Our Path

Our Early Learning vision started with our local school district back in 1999 and although the first focus of Building Learning Together (BLT) was birth to kindergarten age, and their families, we soon widened our offerings to appeal to all ages and to help with the ever-changing digital world.

1999
Vision

The vision started with SD69 and community determination creating “Building Learning Together” (BLT) engagement and collaboration. Early literacy programs started with Mother Goose & Friends in late 1999-2000.

2003

WOW Bus #1

First Words on Wheels (WOW) bus was dreamed up and hit the road with early literacy outreach for young children and families.
2006
Community
Our first Munchkinland Centre was created in partnership with BLT Community Partners, local businesses, OBLT volunteers, students, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Children and Families, and School District 69. This later became one of the templates of programs that was used to design and implement BC StrongStart Centre’s.

2005-2008

Partnerships

In 2005, the Write Place, a community adult literacy non-profit program that was initially a community partner, amalgamated with BLT. In 2008, Oceanside Literacy Network and BLT started their collaborative partnership.

2009
Qualicum Beach
Munchkinlands Opens.
2010
Birth of OBLT
OLN and BLT joined to create a new non-profit: Oceanside Building Learning Together Society.
2010
Storybook Village
Storybook Village Opens.
2012
BLT2Go Bus
BLT2Go bus for technology literacy for the adult years and beyond.

2012

Family Place
Munchkinland Exploration Centre opens in Family Place.
2018
Future Planning
OBLT’s first five-year Strategic Plan in place.

1999

Vision

The vision started with SD69 and community determination creating “Building Learning Together” (BLT) engagement and collaboration. Early literacy programs started with Mother Goose & Friends in late 1999-2000.

WOW Bus #1

First Words on Wheels (WOW) bus was dreamed up and hit the road with early literacy outreach for young children and families.

2003

2006

Community
Our first Munchkinland Centre was created in partnership with BLT Community Partners, local businesses, OBLT volunteers, students, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Children and Families, and School District 69. This later became one of the templates of programs that was used to design and implement BC StrongStart Centre’s.

Partnerships

In 2005, the Write Place, a community adult literacy non-profit program that was initially a community partner, amalgamated with BLT. In 2008, Oceanside Literacy Network and BLT started their collaborative partnership.

2005-2008

2009

Qualicum Beach

Munchkinland Opens.

Birth of OBLT

OLN and BLT joined to create a new non-profit: Oceanside Building Learning Together Society.

2010

2010

Storybook Village

Storybook Village Opens.
BLT2Go Bus

BLT2Go bus for technology literacy for the adult years and beyond.

2012

2013

Family Place

Munchkinland Exploration Centre opens in Family Place.
Future Planning
OBLT’s first five-year Strategic Plan in place.

2018

All along the way, we have listened and observed, grown and adapted.
We have become a place to learn, find resources and support for our community. None of this could have been done without the visionary support of School District 69 and the dedication of countless community volunteers along the way.

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” 

– Henry Ford

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