Services, University of the Fraser Valley, and Abbotsford School District to name a few. Literacy Matters Abbotsford is funded by Decoda, through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (see Decoda for more information). The goal of Literacy Matters Abbotsford is to connect literacy services to individuals; to connect services to each other; and to address the literacy gaps in Abbotsford.

Story Walks

Story Walks continue to be a welcome addition to our community. Please wander over to Ellwood Park (near the baseball diamonds) and Mill Lake Park and check out our stories. Be sure to check these locations out to see the new stories. The stories will change every 3 - 4 weeks from spring through to the fall.

Reading Buddies Program 2021 -22

This year's program is just finishing at the end of April 2022 and will resume next fall. .

Reading Buddies is for children in grades 1 - 5 who need some practice with their reading. The Little Buddies are matched with a Big Buddy, a teen or adult, and they meet once a week. The goal of the program is to foster a love of reading.

If you are interested in having your child participate as a Little Buddy please click here for the application package.

If you are a teen, age 15 years or older, and wish to volunteer for this program as a Big Buddy please click here for the application package.

If you are an adult and would like to volunteer for this program as a Big Buddy please click here for the application package. Note that a current criminal record clearance letter will be required.

For more information email Monique Bond, Reading Buddies Coordinator:

Learn About Series

This is our 4th year of running a series for current residents of Abbotsford, people new to Abbotsford and people new to Canada.

In the past we have partnered with Clearbrook Library, City of Abbotsford, Fraser Health, University of the Fraser Valley, and Archway Community Services to provide information on the Abbotsford community. .

Our session on "Positive and Adverse Affects in Childhood - PACEs." was presented by Abigail Kapting'ei, Community Health Specialist Abbotsford, Fraser Health. She challenged us on how to be positive voices in the lives of the children and youth around us.

Our next "Learn About" will be in the fall. Please stay tuned! If you have a particular topic that may be of interest to others in the community, please contact

Read What You Love Community Reading Challenge 2022

Literacy Matters Abbotsford's annual Community Literacy Challenge, “Read What You Love” ran from January 30 – February 19, 2022. We had 350 people participate by reading for 15 minutes a day for 21 days. Thanks to the all our sponsors, volunteers and our partner organizations. It truly does take a village to raise a child.

Please don't stop reading just because the challenge is over!

We look forward to you joining us again next year.

If you have questions about this event, if you have prizes to donate, or you are interested in volunteering to promote literacy in Abbotsford please contact

APALS - Aboriginal Parents as Literacy Supporters

This program is for families with children ages birth to 6 years. The evening starts with a shared meal; a story time with an Elder; and a chance to create a craft and explore games. There is also a short session for parents on how to support their child's growth in literacy.

This program will start up again hopefully in the fall. Please contact for more information.

Indigenous Day Celebration 2021

The celebration was cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

Annual General Meeting 2021 - Everyone welcome

Our Annual General Meeting was held November 18, 1 pm at CORE Annex, 33299 Robertson Avenue. We are always on the look out for volunteers who are interested in supporting literacy work in the community. If you are interested or know someone this may be interested please email