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

Brigid Hayes – Chair

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

Fiona Bramble – Director

Victoria, BC – Founder-CEO, 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.

Alison Gzowski – Director

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

Meghan Dillon – Secretary

Toronto, ON – Intellectual property lawyer, specializing in trademarks, and member of the Trademark Agent Examination Board.  Formerly worked in book publishing, negotiating author contracts.  

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 – Over 25 years of experience in the financial field. Currently providing financial expertise to institutional clients within the global asset management division of one of the country’s chartered banks. Prior to this was a Global Equity Portfolio Manager at one of Canada’s largest pension funds.