President: Cathy Graham
Orillia and District Literacy Council
Cathy has been the program manager for Orillia & District Literacy council since 2010.
She was a volunteer tutor from 2001 - 2004 as well as an assistant student/tutor coordinator from 2004 - 2010. She was part of the Simcoe County Family Network from 1997 - 2004 where she maintained a database of over 100 families. She also worked with the Medically Fragile Steering Committee where she created a new program and hired staff. Cathy was on the Special Education Advisory Committee from 2000-2004, advising on issues of policy. And she chaired the Simcoe Muskoka Literacy Network - Training and Development Committee from 2004 - 2011 chairing meetings and assisting in organizing training events.
In the course of her working life, she has had many occasions to use marketing, human resources and public relations skills, especially while operating her own catering business. In her current position she is responsible for all fund raising and has added 2 very successful events. Cathy has excellent communication skills, both oral and written, as well as a demonstrated ability to multi-task. Being with a literacy organization for many years she has a deep understanding of the learners and the issues facing them and the agencies they attend.
She hopes to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing literacy programs in different areas of the province. She looks forward to sharing information and ideas with other literacy practitioners.
Vice-President: Tracey M. MollinsAssociate Member
Tracey was on the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) Board from 1999-2004.
She worked on re-structuring of MTML, rewrote the Bylaws and Human Resources policy to reflect the structural changes and was on hiring committees for the Executive Director and project staff.
Tracey has worked as a literacy tutor, a practitioner trainer, and an LBS instructor at the Toronto District School Board and at St. Christopher House Adult Literacy program. She has also worked as an online instructor for LBS learners and practitioners at Alpha Plus.
She is currently working with the Toronto District School Board on a professional development project for practitioners to enhance in-class learning with new media and e-learning.
Treasurer: Gary Porter
Gary previously served on the LLO board for 6 years. During this time he spent 2 years as the Vice-Chair and 3 years as Chair. Gary has been a board member at the Barrie Literacy Council fof 7 years.
Barrie Literacy Council
He received the prestigious Canada Post Award in 2003. He has been a guest speaker at numerous events including AGM's, Kiwanas, Schools, Literacy Awareness Day and Queen's Park Day.
As a prior student representative and chair of the Student Committee at LLO he has been a mentor for many new students. In 2015 Gary became a certified Laubach Literacy Tutor. His goal is to help LLO in supporting its member agencies help adult learners reach their goals.
Secretary: Jo Cryderman
Literacy Society of South Muskoka
She is currently LBS instructor for Trillium
Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) Gravenhurst Alternate Education & Training Centre.
Jo has been training secondary school students in Huntsville as volunteer tutors for elementary school students for the past decade.
She has received the Jubilee Award for her contribution to literacy.
Jo feels that she can contribute her time and energy to ensure that adults in Ontario will be able to benefit from the services of LLO for years to come. She feels that LBS practitioners (like herself) must make sure the Provincial/Federal governments recognize and acknowledge the necessity of their services in every community - urban and rural.
She hopes to learn more from the people who have served on the LLO Board of Directors so that she is able to contribute her skills as they are needed.
Member-at-large: Vandra McQuarrie
Literacy Nippissing, North Bay
She has been training tutors for many years, but not under the LLO system until recently.
Vandra would like to be to have a greater voice for northern programs and for the special circumstances they face. She would like to be at the forefront of any new LBS initiatives so we are able to give the best service to the learners.
Student Representative: Patricia McFerran
Literacy Council of Niagara West (Beamsville)
Patricia is an extremely hard worker and it has paid off! After completing the Challenger series her vocabulary and reading and writing skills have improved significantly. This has done wonders to improve her confidence. Her tutor can't say enough about her, as she is very motivated, always shows good initiative and is a pleasure to work with.
Her hobbies and interests include shopping, the beach, crafts and movies. She is very organized, helpful and easy-going.
In her time with the LLO Board she would like to help support the student group, have their voices heard, make friends, develop skills, make a difference and build her confidence.
She would like to help other students by motivating and letting them know that learning is for all ages and that they can do it. She has eliminated the words 'stupid' and 'dumb' from her vocabulary as she believes that everyone is smart and that there is a lot of help out there. You just have to go ask for it.