David grew up in Toronto and studied Small Business Management at Seneca College and Electronics Engineering Technology at DeVry. David has worked as a radio and satellite systems operator for the Canadian Armed Forces and as a network systems administrator and instructor for various companies. David lived for several years in Montreal and for several years in Haiti where he worked on community-based economic development projects, including a volunteer-run online-learning centre.
David has recently moved to the Orillia area and is continuing to follow his interest in volunteer and community-based projects by volunteering as a tutor with ODLC. He has also started an online-learning study group to help Orillia residents learn the French language.
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.