“Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society.”
-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).



Adult Computer Classes provide adults and seniors an opportunity to learn about new technologies and computer programs. These classes cover the basics of internet use, email access, and social media to increase confidence and skills in a technology driven world. These workshops provide the necessary tools to increase awareness and usage of the facilities and resources available at the BCSA CAP site.

Adult Learning Workshops provide access to educational opportunities in Bamfield, including financial literacy and ageing. These workshops bring in experts and specialists of different fields into Bamfield to educate and assist the adult residents.

The After School Club is a program run in collaboration with the Huu-ay-aht First Nation to encourage learning outside the classroom. Once a week the BCSA hosts the After School Club, providing a fun environment for the youth of Bamfield and Anacla to learn, socialize and grow as individuals. Activities vary week to week but may include homework help, snack time, arts and crafts, physical activities, cooking and other life skills.

Bamfield Community Literacy Plan is organized by the BCSA and works to facilitate many different programs, activities, and initiatives to meet the literacy needs of the community. The literacy programs developed in the past year have increased the number of participants engaging in reading and writing, which is due in part to the Decoda Literacy Solutions grant.

Book Purchases
The BCSA with the help of the Time Colonist Raise a Reader grant purchased a brand new collection of preschool and school-aged children’s books, including those with Aboriginal content, for the classroom and Library.

Book Purchases for the Adult Library
The BCSA has purchased a variety of library resources in many forms, including DVD’s, audio books, and novels for adults as part of the Bamfield Community Library permanent collection.

Buddy Reading 
This program runs throughout the school year. Community members are invited to join students for half an hour of reading. This program has been a great success – bringing together adults and students to share, learn and enjoy literacy! Buddy Reading happens throughout the school year, Monday- Thursday.

Community Access Program provides free computer and internet access for community members and visitors to use, as well as assistance, cyber camps and computer workshops. Additionally the CAP Site offers services such as printing and faxing for a small charge. The CAP Site is open Monday-Friday from 9am until 4:30pm.

Community Cookbook
The BCSA has published a Community Cookbook to provide the community with an archive of recipes, pictures, and art that represents Bamfield and Anacla. The cookbooks are sold at the BCSA office and at various events throughout the year.

Family Literacy Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the BCSA. With past occasions marked by community assemblies, pancake breakfasts, literacy games, book swaps, buddy-readings, and literacy-related prizes the whole community comes together to celebrate and promote literacy among residents of all ages.

Fungus Festival is an annual event that invites people of all ages and abilities to Bamfield for four days of guided mushroom tours, mushroom cooking contests, and mushroom identification and picking workshops from some of Canada’s most knowledgeable mycologists.

My Bamfield Photography Contest is organized to encourage residents of all ages to submit their favourite photographs as part of a contest. The best photograph in each category will be determined by a panel of judges and an award will be given to the winner of each respective category.

Music By The Sea Kids Concerts invite children and community members to listen to world class musicians as they rehearse at the Community School. These informal music concerts expose the children and community members to superior music and instruments and allows them to interact in an informal setting with these musicians.

Oysters, Authors & Ale is an annual event to raise awareness about literacy. The event showcases local artists work, offers ale tastings, and of course oysters to promote a positive and inclusive community with the common goal of promoting literacy. Funds raised go towards the organization and planning of literacy initiatives and programs.

The School Garden project aims to educate students about the process of bringing food to the table, particularly for vegetables that grow in a greenhouse. Ethnobotany professionals from BMSC work with the students throughout the school year and summer months via Summer Day Camps.

The Short Story and Poetry Competition is the perfect opportunity for residents to showcase their interest in writing. With a youth and adult category, all residents are encouraged to participate by writing either a short story or poem on a given topic. The submissions are reviewed by several judges and the winner for each category is invited to read their poem or short story at Oysters, Authors & Ale. This event has and continues to provide individuals with the chance to write and share their poetry or short story with others, and encourages them to continue writing.

Spring Break Activities provide fun and educational activities for children over the spring break. The activities included a craft, sports activity, and literacy development.

Summer Day Camps provide fun and educational activities for the children of Bamfield and Anacla, as well as visiting children and their parents over the summer holidays. We partner with various community organizations, including the Bamfield Marine Science Centre, Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Community Affairs, to offer a wide range of activities including art, music, science, and theatre.

Vancouver Island Regional Library & Bamfield Community Library has been a BCSA supported service since 1998, ensuring the community receives current literacy support and has a space where people can enjoy a cup of tea, read a book or hold a meeting. The library provides children, youth and adults with literacy materials; making available book collections, videos and DVDs, audio recordings and magazines, as well as health, business and academic resources. The Library is open Monday-Friday from 9am until 4:30pm.To find out more about these programs, or to suggest a program please contact the BCSA.