Shirley joined the Foundation from the senior management team of the Ontario College of Family Physicians where she led the Education and Practice Supports team. Before joining the College, she had a long career in communications, journalism and education. Shirley is a former kindergarten and elementary school teacher having taught in Iqaluit, Regina, Toronto and in rural Japan. Before becoming a teacher, she worked for CBC Radio in Yellowknife and later CBC Online in Toronto. Shirley developed a passion for reading while growing up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia and looks back wistfully to the time when her own children were young enough to snuggle up and be read to.


Before joining the Foundation, Theresa spent more than 15 years as an editor and journalist. She was part of the founding editorial teams of two magazines and on the founding team of the Canadian Centre on Statelessness. She has an MSc, Human Rights, London School of Economics and a BA, International Development and English Literature, York University. Theresa spent many hours hidden away in the children’s section at the North York Public Library and still cherishes the first book she ever bought on her own — Black Beauty.


Sanya is currently completing a Master of Public Policy at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy following a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from McGill University. Before joining the Foundation as a part-time Research Assistant, Sanya’s experience included working in public service, human rights NGOs, and international organizations. Growing up throughout the African continent, Sanya learned the important role that education and literacy play in sustainable economic development. When not buried under a pile of coursework, you can usually find her with her nose in a book.