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Board Members

Patty Lewis

Patty Lewis

President

Patty Lewis joined TLG’s Board of Directors in January, 2014.  She is also a volunteer with TLG’s signature event, Rodding for Reading.  Patty is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of corporate communications, having worked for some of Canada’s leading financial services companies.  Patty and her husband live in Waterloo with their pampered rescue cats.

Diana Elkin

Diana Elkin

Vice President

Diana is a career intelligence and security professional and the founder of Method Intelligence, a threat intelligence and strategic security analysis organization. Previously, she has occupied a variety of positions throughout her career and has worked with the Department of National Defense, Halton Regional Police Service, and Research in Motion. Diana has always been passionate about promoting literacy and seeks to apply her project management and fundraising experience to help others. She regularly provides resume building services in the community in order to help individuals obtain gainful employment. In her spare time, Diana enjoys arts and writing.

Dana Duff

Dana Duff

Treasurer

Currently, working as an Intermediate Accountant at a manufacturer in Guelph and working towards my professional accounting designation. In my spare time, I enjoy playing golf, reading, going to the gym, and hanging out with my wife and our two dogs.

Debbie Ackroyd

Debbie Ackroyd

Secretary

Debbie joins us with a highly experienced background of leadership roles in Human Resources, most currently working with Manulife. Debbie is an avid reader, and she sees the huge benefits of literacy in today’s society. She is excited to support The Literacy Group in a Board position. Debbie is a capable and “hands on” volunteer and fundraiser and The Literacy Group is grateful to have her join the team.

Cathy Skeen

Cathy Skeen

Director

Cathy is a communications professional who worked as a reporter and photographer before a long career in communications at a local insurance company, where she continues to work as a consultant. She has an abiding interest in literacy issues and in 1999 was on the Board of one of the three organizations that amalgamated to form The Literacy Group. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, traveling and kayaking.

Cristen Brown

Cristen Brown

Director

As a professional Cristen prides herself on being a strong team player acting in both supportive and leadership roles. Cristen enjoys the energy of working as a team to accomplish goals while also being intrinsically motivated to reach her own professional goals. Cristen is extremely organized and prides herself on incorporating organization into all aspects of her work which helps keep projects, initiatives and tasks moving forward in a timely and efficient manner.

Andrew Swatridge

Andrew Swatridge

Director

Andrew Swatridge was inspired to join TLG, when he saw the difficulties that individuals with literacy gaps face when attempting to gain employment. Andrew currently works as a Search Consultant, recruiting for all positions in the Industrial Division including unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled trades positions. He graduated from the University of Waterloo, with an Honours Arts and Business Degree; majoring in Psychology, with a specialization in Human Resources. In his spare time he enjoys playing squash, piano, and chess.

John Dale

John Dale

Director

John has worked as a manager and a systems analyst in public and private corporations, but spent most of his life as an educator; in the roles of teacher, vice-principal and lecturer at the University of Waterloo. Although he was a biologist throughout his working life, since retirement he has developed his interest in literature and has published several articles on American fiction. He has worked for many years as a tutor for Core Literacy and The Literacy Group.

Danielle Avila

Danielle Avila

Director

Danielle joins us with a extensive experience in business development, most currently working as the Business Development Manager for Microsoft Canada. Danielle is an avid volunteer and in the past has supported a number of not-for-profit organizations, including Sustainable Waterloo Region, where she volunteered as a Business Development Program Coordinator. Danielle is passionate about finding efficiencies and growing businesses and will be a huge asset to The Literacy Group.

Winnie Lo

Winnie Lo

Director

Winnie graduated from the University of Waterloo and she has a CPA designation. She has experience working in private accounting firms as well as in the public sector. She is currently working in the Government of Canada and she focuses on corporations and charities tax compliance. Winnie is passionate about literacy and she hopes to share her knowledge to help make The Literacy Group become a better organization. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three dogs.