Meet Our Team

The employees of Oceanside Building Learning Together bring a wealth of experience, education and enthusiasm.

Each staff member feels passionately about literacy and the need to offer accessible programs to those from babies to our respected seniors. Please take a few minutes to find out more about OBLT’s valued employees, their favourite quotes and see what makes them tick!

Hover your mouse over the team pictures to see who we’ve become!

Judi Malcolm

OBLT Manager  Daughter, Sister, Momma, Grandma, Wife, Auntie, Friend. Mexican foodie. Mandala artist, writer, emerging water colourist, overall optimist with a side of humour. Passionate about community. engagement and collaboration.

“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.”       

George Elliston

Heather Kinley

Assistant to the Manager   Adventurer, Life-long volunteer. Writer.  Enthusiast of just about anything. Off the beaten path traveler. Non-profit champion. News junkie. Pragmatic optimist. Wife, Mom, Nana and friend.

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

Maya Angelou

Brenna Landry

Administrative Assistant    Mom of two girls. Camper. Explorer. Coffee drinker. Bookworm. Optimist. Board game enthusiast. Carb connoisseur. Snuggler. Hogwarts applicant. List maker. Kayaker. Wife, Daughter, Sister, and Friend.

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

Angela Schwindt

Bryce Parry

Bookkeeper   Father of twins. Island born and raised. VIU ABT Certificate focus on Computers/Accounting. Technology inclined. Likes to be social with friends and family.

Brian Collicott

TLC Coordinator   Tolkien lore master, tech nerd, nature walker, armchair historian, cat servant, loves starting home projects, can’t watch scary scenes in movies.

“One of the best things about getting older is constantly discovering that kindness is the most important quality we can cultivate.”  

Brian Collicott

Gerry Barnum

Music Program Coordinator    Music in motion… Pretty much sums it up for me. On the go, fast or slow…movin’, groovin’ toe tapping, have some fun…To be shared! Feel the beat. Let’s do this thing!!

“Well that’s that for that then.” 

Gerry Barnum

Chris Peters

Program Facilitator    Play enthusiast. Nature buff. Painter. Dreamer. Hugger. Lender of shoulders and hands. Cool mom. Adoring wife. Loyal friend. Living in gratitude.

Thousands of Reasons

 If every morning, you can find a reason to say, “Yes, it’s going to be a beautiful day.”

And every day, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.”

And every night, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it was a beautiful day.”

Then one day, you’ll look back and easily say, “Yes…it was a beautiful life.”

By Doe Zantamata

Geraldine Elliott

Program Facilitator/Cultural Liaison    Teacher. Student. Mother. Friend. Nature lover. Tree hugger. Plant medicine enthusiast. Creatrix. Moon gazer. Ecstatic dancer. Explorer.

“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams…”   

Arthur O’Shaughnessy

 

Odette Herr

Program Facilitator    Wearer of many different hats. Mother. Wife. Daughter. Sister. Neighbour. Educator. Colleague. Friend. I am always here for you!

Shoot for the moon but even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

Attributed to Norman Vincent Peale

Melanie Swanson

Program Facilitator   Mother of three. Gramma of one. Happy camper. Adventure lover. Lifelong learner. Excited to share my journey with all.

“Whatever comes, let it come.  What stays, let it stay. Whatever goes, let go.”

H.W.L. Poonja

Kerry Findlay

Stone Soup Café Coordinator  East coast born and bred; West coast adopted. Wife, mother, daughter, sister. Special needs educator. Movement. Music. Laughter. Listener. Chai tea lover. Young at heart.

“As times goes on, you’ll understand.  What lasts, lasts. And what doesn’t. Doesn’t.
Time solves most things and what time can’t solve; you have to solve yourself.”

Haruki Murakama

Judi Malcolm

OBLT Manager   Daughter, Sister, Momma, Grandma, Wife, Auntie, Friend. Mexican foodie. Mandala artist, writer, emerging water colourist, overall optimist with a side of humour. Passionate about community. engagement and collaboration.

“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.”

George Elliston

Heather Kinley

Assistant to the Manager   Adventurer, Life-long volunteer. Writer.  Enthusiast of just about anything. Off the beaten path traveler. Non-profit champion. News junkie. Pragmatic optimist. Wife, Mom, Nana and friend.

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

Maya Angelou

Brenna Landry

Administrative Assistant    Mom of two girls. Camper. Explorer. Coffee drinker. Bookworm. Optimist. Board game enthusiast. Carb connoisseur. Snuggler. Hogwarts applicant. List maker. Kayaker. Wife, Daughter, Sister, and Friend.

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”

Angela Schwindt

Bryce Parry

Bookkeeper   Father of twins. Island born and raised. VIU ABT Certificate focus on Computers and Accounting. Technology inclined. Likes to be social with friends and family.

Brian Collicott

TLC Coordinator    Tolkien lore master, tech nerd, nature walker, armchair historian, cat servant, loves starting home projects, can’t watch scary scenes in movies.

“One of the best things about getting older is constantly discovering that kindness is the most important quality we can cultivate.”

Brian Collicott

Gerry Barnum

Music Program Coordinator    Music in motion… Pretty much sums it up for me. On the go, fast or slow…movin’, groovin’ toe tapping, have some fun…To be shared! Feel the beat. Let’s do this thing!!

“Well that’s that for that then.”

Gerry Barnum

Chris Peters

Program Facilitator    Play enthusiast. Nature buff. Painter. Dreamer. Hugger. Lender of shoulders and hands. Cool mom. Adoring wife. Loyal friend. Living in gratitude.

Thousands of Reasons

If every morning, you can find a reason to say, “Yes, it’s going to be a beautiful day.”

And every day, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.”

And every night, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it was a beautiful day.”

Then one day, you’ll look back and easily say, “Yes…it was a beautiful life.”

By Doe Zantamata

Geraldine Elliott

Program Facilitator/Cultural Liaison    Teacher. Student. Mother. Friend. Nature lover. Tree hugger. Plant medicine enthusiast. Creatrix. Moon gazer. Ecstatic dancer. Explorer.

“We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams…”

Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Odette Herr

Program Facilitator     Wearer of many different hats. Mother. Wife. Daughter. Sister. Neighbour. Educator. Colleague. Friend. I am always here for you!

“Shoot for the moon but even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”.

Attributed to Norman Vincent Peale

Melanie Swanson

Program Facilitator     Mother of three. Gramma of one. Happy camper. Adventure lover. Lifelong learner. Excited to share my journey with all.

“Whatever comes, let it come. What stays, let it stay. Whatever goes, let go”.

H.W.L. Poonja

Kerry Findlay

Stone Soup Café Coordinator    East coast born and bred; West coast adopted. Wife, mother, daughter, sister. Special needs educator. Movement. Music. Laughter. Listener. Chai tea lover. Young at heart.

“As times goes on, you’ll understand. What lasts, lasts. And what doesn’t. Doesn’t.
Time solves most things and what time can’t solve; you have to solve yourself.”

Haruki Murakama

OBLT has been working to build a strong community by developing programs, combining our efforts with other organizations with a common goal to support learning across generations. Our efforts help to develop and operate programs and services to engage and meet the needs of community members from pre-natal to our honoured elders.

We firmly believe that by paying attention to the learner as a whole and celebrating the strengths each of us bring, we unlock the secrets to building long lasting, meaningful and successful community literacy programs.

Join The Team

We have competitive wages with benefits and most of our positions are part time.  We have a very respectful workplace and believe in work-life balance while doing our best to be flexible.

This is what some of our staff say:

“We are part of a multilayered family: our team, our parents and children who come to our programs, their families, the school district family and the community partners family. It is all about being part of a shared vision of discovery.”

“I’m proud to work at OBLT where I can help support a non-profit organization that does incredible work in the community.”

Current Opportunities

There are no job opportunities just now – please check back! 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller

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