The Surrey White Rock Literacy Task Group is a community alliance that coordinates and integrates literacy work in Surrey and White Rock.

Across British Columbia, there are 102 community literacy task groups that are made up of literacy organizations, school districts, public libraries, colleges and universities, service providers and others.

Any organization or person who offers literacy services or is interested in literacy can join our task group. Read our Terms of Reference here or contact us.

We work together to improve literacy for all people in our communities by:

sharing information and resources

identifying local literacy needs

finding creative ways to address community literacy challenges

Programs and Workshops

Read With Kids

Our Read with Kids presentation is a free workshop for parents/caregivers on how to encourage reading with children. Books and resources are given to each adult and child. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Book Buddies

READ Surrey/White Rock Society has partnered with School District 36 (SD36) and SFU Community Engagement Centre for a free one-to-one afterschool reading program for children in grades 2-4 at a high-needs school in Surrey, with funding supported by Decoda Literacy Solutions.

Introduction to Family Literacy

In partnership with Surrey Libraries and SD36, READ Surrey/White Rock Society offers a free 12-hour workshop that teaches frontline literacy workers how to incorporate family literacy into their work.

Plain Language Workshop

This 2-hour online workshop covers how to plan, write, edit, and design documents using clear language and design principles. Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on practice, learn how to use simple language to reach a wider audience.

Past attendees have enjoyed the exercises and helpful tips:

The workshop is very helpful and informative. I can use what I learned in my daily work.


Thanks for the course! I'm excited to get to revise our marketing materials and website information.


From what I learned today, I can write more precise, straight to the point documents with better arrangements in the layout.

Literacy task group members

If you want to find out more about literacy around the province, visit Decoda Literacy Solutions. Decoda is BC’s provincial literacy organization.

There are many literacy programs and services available. Sometimes trying to find them all is difficult. Here are two places you can try:

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