Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society
358 Alexander St. NE
PO Box 54
Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 4N2
The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society promotes literacy in
the North Okanagan-Shuswap area through awareness, collaborative
partnerships, and education in order to enhance the health and
well-being of individuals and the community.
Definition of Literacy
Literacy is an individual’s ability to understand his/her world and function within it.
Literacy is defined as “the ability to understand and employ printed information in daily activities at home, at work and in the community – to achieve
one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.”
(OECD and Statistics Canada, IALS definition of literacy).
Around 40% of adults in BC do not have the literacy skills they need
to achieve their goals, to function and thrive in the modern economy,
and to develop their knowledge and potential.