Literacy Without Borders is a federally incorporated non-profit organization based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Our three main goals are to (1) develop global citizens, (2) foster lifelong literacy ambassadors, and (3) improve literacy levels for individuals and families.
Our current projects are focused mainly on developing literacy skills and strengthening community engagement in Belize City, Belize. For more detailed information about our different projects, visit our Projects page.
Jason Bossert, President.
Jason Bossert is a Partner with Foster Park Brokers Inc. Jason works with non-profit organizations providing insurance solutions and assistance with board governance. Outside of work Jason is an active volunteer with Literacy without Borders, Rotary Club of Edmonton, CKUA, NARIMS and various soccer teams in Edmonton and St. Albert.
Raising 5 children, Jason deeply understands the crucial importance literacy plays in development and opportunity for youth. Everyone should have access to literacy tools. From the ability to read for enjoyment to understanding current events, literacy provides access to the world around us. Literacy is the foundation of peaceful, prosperous and sustainable societies.
Casey Edmunds, Secretary.
Casey is the executive director of Francophonie jeunesse de l’Alberta (FJA), Alberta’s francophone youth association, where he works in youth engagement and development for French-speaking youth aged 14 to 25. He is passionate about arts and culture, leadership and all-things French. Through his work with FJA, he works closely with Francophone educators across the province, alongside various youth committees and groups.
“Education is at the crossroads of opportunity and possibility”, this is what I remember from LWB founder, Randy Boissonnault. Having visited Belize a couple times, I witnessed the desperate need for literacy initiatives in Belize. Moreover, the look on a child’s face once they’ve completed another level on the CALS computer program, or finished a chapter in a book is overwhelmingly energizing and encouraging!
Lorraine Enge, Board Member.
Lorraine is a parent, partner, university graduate with two degrees, former collegiate athlete, and volunteer coach, with experience working in an educational environment with marginalized and vulnerable populations. She is passionate about contributing to cutting-edge education projects and programs rooted in social justice and equality frameworks.
With international and local teaching experience, Lorraine hopes to bring practical and theoretical literacy expertise to the Literacy Without Borders team and its projects.
Rain Bossert, Communications Director.
Rain is a fourth-year Professional Communications student at MacEwan University. She is a Marketing Coordinator at Metrix Group LLP, an Alberta-based accounting firm, and works out of their Edmonton office. She is also a member of the MacEwan University Rotaract Club, a part-time receptionist at the MacEwan University Health Centre, and a Program Development Assistant for Mission I’mPossible, a youth-empowerment organization. Rain is eager to make a difference and give back to the global community in as many ways as she can.
Growing up in a family of seven people—four siblings and two parents—Rain has a healthy understanding and respect for how important language literacy is in everyday life and how much it can influence an individual’s future. Rain is in the right place to make connections with younger generations and hopes that this will help bring more awareness to the importance of literacy efforts such as ours.