PQALS believes...

…that the opporunity to acquire and strengthen literacy, language, and numeracy skills is a right at every age.

…that these skills are key to engaging and living successfully in our print-based, continually evolving society.

…that literacy is a fundamental human right.  It is at the heart of education and essential for lifelong learning.

…each person in our community should have the opportunity to learn, to succeed, and to reach their fullest potential.


Our Work...


PQALS advocates and educates about the need for adult learning within our community. 

We fundraise to help strengthen language services (including ESL, basic literacy, numeracy, and computer skills) delivered through The Tutoring Program (which is an initiative of Central Vancouver Island Job Opportunities Building Society, CVIJOBS)

This includes:

  • Delivery of on-going tutor training sessions, “Tutor Talks”, five sessions annually, focused on topics relevant to tutoring. 
  • Purchasing teaching/learning resources for use of the Tutor Program.
  • Advertising to recruit volunteer tutors and learners.
  • Helping support staff capacity to manage, train, and mentor the work of volunteer tutors. 

The Society

The Parksville Qualicum Adult Literacy Society is a registered charity operating under the Societies Act of British Columbia, Canada. It has approximately 38 voting members and an elected Board of four officers and three directors-at-large.

Parksville Qualicum Adult Literacy Society acknowledges the Qualicum and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations on whose land we reside.