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Lillian Rose Howard, First Nations Elder
Lillian is from the Mowachaht / Muchalaht First Nation and is of Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit ancestry. She has worked for organizations from the local to the national level as an organizer, co-ordinator, researcher, executive manager, advisor and co-chair. Lillian is an Indigenous, Social, and Environmental Justice advocate and is very involved in the reconciliation process.
“What my work is really about is Indigenous identity, and the relationships to our homelands, and our teaching and cultural values” ~ Lillian Howard
Lillian enjoys working with the Indigenous community and the Vancouver Police Department in her capacity as the interim executive director in relationship building and meeting the goals and objectives of the VACPC. She has a passion for participating in the annual Pacific Northwest Canoe Annual Canoe Journeys and is culturally involved whether she lives in the city or her homeland in Nuu-chah-nulth territory on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
Read about Lillian and her book journey here.
Deedee Panesar, Founder
Deedee’s love for books started at a very young age, from her first visit to the neighbourhood library. The library was a quiet space. Later in her teens, she worked at the main library, the first to be computerized in Canada.
The library was inspiring to see everything she could learn. It was extremely humbling. It helped her see how little she knew, and it helped her see that even if she spent her whole life just reading, she would still only know a fraction of knowledge out there.
Deedee is a bibliophile. She loves books. If you love to read as much as she does, walking into a bookstore feels exactly like walking into a candy store as a kid. The shelves are lined with the wisdom of humanity, insights that each author has spent years refining. It’s all right there at your fingertips, condensed into a format that you can curl up with. A book can change your life.
Deedee has been dreaming of constructing little libraries filled with books. She envisions a small community around the library , a place where people, especially children excitedly stop by. wanting to see what new books they can grab and returning some oldies but goodies they’ve taken. It makes her feel great to know that she is helping to promote literacy.
Deedee is an Author, Founder of Truth Tellers Publishing and Member of the Association of Community Members Who Support Our Public Library and the Friends at the Vancouver Public Library.
Martine Perrot, Humanitarian Director
Martine Perrot is a humanitarian who has always sought to make a lasting impact and legacy for generations to come. With the help of this humanitarian project, that dream has become a reality. Perhaps it was kismet that the founder of READ TO LEAD TO SUCCEED Deedee Panesar became her client for a marketing project in the past. Which lead Martine to have ideas for expansion for this project in divine timing. For the expansion of the children, we are guided to serve through this project.
By combining her background in digital marketing, health & fitness, and love for reading – Martine has dedicated all the energy that ever will be and that she will ever have into the intent of creating a lasting impression for how children integrate expansion of their minds, creativity, and healthy eating in order to have a more vibrant, happier, healthier life.
Alicia Iachetta, Education Director
Alicia is currently in her final year of completing her degree at UBC. She is interested in working in the Mental Health sector. She is currently enjoying her degree in psychology and hopes to go to grad school for clinical psychology and gain her Ph.D. to become a therapist. She would like to work with women who are in domestic abuse situations and one of her major goals is to start a non-profit that provides reproductive support and advocacy for women everywhere.
Alicia works for the MS Society in the development department as a coordinator in the non-profit sector. Her interest in the non-profit sector first started at a young age when she became a Youth Ambassador for the JDRF. Alicia has Type 1 Diabetes and with this experience has allowed her to not only advocate for herself, but for kids and teens everywhere who were dealing with a confusing and life-changing diagnosis. She knows that no matter where her life leads her, she has always wanted to help people.
The sustaining power of literacy brings undeniable solace. Beyond the simple comfort reading generates, literacy brings a greater contentment: the knowledge that children can follow their dreams in the waking hours as well as in their sleep. Donate a book. Shape a Life.
Our tiny humans making a difference in our world.
We make the world a better place when we spread happiness. Let’s keep books out of landfills.