Oceanside Building Learning Together (OBLT) has been working to build a strong community through its collaborative approach which supports learning across generations. OBLT works to develop programs and services to engage and meet the needs of community members from the pre-natal to our honoured elders.

For many nonprofits, volunteerism plays a central role in an organization’s success. Many of our amazing volunteers offer valuable skills, time, and enthusiasm to ensure our programs and events can take place. They are very important to our organization and we appreciate all that they do and offer. At OBLT we have a small but mighty group of board members of between 6 & 7 people who work together to advocate for the society and support the manager. OBLT is currently looking for committed people in the community who can lend their enthusiasm to a dynamic board. Some board members come to us with specific skills that they can share, others come with a strong interest and the energy and time to contribute. The Board meets once a month and the term for each position is 2 years. Our Annual General Meeting is held each November, with the next one coming up on November 8th.

If you would like to hear more about joining our board members, please email admin@oblt.ca and tell us a little bit about yourself, we would love to hear from you!

Here are some testimonials from a few of our valued board members;

Debbie Mitchell – President

Upon learning about the amazing work that Oceanside Building Learning Together does in the community to enhance lifelong learning through its free early learning and literacy programs I decided I wanted to support the organization in some way. I had many years of volunteering experience with other organizations that I hoped could possibly benefit OBLT so I joined its Board of Directors in 2019 and have sat as the President for the last two years. Being involved with this passionate organization and its dynamic board has been very rewarding and enlightening. The added bonus of having the opportunity to volunteer at some of the programs and special events has allowed me to witness firsthand the benefits they offer to the children and families in the community. When I hear the heartfelt appreciation from parents for the support the programs offer them I feel grateful and honoured to be involved.

Our board is currently looking for new directors. If you have a passion for lifelong learning and literacy and have a few hours a month to spare we would welcome your voice to our team.

Together in learning,

Debbie Mitchell

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do you will never cease to grow.”  Anthony J. D’Angelo

Christine Churchley – Director

Being a director on the board has been for me:

  • a great opportunity to support literacy which happens to be a passion of mine.
  • a chance to work with a professional and friendly group of people connected to a terrific organization who have the well-being of families at their core
  • a way to share skills and experience acquired over the years and a chance to give back to the community.

If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, OBLT is definitely worth a look!

Joanne McNeil – Director

When I retired from teaching in 2013, my husband and I moved to Qualicum Beach.  Being an educator for so many years and in particular, a reading specialist, I wanted to find a connection to literacy and a way to promote it.  Through inquiry, I found Oceanside Building Learning Together (OBLT). I was so impressed with its mission statement, “Enhancing life-long learning by supporting strong family relationships and building community capacity through effective learning opportunities.”   OBLT’s goal to enhance lifelong learning with free early learning and literacy programs for babies through seniors was so impressive to me that I had to become involved. I joined the board in 2015 and in that that time I have held the position of board member, president and past president. The work this nonprofit organization does in our community is so impressive and it has been my honor to be a part of it.