The Rev. Patrick Blaney
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The Community Development and Outreach (CDO) department at Capilano University has been nominated by the Baha’i Community of West Vancouver for the “Unity in Diversity” award ( in recognition of the work that CDO does in the North Shore.

One of the programs included in this work is the Queen Mary Family Learning Program* hosted by St. John the Evangelist Anglican church with the invaluable involvement of its volunteers led by Linda Harrison. This literacy program focuses on parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children living in one of the poorest neighbourhoods on the North Shore.

Although the North Shore is often considered a privileged community, there remains much hidden poverty and social isolation. CDO believes that to be a healthy and caring community, we need every single person’s gifts and voice. Literacy approaches are an excellent way of bringing diverse people together and supporting them to know their gifts and use their voice.

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*This program is delivered in partnership with  St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Queen Mary Elementary School, Capilano University, North Shore Neighbourhood House, City of North Vancouver Library and the North Shore Multicultural Society.