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!

Scott Beam

OBLT Manager

Erin Matheson

Assistant to the Manager Mix: reading, hiking, biking, and baking. Sprinkle with coffee and chocolate. Bake in fresh air and sunshine. Makes one happy wife, mom, daughter, and friend.

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

-Desiderious Erasmus

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.

“Every morning is a fresh start. Wake up with a thankful heart”

Kristen Butler

Stephanie Cornish

Administrative Assistant  Dancer. Master planner. World traveler. Book worm. Animal lover. Mum. Wife. Daughter. Sister.

“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.”

Martha Graham

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

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

Karen Dziedzic

Program Facilitator    Coffee drinker. Nature seeker. Beach dreamer. Star gazer. Night owl. Mom of girls, wife, sister, daughter, friend. Chatty socializer. Thoughtful listener. Eternal optimist.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”   

Fred Rogers

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

Scott Beam

OBLT Manager

Erin Matheson

Assistant to the Manager  Mix: reading, hiking, biking, and baking. Sprinkle with coffee and chocolate. Bake in fresh air and sunshine. Makes one happy wife, mom, daughter, and friend.

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

Desiderious Erasmus

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.

“Every morning is a fresh start. Wake up with a thankful heart”

Kristen Butler

Stephanie Cornish

Administrative Assistant  Dancer. Master planner. World traveler. Book worm. Animal lover. Mum. Wife. Daughter. Sister.

“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.”

Martha Graham

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

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

Karen Dziedzic

Program Facilitator    Coffee drinker. Nature seeker. Beach dreamer. Star gazer. Night owl. Mom of girls, wife, sister, daughter, friend. Chatty socializer. Thoughtful listener. Eternal optimist.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”   

Fred Rogers

 

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

Part-time Early Childhood Educator/ StrongStart Facilitator

Part-time Early Childhood Educator

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

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