Our People

Learners and volunteers

Action Read Board

Action Read is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership.  It acts as ‘one voice’, working on behalf of the greater good of the whole organization by;

  • Setting the mission and policy framework for the organization
  • Setting strategic priorities
  • Guiding the organization’s operations
  • Serving as a public figure for the organization
  • Ensuring that the board remains functional at all times and maintaining proper documentation

In order to ensure that the board is composed of individuals with different relationships to and perspectives on the work of our organization, Action Read’s board is composed equally of learners, volunteers and community members.

Current Board Members

Board of Directors 2015-2016

Back left: David Alphonso, Jeff Guitard, Shawn Knight, Waleed Saadedeen Front left: Bev Nuttall, Barbara Stefaniak, Lois Gottlieb, Janet Fowler. Crouched at front: Cassi Garrett Missing: R. David Shakespeare

Action Read Staff

Don Peters, Computer Technician

Don has maintained and repaired Action Read’s computers for many years.  He keeps our systems clean and trouble-free and is always happy to walk staff through computer related problems.  Don worked for many years in industry before switching into computers. He lends his expertise to many community agencies and businesses.

Gabriel Smith, Group Program Coordinator

Gabriel’s role is to plan and facilitate weekly learning groups, conduct learning assessments and support individual learners. He also provides workshops in the community on a variety of literacy-related topics. Gabe is a registered teacher who has worked in a variety of positions in the high school system.

Jan Sherman, Family Literacy Program Co-ordinator/ Women’s Group Facilitator

Since 1999 Jan has provided literacy training through critical discussion and creative expression in the women’s group. She also plans and facilitates family literacy programs for young children and their parents or caregivers throughout the city of Guelph. Outside of Action Read, Jan develops and facilitates children’s Aboriginal and culturally diverse storytelling and creative arts programs in schools, community centres and her own summer camps.

Joanne Morant, Learner-Tutor Coordinator

Joanne’s position at Action Read involves learner intake and assessment, volunteer training, supporting tutor-learner pairs and community outreach. Joanne came to Action Read after a career in manufacturing in the area of employee training and computer systems support. Joanne’s extensive experience volunteering in the community is very useful in her work at Action Read.

Lynda Lehman, Financial Manager

Lynda has had many different roles in over 20 years with Action Read.  Currently she manages our finances, coordinates the Finance Committee and prepares budgets and reports.  Lynda also shares her considerable experience as an educator by co-facilitating tutor trainings.  When not at Action Read, she is a coordinator with the Scientists-in-School program.

Lynn Veronneau, Administrative Assistant

Lynn is the latest addition to the staff. She helps keep the office running smoothly. She coordinates and trains our front desk volunteers, manages our Facebook and Twitter accounts, orders office supplies, does follow-up support to learners and manages our government statistical database.

Mira Clarke, Executive Director

Mira has been involved with Action Read for over 15 years, first as a volunteer and board member and in 2004 as director. At Action Read she coordinates with the board, manages the website and blog, seeks out grants and oversees programs, staffing and evaluation.  Before her role on the staff, Mira was an Action Read volunteer and worked in International Development.