The Wait is Over – OLC’s New Spotlight on Learning: Becoming Agents of Change Website Has Finally Launched!

For three days last October, literacy professionals came together to discuss and share ideas about how to bring literacy and essential skills to the forefront of issues in Canada at OLC’s Spotlight on Learning: Becoming Agents of Change conference.

This website is host to workshop videos, resources, downloads and much more, and we will continually be adding to it over the next few months, so if you missed the conference or just want to refresh some topics, this website is your go-to tool. The conference may have ended, but the learning continues!

Highlights of the site include:

We want to hear from you. Questions or Comments? Have a resource you would like to add? Want us to profile a change you or your organization made after the conference? Contact and let us know!

Be the change you want to see in the world by becoming an Agent of Change, and visit the new Spotlight on Learning website today!

OLC and Ottawa’s Kindness Week Want to Give YOU Free Books!

In photo (from left to right): Lesley Brown, Executive Director, Ontario Literacy Coalition; Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament, Ottawa Centre, Liberal; Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly; Elizabeth Witmer, Member of Provincial Parliament, Kitchener-Waterloo - Progressive Conservative (PC); and France Gélinas, Member of Provincial Parliament, Nickel Belt, New Democratic Party (NDP).

As part of Kindness Week, Ottawa’s fourth installment of the province-wide initiative to encourage the spread of kindness across the city, MPP Yasir Naqvi launched a week-long book drive. MPPs from all three parties, Staff of Ontario Legislature, and various Ministers’ staff participated and donated their gently-used books. The drive was an enormous success, collecting a whopping 30 boxes of books that OLC will be donating to locally-based organizations and agencies!

The OLC wants to hear from you! Do you or your organization need books? In order to be eligible, this is what we need from you:

- Tell us why you need books
- Tell us what types of books you are looking for
- Tell us who the recipient(s) of these books will be

Email us at no later than March 28th with the above criteria and we will contact you if your organization is a match for the books!

OLC would like to extend its appreciation to all of those who donated books and made the drive such a big success!

Meet Allison Mullin, Acting Manager of Communications and Marketing

When I first came to the OLC in 2009 as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator, I knew little about the adult literacy field in Ontario. In my previous roles, including working in the communication and marketing departments at Mount Sinai Hospital and the City of Calgary, adult literacy was not on my radar; however, I realize now it should have been.

I was shocked to learn the statistics around adult literacy in the province when I came to OLC. Since then, my knowlege on the subject has grown exponentially and I’m more committed than ever in raising the profile of both literacy and essential skills and the great work OLC does to a wider audience.

As Acting Manager of Communications and Marketing, I oversee a variety of areas: OLC’s online presence, including our website and social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, and our blog), responding to membership inquiries, managing and promoting events, communicating a strategic vision for the OLC’s future and much more.

I look forward to working with OLC’s stakeholders more actively in my role and I’m always available for feedback, ideas, help with social media or promoting an event, or just a chat: email me at


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