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"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."


New Executive Director for the Centre

On June 1, the Centre for Family Literacy welcomed Jonna Grad as our new Executive Director. Having worked extensively in not-for-profit organizations in Ontario, she brings with her indepth knowledge and leadership experience. Jonna spent nine years counseling individuals and facilitating programs at the Women’s Centre of Hamilton before moving on to the Marty Karl Centre for five years, where she helped provide employment and training services for people with barriers to employment.

Jonna’s background serving families and communities compliments the Centre’s and has assisted in the transition process. While busy settling in to her new position, Jonna is continuing to get to know the staff and board at the Centre, and the many community organizations who all work in and support family literacy.

The essential role of literacy in life is not lost on Jonna. She is a passionate reader and had a large library of books before she moved to Alberta, which, due to freight charges, she was forced to leave behind. But not to worry, “I am in the process of building back my collection and have already outgrown the two bookshelves I have.”

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