President: Vandra McQuarrie
Vandra has worked in literacy for more than 25 years. She has worked as a Program Coordinator and LBS instructor. She has worked in community-based, school board and college programs. In 2010 she was part of the OALCF development team and worked on competencies D, E and F.
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.
Vice-President: Cathy Graham
Cathy has been the program manager for Orillia & District Literacy Council since 2010.
Orillia and District Literacy Council
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 fundraising 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.
Treasurer: Mary-Ann Fuduric
Mary-Ann is the current Executive Director for the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario - Windsor/Essex. She has strong leadership skills and policy development skills (governance and operations). She is skilled in strategic and organizational planning, has strong financial management skills including budget preparation and variance analysis. Mary-Ann also possesses solid Human Resource management skills including recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and change management. She is an experienced grant writer with effective grant management skills.
Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario - Windsor/Essex (LDAWE)
She served as LLO Board member previously from 2014 to 2017, serving as Treasurer in the final year. She is a former Laubach Tutor, both with Windsor Public Library and LDAWE.
Mary-Ann feels that her skills would be most helpful in the areas of board recruitment and training, ED evaluation/succession planning, and financial management.
From this opportunity, she would like to better understand LBS in Ontario from a provincial perspective and have the ability to use her skill set to help LLO achieve its mission.
Secretary: Jo Cryderman
Jo is an LLO Master Tutor-Trainer. She has been Program Manager for the Orillia and District Literacy Council for 9 years and Program Manager for the Literacy Society of South Muskoka for 16 years.
Literacy Society of South Muskoka
She is currently an 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.
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.
Barrie Literacy Council
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.
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.
Student Representative: Pam Dibblee
Orillia and District Literacy Council
Pam would like to learn how to read to her grandson and help him with his homework, to be able to read packages and labels, and to learn to handle money when she goes shopping in stores.
Pam first became interested in being a student representative 3 years ago at the LLO conference. She liked the way the student representative spoke on behalf of the other learners who took part with LLO. She is looking forward to helping other learners to reach their goals.