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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 am planning to try and pursue my bachelor of arts concurrently with a paralegal

My name is Kennedy Burrell (They/them) and I am a grade 12 student from Riverview, New Brunswick.
I have grown up as an avid reader, and found myself getting lost in books. Thankfully, although I was bad at returning them, the library always had tons of interesting books among the shelves.
As of right now, my time for reading is much lower than preferred, as I own and run my small business and I am getting prepared to move to Halifax in order to attend Saint Mary’s University.
What most excites me about being a literary champion is being able to take up reading again, and being able to explore the works of local authors while doing so.

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Fun fact: I can currently play 4 instruments. Piano, guitar, ukulele, and most percussion instruments. 

Hi! My name is Jane Tucker and I currently live in Antigonish Nova Scotia but previously I have lived in Ottawa Ontario and more recently Corner Brook Newfoundland. 

Since as long as I can remember I have loved stories, be them read, watched or shared verbally. Outside of my love for reading I am an artistic swimmer and have a love for baking just about anything. My favourite genres would have to be fantasy and dystopia but truthfully I will read just about anything. 

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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: 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: Alumni

    Fun fact:  I'm really interested in plants and love taking care of my African Violet at home. I really wanna own my own herb and flower garden.

    My name is Luna Robichaud. I'm almost 16 and I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Every second weekend I spend in Sackville Nova Scotia with my father.  I decided to take on as a Literacy Champion as it seems like a good fit for my high school co-op placement.


    Since my teacher introduced me to Digitally Lit I am intrigued by the organization's inclusiveness and how all the books are centred around authors based in Atlantic Canada. Honestly I never even knew there were so many books written by Atlantic Canadian Authors! 


    My reading and art have always been something my mother encourages me to do since I enjoyed it so much. I have almost a dozen sketchbooks, lots of books and almost 10 or so notebooks for writing down ideas for my own creative fiction. I accidentally read through my English classes in junior high because the books I was reading were so interesting and a nice break from my chaotic and loud classroom. My favorite genres are Dystopian apocalyptic, Sci-fi, and  Fantasy. I also love being outdoors and in quiet forest areas, above all else, I love to read my books surrounded by nature.

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      Fun fact: I’ve won the Helen Creighton Scary Story Writing Contest five times and I do kickboxing  

      My name is Pippin Leck! (They/them) I am a Co-op student from Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth. I was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, but spent much of my early childhood living overseas and traveling with my parents and brother. We moved back when I was 5 years old.


      My parents always encouraged me to read and explore my creativity. I have many good memories of reading Lord of the Rings with my dad when I was 8 and my mom reading Harry Potter to me and my brother during road trips when we were kids.  


      I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember. My dream is to one day get published and make a living off my books. When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading books like, The Hunger Games, The 5th Wave Trilogy and The Maze Runner series. I also love watching movies and TV shows, going camping and hiking with my Venturer troop and listening to music. 


      I’m excited to make connections and meet amazing writers!

      Status: Active

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      Fun fact: I’m an activist and enjoy public speaking and going out of my comfort zone

      Hi! I’m homeschooled in the Maritimes. Reading has always been a huge part of my life. My twin sister and I would always spend a large portion of our day just reading.


      I am fluent in English and Arabic and I’m learning Turkish and French. Other than reading, I  also love sports (especially basketball), writing poetry, being in nature, baking, painting (and other forms of art, though I’m not the best, it's one of my hobbies), playing piano, studying, and spending time with family and friends. I love reading both nonfiction and fiction books.


      I believe that good books have the special ability to transport the reader into a magical world filled with adventure and good morals. I think that every book has a unique message for those that care enough to understand it. There is always something you can learn from the characters even if they are fictitious.

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