Julie Streight stepped into her role as Executive Director at the ESMV Literacy Network in the fall of 2023. With a professional background deeply entrenched in the for-profit sector and entrepreneurship, she is eager to apply her diverse skills and insight to benefit the community she holds close to her heart. Above all, Julie is thrilled to work closely with the nearby communities she cherishes. When she's not at the centre, you might spot Julie and her loyal dog, Trapper, enjoying a walk somewhere along the Eastern Shore or Musquodoboit Valley. If you do, she warmly invites you to stop and introduce yourself!
Lynn is very excited to be starting her journey with ESMV Literacy Network. ESMVLN is her first paid position with a non-profit, but she has been volunteering in her community for years and belongs to several organizations. Lynn's previous job was in Customer Service, where she loved helping the customers and getting to know her community. Lynn loves the outdoors, hiking, swimming, kayaking, baseball and spending time with family and friends.
Tobbi Dyer has worked with non profit organizations serving adults, youth, and families throughout her career and enjoys working to help people improve their lives through increased literacy. Through the pursuit of life-long learning, she is near completion of a Master of Information Degree with a Librarianship: Youth & Children's Services certificate from Dalhousie University. Other interests include photography & videography, writing, lake swimming, and her kids and cats (not necessarily in that order).
Shirley is a lifelong resident of the Eastern Shore with a love of its beaches and coastline. She worked the past 15 years in Non-profit, creating and delivering programs to youth and adults. She likes sharing her knowledge of crafting with others and watching as they succeed. Shirley has many hobbies, beachcombing, gardening and textile arts are at the top of her long list.
Irma is the oldest of 12 children, attended a one-room school until grade 9, graduated from Sheet Harbour High School, and attended Normal College in Truro. She taught school while studying part-time at StFX, graduating with a BA in English and a BEd. Irma continued to teach, mostly high school English, for almost 40 years before teaching GED. Irma married her high school sweetheart and has four children, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. She loves reading, flowers, and watching sports.
Jeff was born and raised in Nova Scotia, spending half his time in Clam Harbour and the other half in the city. After many attempts to finish high school he eventually quit and moved away. He spent 16 years in Winnipeg where he lost half of his right hand in a work accident. He also met and married his wife, Alison, became an adult learner, and at the age of 40, graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Education. Jeff and his wife then moved home to Musquodoboit Harbour and he’s spent the last 12 years substitute teaching, working as a Residential Care Worker and more recently, working part time with ESMVLN, encouraging, supporting, and teaching adult learners.