Meet Our Staff

Rebecca Dixon (she/her)

Director of Literacy and Settlement Services


Areas of Responsibility and/or Oversight:

Volunteer intake; Learner intake; Volunteer activity coordination; CALP class coordination; Virtual Class support; Learner Outreach Coordination and reporting

Programs/Projects Led:

Little Library Coordination; Community Events, Guest Speakers, and Activities for Learners; WDDEP Project Assistant

Rebecca is a former elementary school teacher with 11 years’ experience. She was hired to Klitsa Tutoring in 2018, and soon transitioned to Literacy Service Coordinator for LAS. Rebecca coordinates language and technology classes, facilitates one-to-one tutoring partnerships, and teaches an advanced English language class. As a lifelong learner, she is thrilled to be a part of a literacy organization and is excited to help adults achieve their learning goals.

Rebecca finds reading to be a source of entertainment & refuge. In her free time, she enjoys reading, arts & crafts, and yoga.

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." - James Baldwin

Marilyn Gibson (she/her)

English Language Class Coordinator & Instructor


Areas of Responsibility and/or Oversight:

EAL/ELL Class Coordination; EAL/ELL Class content & teaching

Programs/Projects Led:

Cooking Class, Community Events & Activities for Learners

Marilyn has worked with Literacy Alberni since being hired in September 2006 as the first Literacy Coordinator. Her current role includes English language instruction, cooking classes, coordinating class schedules and learners, and more recently, the transition to facilitating online classes from our virtual classroom.

“I help [newcomers] adjust to the new ways and customs of the Canadian way of life. Teaching English is my number one job, but I also talk about the traditions of Canada – we do pumpkin carving, plant spring hanging baskets, and talk about foods that are often eaten at special times of the year – general information to help them adapt to the new way of life – but never forgetting their background and always being proud of their heritage and to be able to share some of their customs with us.”

Marilyn was born in Derby, England where she trained as a teacher before emigrating to Canada in 1974. She worked as a teacher in SD70, has raised two boys, and is an avid volunteer for the AV Bulldogs and the Black Sheep Rugby Club, and is a Lifetime Member of the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association. Her primary hobbies are sewing, altering, and creating clothing, and spending time with her three grandchildren.

Val Baggaley (she/her)

English Language Class Coordinator & Instructor


Tania Radkova (she/her)

Program Assistant


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