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Meet the Literacy Champions

A brand new volunteer position at Digitally Lit, Literacy Champs are book smart, media-savvy youth from across Atlantic Canada tasked with sharing their honest opinion of the Atlantic Canadian books they read with peers. To learn more about who qualifies and how to apply to be a Literacy Champ with us, kindly click here. 
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Fun fact: I love to cook and create my own recipes, I've also been eating plant-based since late September and enjoy converting recipes to be cruelty-free.

My name is Gabby LaPierre and I currently live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


My favourite part of living on the East Coast is being surrounded by the sea. And eating oatcakes of course! Although I've changed a lot since I was little what has always stayed the same was my love of the ocean and reading. I got it from my mother who got it from hers. Books have always been an outlet for my mind to momentarily escape. Between pulling my hair out over school, creating art, and cooking, I'm engrossed in a book to decompress.


I believe it is important to support local authors because it brings the community closer by sharing our culture, places, and stories. This is why I'm so excited to become a Literacy Champion with Digitally Lit and meet like-minded people.


And there's nothing wrong with always being the kid who raises their hand when the teacher asks: "And who thought the book was better than the movie?"

Status: Alumni

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Fun fact:  I love my dogs, I own a cactus, I love arts, and going swimming. I am a pretty competitive person. I am 16 years old

My name is Kayla Christina, and I live in Sackville Nova Scotia. 

Some of the experiences that make me an ideal literacy champion are that I am excellent at thinking outside the box and thinking on the more creative side of things. I have always been great at coming up with my own story ideas especially in my two favourite genres: dystopian fiction and thriller.

Status: Active

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Fun fact:  I am a cat person and currently have two pet cats.

My name is Jessica Murphy and I live in West Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia! I’m currently in grade 12 preparing to go to University in Fall 2021.

Ever since I first learned how to read, I have been reading book after book all from different genres. I inherited my love for reading from my mom. Growing up I remember specifically looking forward to joining my local public library's summer reading program. The program had prizes, and the more books you read the more milestones you reached. I would finish every summer with so many books checked off of my list, it was so rewarding! Now I take my time to enjoy what I read because it is a great way for me to escape. My personal favourite genres are currently graphic/manga but I also enjoy a good fantasy or thriller novel.

What I most look forward to when it comes to being a Literacy Champion is discovering local authors and seeking out new varieties of books. It’s also important to me to keep reading alive among our community to spark some joy in people’s lives – whether that be a book or an ebook you can learn so many new things!

Status: Active