John MacLaughlin has a long and distinguished career in the literacy field. He was the founding Executive Director of the Preparatory Training Program, one of the largest community-based literacy programs in Ontario. He helped develop, initiate and manage Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy’s information and referral service for literacy and ESL. He is also a founding board member of the Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC).
Until this past year, John was engaged in community-development work in South East Asia, working in a variety of communities to help improve schools and training initiatives. Last year, John became Manager of Program, Business and Partnership Development at the OLC with a mandate to work with the Business and Labour communities to address Ontario’s skills gap in the areas of literacy and language. Currently, he is managing the OLC’s projects in the areas of the new Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum, Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills, and Family Literacy.