Members of the Literacy Matters … Abbotsford committee have been meeting since 2005. During this time, they have articulated their Terms of Reference, Bold Aspiration Statements, Definition of Literacy, Mission Statement, and Vision Statement (Abbotsford Literacy Asset Inventory Research Report, 2007). Literacy Matters Association Abbotsford comprises a broad representation of community perspectives through a variety of associations.
In early 2007, the Literacy Matters … Abbotsford committee contracted a research team to map the literacy assets in Abbotsford. In May, 2007, the research team presented the committee with their report, Abbotsford Literacy Asset Inventory Research Report, detailing the literacy assets per neighbourhood, as stratified by age groups, in four domains: adult basic education, English as second language, early learning, and workplace literacy. By consolidating this data with local socio-economic maps, completed by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), this report provides compelling and comprehensive evidence of the literacy strengths, gaps, and opportunities in Abbotsford and substantially supports the rationale for the Community Literacy Plan directives. In 2008, a community literacy coordinator was hired to implement the Community/District literacy plan and Literacy Matters Association Abbotsford became a non profit society.