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: Mary-Ann Fuduric
Mary-Ann recently served for two years as Board director for the Kardinal A. Stepinac Folklore Group where she was responsible for fundraising.
Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor-Essex
She presented a workshop "Assistive Technology as a Remediation Tool" at a recent LLO conference . She is a Laubach tutor having worked at the Windsor Public Library from 2010 to 2011 as well as at LDAWE from 2010 to present.
Mary-Ann feels that with her background in education provides her with an understanding of a student's perspective. Her experiences at LDAWE and BIAWE provide her with knowledge of the complex needs of some individuals as learners and the organizations that support them.
Her experience with using the Laubach Literacy Program over the last four years through LDAWE and The Windsor Public Library's Adult Literacy Program has provided her insights to the literacy and accommodation and support needs of members in the community.
Mary-Ann is hoping to gain a provincial perspective on literacy and to learn new skills that she can apply professionally.
Secretary: Alicea Fleming
Alicea has been a literacy tutor for three years tutoring students in grades 3-8 using Laubach materials and PALS literacy strategies.
She has experience as an Assistive Technology Trainer with the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor-Essex County (LDAWE), experience developing successful proposals to secure project funding for LDAWE and experience that includes conducting research projects involving multiple agencies.
Her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Windsor has provided her with experience conducting undergraduate research and assisting with independent/graduate research projects. She believes that her knowledge of academic research may provide new opportunities for LLO to engage in cooperative projects with other schools and local agencies. Additionally, she has acquired a strong background in learning disabilities (through both her university studies and her work experience with LDAWE).
She is very eager to gain experience as part of a Board of Directors. She would like to increase her knowledge of policy development and to develop new working relationships with fellow Board members.
Student Representative: Rubert Payea
Literacy Council of Niagara West
Rubert was a student at Literacy Council of Niagara West. He continues to improve his skills, as well as help students at the council learn how to use computers.
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.