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President: Vandra McQuarrie
Literacy Nippissing, North Bay

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.  

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.

Treasurer: Gary Porter
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.

Jo Cryderman
Literacy Society of South Muskoka

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.

She is currently an LBS instructor for Trillium
Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) Gravenhurst Alternate Education & Training Centre.

She implemented a 3-month pilot project for TLDSB at Fenbrook Correctional Institution working with inmates on PLAR and is one of the founding members of Blue Skies Men's Residence Board of Directors.

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.


Jaclyne Edmondson
Good Learning Anywhere 

Jaclyne has been an instructor for over 7 years teaching various subjects that include digital technology skills, employment skills, communication and language skills (including ESL), mathematics, and more! 

Within Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS), Jaclyne’s role is to develop, administer and teach courses to adult learners across Ontario; specifically in northern, isolated, and/or Indigenous communities. Jaclyne is a Good Learning Anywhere (GLA) online mentor and instructor for Sioux Hudson Literacy Council (SHLC). Previously, she was an instructor for the Adult Learning Centre (ALC) in Cochrane, Ontario. 

As a mentor, ally, advocate, and friend, Jaclyne has a passion for focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) surrounding literacy. She believes that literacy resources should be accessible and barrier-free for all. Her goal is to utilize and build upon her current knowledge and skills surrounding DEI, digital technology,
and LBS while serving on the Laubach Literacy Ontario (LLO) Board of Directors.

Student Representative: Jack Osborne
Literacy Nipissing



My name is Jack. l'm so glad to be the next student rep.  l live in North Bay. l help out down at my Council and l love doing it .I watch all sports and  l  like to go out hunting and fishing.  l do some yard work and l love doing it to keep me pretty busy.