Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society
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.