May 31, 2021 – Message from the Board of Directors and Executive Director
Dear learners, tutors, members and friends of ELTOC,
As the third wave of this pandemic appears to be gradually receding in Ontario, we hope you and your families have remained well. Recent news in Ontario appears promising with an accelerated 2nd dose vaccine program and an outline of a 3-step plan to reopen the economy, tied to COVID-19 indicators and the vaccination rate. By continuing to collectively practice preventive public health safety measures, each of us can help Ontario move forward on a successful path to reopening.
The Board is extremely pleased that Vikki Broesamle has joined the team as our new Executive Director. While ELTOC is grateful to Giselle Leduc for deftly navigating ELTOC through this pandemic and wishes her well in her new venture, Vikki brings to ELTOC in-depth management experience in the not-for-profit sector, including an ESL background and the leadership qualities needed to continue to move ELTOC forward.
The past 15 months have demonstrated that with the tremendous dedication, ingenuity and flexibility of our tutors, learners and staff, unwavering support from our funder IRCC and the generosity of our donors, we can work together, and operate online to fulfill ELTOC’s mission despite a pandemic. While we are all anxiously awaiting a return to a more normal lifestyle, we must remain vigilant to ensure no setbacks and continue to adhere to government and public health regulations. Although some government restrictions may be lifting, the 3 C’s – close contact settings, confined and enclosed spaces and crowded places – result in higher risk and should still be avoided. This means, for the present time, ELTOC will continue to offer tutoring and support virtually to our tutors and learners with no in-person contact between tutors and staff, tutors and learners and staff and learners. Safe operating and volunteer environments remain the priorities at ELTOC.
ELTOC’s Risk Assessment Committee will be meeting in the next month to assess recent developments as the province begins to reopen and, based on these findings, will make recommendations to the Board that are aligned with government and public health regulations. We are hoping that reopening the economy will provide a clearer indication on when we can consider introducing limited in-person tutoring services such as for select literacy learners in open public places with appropriate safety measures.
Once again, Tutors, we ask that you let your learner(s) know that this letter has been posted on our website. At the top right of the page the SELECT LANGUAGE option is available as a tool that may be helpful in some languages to translate the information.
Thank you for your ongoing efforts and perseverance as we look to the promise of brighter days ahead.
Please enjoy the warmer weather while still staying safe.