Board of Directors
Sheilah Currie – Founder, President, Treasurer
Sheilah is a children’s author, editor, and literacy consultant. She runs seven ReadUP reading clubs in Toronto.
Sheilah worked as a Reading Recovery teacher for the York Region and Toronto District School Boards, helping at-risk children learn to read. She has written more than 60 story books that are used in elementary school literacy programs in Canada and the U.S., and has served as a developmental editor and manager of quality control in educational publishing.
In 2006, Sheilah received a City of Toronto Community Service Volunteer Award for her work with the reading clubs, and in 2015 received a Legacy Award from Volunteer Toronto.
Maureen Kenny – Secretary
Maureen is a non-practicing lawyer who was Vice Chair of Ontario’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal and held that role until her retirement in 2012.
Maureen received the Ron Ellis Award for excellence and outstanding contribution to workers’ compensation in Ontario.
She was on the Board of Directors for Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre until 2010 and has been a devoted advocate, volunteer and sponsor of ReadUP since its inception.
David is Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and Scholar in Residence in the Curriculum, Teaching and Language Department.
David is an internationally-acclaimed speaker and author of numerous books on literacy for educators. He has spent more than 40 years teaching teachers, parents and children. He has worked extensively as a language arts consultant, professor, and is the former Chair of the Literacy Centre at Nipissing University.
David became involved with ReadUP because he knows the value of levelled books for emerging readers and shares a passion for giving children a successful start in their reading acquisition.
Louise is General Manager of Youth Outreach and Intervention (YOI), YMCA of Greater Toronto.
YOI includes two housing initiatives, a youth substance abuse program, a youth gambling awareness program, and a program in a priority neighbourhood that operates a food bank and a variety of programs for children living in poverty. Louise has 15 years experience working in not-for-profit charitable organizations and sits on the board of the East End Community Health Centre.
Louise’s two children attended the ReadUP club at Parent Resources Drop-in Centre.
Neala is VP, Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
She has served as Senior VP of Communications for the Pan Am Games Organizing Committee, as director of communications for Ontario’s minister of health, and director of media relations for the Premiers of Ontario and Alberta.
Neala began volunteering for the Eastview ReadUP club in 2009 and has championed our efforts ever since.
Anna Camara is a Hamilton-based writer, editor and communicator. She brings a background in theatre, music, literature, design and contemporary art to her writing and other creative work and has a special interest in reading and literacy.
Born in the Portuguese Açores islands, Anna was raised in the Kensington Market and Beaches neighbourhoods of Toronto. She feels a special connection to many of ReadUP’s participants, given her experience as a newcomer Canadian in childhood.
After volunteering as a grant writer and fundraising consultant, Anna was honoured to join the Board of Directors of ReadUP in 2014 and looks forward to making a positive contribution to this dynamic and growing organization.