Volunteer Literacy Tutoring

This program helps adults develop their basic reading, writing, oral language, and math skills. It is a free program offered to anyone 19 years of age or older. Students can join the program anytime between September and May. Students work one-to-one with a volunteer tutor, focusing on their goals and learning at their own pace. 

I need tutoring

This program is for you if you: 

  • are 19 years or older 
  • need one-to-one help with reading, writing, speaking, or basic math 
  • need to improve these skills for school, for work, for home, or to get into another program 
  • can meet in-person or online 
  • need flexible learning times 

Get started

Contact the literacy instructor at your nearest campus to get started.

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I would like to become a tutor

What is required of tutors?

  • Volunteer tutors must complete an application form, provide references, provide consent for a criminal record check (some campuses) and meet with a staff from the tutoring program for an intake meeting
  • Tutors must participate in free tutor-training sessions
  • Tutors set up their volunteer schedules based on their availability and that of their students, ideally meeting once or twice per week for a minimum of 6 months
  • Tutoring sessions could be in-person at designated meeting areas, or online, or a combination of in-person and online sessions
  • Tutors create a student-centered environment and help the student work towards their learning goals
  • Tutors spend time in advance planning their sessions
  • Tutors provide regular reports to the instructor

You are eligible to be a tutor if you:

  • are an adult who enjoys working with other adults  
  • are proficient in the English language and/or basic math 
  • can commit to weekly tutoring sessions for a minimum of 6 months 
  • can be flexible to accommodate student schedule needs 
  • want to contribute to your community 

Get started

Contact a literacy instructor at your nearest campus to get started.

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Contact us

Get started today by contacting a literacy instructor at your nearest campus:


Rene Dahms

Adult Upgrading – Literacy Instructor
Office: Business Building 216B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4244
AACP instructor Rene Dahms

I joined Okanagan College in 2004 as an Adult Literacy Instructor and worked initially at the Salmon Arm Campus. I was a founding member of The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) in 2009. I’m a people person so my favourite part of being an Instructor is the connection with my students. The things I love most in my life are my family, my chocolate Lab, Bear, travel, reading and the “pinch-me-I-live-here” moments of residing and working in Kelowna.

B.Ed, Emergent Literacy/Primary Program, University of British Columbia
BA, English and History, Simon Fraser University


For Summerland contact Brianne Niznikowski
For Osoyoos/Oliver/OK Falls contact Amanda MacLeod


Brianne Niznikowski

Adult Upgrading – Literacy Instructor
Office: Ashnola Building 114
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3331
AACP instructor Brianne Niznikowski

I began my career with Okanagan College's Adult Upgrading department in 2015. I teach English literacy and numeracy and also facilitate the Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor Program. What I love the most about teaching adult literacy is connecting with students and helping them transform their lives. When I am not teaching, I am spending time with friends and family enjoying all that the Okanagan has to offer.


B.Ed, Education, University of British Columbia Okanagan
BA, History, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Amanda MacLeod

Academic Upgrading - Literacy Instructor
Office: Sunoka Building A01B
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3230

I am a new member of the Okanagan College team, having moved to Penticton in 2021. Prior to joining the Adult Upgrading department, I taught in Toronto with the Toronto District School Board for 15+ years. I am currently an English and Literacy Instructor and I facilitate CALP. It is so rewarding to witness the growth and difference that these programs are making in the lives of our students!

B.Ed, Junior/Intermediate/Senior; York University & Queen's University
BA Kinesiology, English Minor; University of Western Ontario


Chandra McCann

Adult Upgrading – Literacy Instructor
Office: Main Building C303
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2311
McCann, Chandra

I became a volunteer literacy tutor at the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College in 2007. In 2008, I began working as the VLT Program Assistant, and as a support person for students with disabilities. I have been teaching Fundamental English and working as the VLT Program Instructor since 2013, and teaching Fundamental Math since 2018. 

B.Ed, French, University of Toronto
BA, French, University of Toronto
Learner-Centred Instructor Certificate, Okanagan College

Salmon Arm

Adult Upgrading

  • If you are interested in Adult Upgrading English courses (not tutoring), then please contact Tracy Riley.
  • There is no Adult Upgrading tutoring available at this time on the Salmon Arm campus. Please see ESLSAP for ESL tutoring support.

English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP)

  • If you are interested in English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring or ESL Practice Groups, then please contact Olia Bullen.


Tracy Riley

Adult Upgrading – Literacy Instructor & Coordinator
Office: Salmon Arm Building 148
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8235
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Bachelor of Arts, Trinity Western University
Bachelor of Education, Simon Fraser University
TESOL, Vancouver Community College
Master of Arts, UBC

Olia Bullen

CS - OC Wide Contracts
Office: Salmon Arm Building 005A
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8237
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Aaron Orlando

Adult Upgrading – Literacy Instructor
Office: Revelstoke Building 102
Campus: Revelstoke
Phone: 250-837-4235 ext. 6516
AACP instructor Aaron Orlando

I am the instructor for AACP English, Adult Literacy and the ESL Settlement Program instructor at Okanagan College's Revelstoke Centre. I have worked as a professional journalist and editor in the Kootenay and Columbia regions for the past 14 years. I am currently the editor of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine and its sister publication revelstokemountaineer.com. I have received awards for investigative journalism and historical writing and my freelance work has been published in a variety of outlets.