About Us

The Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy (PGFL) is the national body that stewards an endowment dedicated to promoting literacy awareness and supporting adult literacy programming across Canada.

PGFL’s Board of Directors is a volunteer group of literacy champions based all over Canada whose contributions include:

Administration of national grant programs

Communications, branding and marketing initiatives

Preparation of annual report and audited financial statements

Stakeholder engagement

Board of Directors

Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy Board of Directors

Fiona Bramble – Director

Victoria, BC – Founder-CEO, REP Here In Canada and managing editor of Here Magazine. Member of  Creative BC Magazine Advisory Committee and the Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy. Former ELL educator.

Meghan Dillon – Secretary

Toronto, ON – Intellectual property lawyer, specializing in trademarks. Formerly worked in book  publishing, negotiating author contracts. 

Alison Gzowski – Director

Toronto, ON – Gzowski Family representative for the Board, writer, editor, producer, and event  organizer for non-profits. 

Brigid Hayes – Chair

Ottawa, ON – Consultant, strategic planning and policy development adult literacy and skills. Formerly,  Director – Labour, Canadian Labour and Business Centre, and Program Manager, National Literacy  Secretariat, HRSDC.

Deb McInnis – Director

Moncton, NB – Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern NB Region.  Formerly Executive Director for Laubach Literacy New Brunswick. Member, Greater Moncton Literacy  Advisory Board, and a volunteer for the Children’s Wish Foundation for over 25 years. 

Leah Patry – Treasurer

Toronto, ON – Enjoyed a more than 25-year career in finance, the majority of which was spent as a  global equity portfolio manager at one of the country’s largest pension funds. Most recently provided financial expertise to institutional clients within the global asset management division of one of the country’s chartered banks. Currently, Chair of the Friends of Bon Echo, a fundraising and advocacy group for the provincial park. 

Mary Ruby – Director 

Toronto, ON – Former Chief Administrative Officer and legal counsel for a global entertainment  technology company. Over 30 years experience in corporate governance, legal, HR, real estate and  facilities operations. Current Chair of a women’s crisis centre in Collingwood, Ontario.

Scott Walter – Director

Ottawa, ON – Over 35 years’ experience working in the literacy/education sector domestically and internationally. Recently stepped down as Executive Director of CODE (Canadian Organization for  Development through Education); previous positions include Team Leader Education at CIDA; Director, International Development at International Literacy Association; Chair of the Global Book Alliance.

Amadeo Ventura – Director

East Garafraxa, ON – A transformational strategist with over 14 years of experience in community  development and engagement. Proven expertise in leading nonprofit organizational growth and  management of complex projects. Currently working in the arts and mental health sector as Executive Artistic Director at Workman Arts.