Here is a break down the different levels of our organization:
does the groundwork so that LIA can operate efficiently. They organize the administrative functions and physical space, so that the volunteers can concentrate on their specialties. Part of their job is to match and support volunteers and learners. They are accountable to the Board of Directors.
Joanna Bateman, our executive director, has spent over 10 years working in the community. She has co-founded several projects, including Tierra del Fuego and L'Espace 100 Noms, and has been involved in many others. Dedicated to empowering the community through innovative projects, she brings vision to our organization. For the past 2 years, she has been working to redefine our common understanding of literacy, as extending beyond just reading and writing to all essential skills. She has been creatively finding ways to make literacy accessible through creative arts workshops, gardening projects, cooking and more.
Maggie George, our administrative assistant, is a native Townshipper and brings a wide range of experience to LIA. She has worked for over 30 years in education, both as a teacher and administrator. She takes care of all the essentials, keeps us organized and makes sure that everything is running smoothly on the day to day. If you call us or drop by, chances are that you will speak to her; you might also run into Spencer, her Mini Schnauzer, who has won our hearts and become an LIA mascot. (*let us know if dogs cause a problem for you)
Laurence Thiry, our project and communications assistant, has several years of experience in leading community-based projects. Being fully bilingual, she is an ideal link between LIA and our network of francophone partner organizations. Her versatile skills are often geared towards special projects and partnerships, but she also works on producing documents to communicate our activities to the outside world. Inspired by her 2 children, she has also led some family literacy initiatives for the organization, such as the Mother-Goose Parent-Child program.
Jean-Olivier Bureau, subbing in as project and communications assistant while Laurence is on maternity leave, just graduated Arts Administration & Music at Bishops University. Usually cooped-up in a practice room playing piano, he seeks brighten other peoples’ lives by playing and engaging them with music. His responsibilities here are to reach and engage the outside community as well as help develop projects and build partnerships.