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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.

Free Movie Event at Salmar Classic Theatre

“Sensitive: The Untold Story” Movie Event

In Partnership with Okanagan College, LASS is co-presenting a free showing of the movie “Sensitive: The Untold Story” on Friday, April 28th at 10:00 am at the Salmar Classic Theatre in Salmon Arm.

Do you cry easily? Do you often get accused of over-reacting or being too sensitive? Do you have a high degree of empathy? Do you find that good and bad things affect you more deeply than those around you? You might be one of the 20 percent of the population who are highly sensitive individuals, an often misunderstood physiological trait examined in depth in the new documentary “Sensitive: The Untold Story”.

923950This ground-breaking documentary about the temperament trait of high sensitivity found in 20% of the population in both men and women is based on the findings of bestselling author-psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron (“The Highly Sensitive Person”). It explores not only what it means to be an HSP but also what it means to teach them, work with them, raise them, and love them.

Early Childhood Educators are able to receive a certificate for professional development hours!

The event is being promoted to School District No. 83 staff as a Professional Development opportunity as well as to LASS members and volunteers and to students in the Foundational Program Department at Okanagan College.

Tracy Riley, one of the instructors in the Foundational Programs Department, will lead a group discussion after the movie. There will also be door prizes, information sheets, coffee, tea, and a light snack!

RSVP to Tracy Riley by Monday, April 24 at or 250-832-2126 ext. 8326.

LASS AGM & Volunteer Tea 2017


LASS would like to honour all of our amazing volunteers, donors, members, and supporters at this year’s Volunteer Tea & AGM.

  • where: District Education Services Centre (DESC) in Salmon Arm
  • when: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 3pm to 4pm
  • why: because we love our volunteers!

We couldn’t do the valuable literacy work we do without our wonderful volunteers. Please allow us to thank you in person.

RSVP by Tuesday, April 11, 2017 to Darcy Calkins 250-463-4555 or

4th Annual Team Spelling Bee

Our 4th Annual Team Spelling Bee Fundraiser for community literacy programs and initiatives is fast approaching!

Will the SilverQuacks reign supreme, or will another team take the glory?

If you have been thinking about taking part in the fun but are concerned about spelling in a crowd, this is not that type of spelling bee. Here is why you want to be there:

  • Teams sit together at a table and discuss the correct spelling. Then the team captain writes the team’s choice on a piece of paper and submits it to the judge. No one spells alone (or aloud)!
  • You get to dress up as a team and make a really cool team name, such as Bar-beez, the Spell Checkers, or the Pollinators (sorry, these names are already taken).
  • Breakfast is included! All you can drink coffee! Need I say more?

The SilverQuacks doctors’ hockey team won the 2016 Spelling Bee, beating two-time champs the Kween Beez!

If you want to support literacy programming in the North Okanagan-Shuswap but can’t make it to the event, you can sponsor a single participant or a whole team of students or volunteers! As this is a fundraiser, we also welcome donations of any size without the need to take part in the event.

Each eligible sponsor receives a charitable tax receipt for their donation amount minus the cost of breakfast ($15 per person). Here are the sponsorship levels:

  • Queen Bee sponsorship at $1000 per team ($125 per participant). Receive your company’s logo on all materials and shout outs on social media and at the event.
  • Bumble Bee sponsorship at $800 per team ($100 per participant). Receive your name on all materials and shout outs on social media and at the event.

If you do not have a full team of participants we can help with that!

Sign up by Monday, April 24, 2017!

Download form here—->   LASS_Team_Spelling_Bee_Registration_Form_2017_fillable

Unplug & Play 2017

LogoDuring Unplug & Play Family Literacy Week in January each year, children and their families are encouraged to disconnect from electronics and spend more time playing and interacting with each other.

LASS, in partnership with many community organizations, plans an annual community literacy celebration of events that encourages families to build literacy by reconnecting and playing. Local organizations and businesses throughout the North Okanagan-Shuswap host free events for families. Some examples of events include: family storytime, family skating, family swim, books and skating with the Silverbacks and/or Eagles, sliding party, curling, yoga, a magic show, and many more!

**Don’t miss out getting your raffle tickets at Unplug & Play events you attend to help us raise funds for our literacy programs! Simply visit the LASS volunteer with the book giveaways at each event.

Click on an event to see all the details, including locations and times!

Eventbrite - "Free Range Kids" Community Presentation with Lenore SkenazyClick the green button to register for the “Free Range Kids” with Lenore Skenazy special community presentation taking place on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:30pm at Salmon Arm Secondary – Sullivan Campus!

Jam the GM 2017

The 2017 Jam the GM Children’s Book Drive takes place throughout the month of January. The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) and Salmon Arm GM are challenging community members to “Jam the GM” with donations of gently used children’s books. All books will be distributed to local organizations that provide services for families to then be taken home by children in the North Okanagan-Shuswap.


2016 Jam the GM kick-off event at Salmon Arm GM

The kickoff for this event will happen on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 10:00am at the Salmon Arm GM dealership. Join LASS and our community partners for a story time party with Ardie Burnham, the ORL Youth Services Librarian. Bring your gently used children’s books to “Jam the GM”!


Book donations are accepted at the Salmon Arm GM showroom throughout the month of January as well as at the Enderby Library (clearly bag and label books for donation), and there are several book collection points in Sicamous.

The truck will then head to the Sicamous Eagles game on Saturday, January 14 and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks game on Friday, January 20 to collect book donations from hockey fans.

You can also “Jam the GM” at Piccadilly Mall during Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week (January 21 to January 28, 2017). The GM truck will be in parked in front of the Salmon Arm Library for the week.

Drop-Off Locations:

  • Salmon Arm GM (month of January)
  • Enderby Library (bag and clearly mark “LASS” or “Jam the GM”; month of January)
  • Eagle Valley Community Resource Centre (month of January)
  • Sicamous Health Unit (month of January)
  • Sicamous & District Recreation Centre (month of January)
  • Sicamous Eagles home game (Jan. 14)
  • Salmon Arm Silverbacks home game (Jan. 20)
  • Piccadilly Mall (Jan. 21-28)
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.