Our Team

Project READ Literacy Network is governed by a Board of Directors elected from the membership. The Board guides the affairs and direction of the organization. It consists of a maximum of 14 directors with seven coming from literacy agencies and the remainder from our general membership. Directors are elected annually at our Annual General Meeting in the fall.

Our membership categories include organizational and individual members. Any individual, group or organization that is concerned with literacy issues in Waterloo-Wellington can become members. Membership dues are payable on an annual basis according to the calendar year. An annual membership is $75. Please contact us about purchasing a membership and member’s rights.

Our Board of Directors
  • Chair – Laura Dick
  • Vice Chair – Sandy Coghlin
  • Sec./Tres. – Jeff Beamer
  • Carol Risidore, Sarah Loat, Eric Karn, Lorri Sauve and Aimee Jeffrey
Our Staff
  • Executive Director

Jane Tuer is the Executive Director of Project READ Literacy Network and has been in the literacy field for over 25 years in a variety of sectors and positions.  She has diverse experience and skills in literacy from facilitation to assessment to project management and research.  She has been working with and giving presentations on the Essential Skills since 2001.  Jane has been involved with developing various learning tools on the Ontario Skills Passport and re-writing/revising tasks for the QUILL Portal.  Jane is also a certified Bridges Out Of Poverty facilitator and clear writing editor. In 2011, Jane received the Learning Leader award from the Canadian Society for Training and Development.

  • Program Assistant

Robin Crank

  • Family Literacy Program Manager

Joanne Davis became a facilitator for Get Set Learn Family Literacy Program in the spring of 2010. Joanne has a BA in Political Science from McMaster University and a Certificate in Adult Education from Conestoga College. Joanne’s interest in literacy started in 1993 when she was first board member and then Chairperson of Core Literacy, a KW community-based literacy organization. She has worked for over 20 years in many capacities with adult learners and community organizations both as a staff person and a volunteer and is thrilled to be helping families create more literacy-rich home environments. She lives in Kitchener with her partner and two busy boys!

  • Educational Skills Assessor

Judy Paul

Judy studied recreation and leisure at the University of Waterloo and completed a master’s degree in adult education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. This combination of interests led to a varied career in outdoor recreation, community development, and mental health.  In all of her past positions, Judy worked as a facilitator in informal learning situations.  In 2012, Judy decided to apply her experience as a facilitator to the literacy field.  She became a volunteer tutor with The Literacy Group in Kitchener and began the Adult Literacy Educator Certificate through Conestoga College.  Judy joined Project READ Literacy Network as the Educational Skills Assessor in February 2013.  Judy is passionate about learning and literacy and is happy for the opportunity to serve the needs of the community through the work of Project READ.

  • Family Literacy Group Facilitators

Dorothy Tam became a facilitator for Project Read’s Get Set Learn Program in spring 2009.  Dorothy has a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia.  For 10 years, she worked as a freelance trainer/instructor for private companies in Singapore in the areas of reading and oral and written communication.

Jennifer Hewitt joined the Project READ team as a Family Literacy Facilitator in 2012, and has since been excited to also take on the roles of Coordinator for GSLA and Program Developer for our new Family Literacy for Grandparents program.  Jennifer holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from University of Western Ontario, a Masters degree in Literature and Performance Studies from University of Guelph, and a Teaching Certificate from D’Youville College.  She comes to Project READ with 10 years experience as a facilitator in adult literacy programs for the Upper Grand District School Board where she also works as a supply teacher in the primary division.  As well, Jennifer takes free-lance writing contracts and has been developing online curriculum for the LearningHUB since 2008.  When not busy with these projects Jennifer pursues her dream of writing a novel and enjoys time with her husband and three teenage sons at home in Elora, Ontario.

Project Consultants – Project READ contracts with individual consultants for specific research and development projects as funding becomes available. These projects are time-limited and goal-focused.