As a former first grade teacher, literacy consultant, and a founder and current Executive Director of Calgary Reads, Steacy Collyer has spent her entire adult life ensuring that children learn to read. She and some friends started Calgary Reads on her kitchen table in response to her personal concern at the alarming rate of children who failed to read properly or had parents who didn’t read to them.
Ever the “possibilitarian,” Steacy has nurtured Calgary Reads from two classrooms in Valley View School to a provincial organization with a strong presence in Calgary, Edmonton, Rocky View County, and rural southern Alberta (though she will tell you she had a lot of help!). She has brought together unlikely collaborators from education, healthcare, business, the Calgary Food Bank, and other nonprofits to bring equity to children’s literacy learning opportunities.
As a leader, educator and connector with over 30 years of cross-sector experience, she is also involved with Leadership Calgary, Junior League of Calgary, and the First 2000 Days Network. Steacy co-chairs the United Way Council of Champions and has volunteered with the Calgary Stampede for nearly two decades. She feels privileged to have been a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and recognized as one of 150 women to have impacted Calgary in the YWCA Calgary’s “She Who Dares” Canada 150 project.
Not content with being a Little Free Library steward, Steacy decided to create the world’s biggest Little Free Library by converting her old house to the Children’s Reading Place.
Steacy is a passionate reader, lifelong community volunteer and—most importantly—proud mom of three daughters who are her best teachers. She is relentless in ensuring that every child reads with confidence and joy and that Calgary is a community that values reading.