Steering Committee

Each partner organization was represented by a staff person on the Project’s Steering Committee. The Steering Committee provided vision, direction, and support for the Project and to the project manager, David Hurley.

Members included:

Lindsay Kennedy, Movement for Canadian Literacy
Lindsay Kennedy served as Project Manager for the Movement for Canadian Literacy (MCL) until spring 2008. Lindsay has almost two decades' experience in adult literacy, including organizational management; board development; project development; curriculum development; teaching; community outreach; participation in local, provincial and national literacy networks; and research and writing for both adult literacy educators and adult literacy learners.

Melody Paruboczy, Movement for Canadian Literacy
Melody became the Executive Director of MCL in March 2008. New to the literacy field, Melody brings broad experience within the nonprofit sector including work in the youth addiction, brain injury and developmental services sectors. Her work in these sectors has included; establishing best practices, government relations, communication, and strategic planning. As the Executive Director of MCL, Melody works with the member Provincial and Territorial Coalitions, the Learners Advisory Network, and literacy stakeholders to advance literacy nationwide.

Marina Niks, Research in Practice for Adult Literacy – BC
Marina Niks has been working in the field of adult literacy in British Columbia since 1998 as a research friend. Through this role she encourages and supports practitioners to engage with research. Marina is part of the management team of RiPAL-BC. Marina also serves as the Research Coordinator for the Project. She provides oversight and consultation to the seven field reviewers gathering data across Canada about the impact of accountability practices on practitioners and funders.

Linda Shohet, The Centre for Literacy of Quebec
Linda Shohet is founder and executive director of The Centre for Literacy. With degrees in English Literature, Linda has taught and published widely in literature, adult education, adult literacy, and health literacy and communication. Frequently consulting on adult literacy policy issues, in 2003, she participated on a Quebec Ministry of Education Study Mission on Adult Education that visited 5 European countries to examine models of adult education and lifelong learning policy. She has been named by the Canadian Education Association among 28 researchers contributing to the understanding of literacy and learning.

Sandy Middleton, Literacy-BC
Sandy has worked in the literacy field since 1989. She is currently Research Manager at Literacy BC, the provincial literacy coalition. Her work with Literacy BC over the past decade has focused on building capacity in research in practice. She is a founding member of RiPAL-BC, the adult literacy research in practice BC network. Sandy is also the Regional Literacy Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast of BC where she lives. Sandy coordinates a community-based English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program at Capilano College in Sechelt.

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