When John retired, he wanted to contribute to the community. After participating in tag days, it was time for tutoring. After completing the tutor course and being assigned a student, the involvement continued as a board member and president of the association. John’s goal was to help and foster a student and the results have been successful.
In 2010, Chris retired from teaching with the Simcoe County District School Board and started as a volunteer tutor with the ODLC in 2011. Two years later, she became a member of the board and continues to be an active tutor 2 days a week. As Chris considers herself a lifelong learner, she accepted the opportunity to join the ODLC after she became familiar with our adult teaching philosophy. She is proud of being part of this essential organization that promotes literacy and helps adults to reach their goals, to become more independent and self-sufficient members of our community.
Shari has worked with/for a variety of not-for-profit organizations including The Ontario Eco-tourism Society, Green Tourism and a number of volunteer boards. Shari currently works in the literacy world for the Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network and in her spare time dotes on her family and especially her new granddaughter.
Marg has been a snowmobiler since she retired from Bell Canada. Every year, as a member of the Bass Lake Snowmobile Club, she has taken part in the Snowmobile Ride for Literacy. She was always impressed with the hard work that the ODLC did for this event and thought that maybe she could help too. Marg is also a member of the Alzheimer’s Society and the Women’s Institute, whose main functions are helping in the community, so why not help in this much needed community volunteer organization.
Courtney grew up in Orillia and graduated from McMaster University in 2013 after studying Political Science and History. She first started with the ODLC as a tutor in 2015 and has seen firsthand the difference the ODLC is making the lives of adult learners. Courtney is currently working as an Employment Coach at Agilec – Orillia’s Employment Resource Centre and continues to volunteer with other community partners. In her spare time she enjoys watching documentaries and looking at pictures of giraffes and puppies.
Daniel grew up in Northern Ontario – Thunder Bay, where he completed his college degree in Business Administration – Human Resources. He started with the board this year and is excited to be prominent in the community on top of his volunteer involvement with The Salvation Army, Turn the Tables on Hunger, and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Daniel is currently an Employment Coach with Agilec – the local employment resource centre here in Orillia. When he’s not at work or volunteering, he enjoys long distance running, spending time with friends and hanging out with his cats – John and Phil.
Laura began volunteering at the ODLC as a tutor in 2007. She is thrilled to meet so many different people – students, volunteers, and staff – from her own community. It is a wonderful opportunity to share in others’ successes as they capitalize on their strengths and achieve their goals through hard work and perseverance. She continues to look forward to participating in the activities and events of the ODLC in the years to come.