About Elementary Literacy

About Elementary Literacy

working with educators, parents & communities

The mission of Elementary Literacy Inc. is to actively collaborate with every school 

across New Brunswick for offering our supplementary reading achievement programs, ELF and CLEF. Our vision is to work closely with educators, parents and communities for increasing literacy rates across New Brunswick.

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Our Administration

Executive Director

Erin Schryer, PhD

Erin brings a wealth of knowledge related to children’s literacy development and effective intervention approaches for children who are struggling with learning to read. Erin is a passionate educator, researcher, community-member and member of the ELF team.

(toll-free) 1-855-898-2533
(cell) (506) 608-8333


Program Director

Catherine Barry

Catherine has taught in both elementary and high schools in NB. Her background in Education and her passion for early childhood literacy development are helping to increase Elementary Literacy’s impact in NB. She firmly believes that every child has the right to learn to read and that through collaboration, we can have a tremendous effect on the lives of individuals as well as the communities they call home.

(506) 443-2932


ELF Program Manager

Janis Walker

As a recently retired and long-time education and literacy professional, Janis started supporting the ELF program as a trainer for the Greater Fredericton area in the Fall of 2012. She has been instrumental in expanding the program to new schools across the province.

(506) 443-2933


CLEF Program Manager

Joanie Guignard

As the manager of the CLEF program for the past two years, Joanie has been engaged in activities to develop this positive initiative and to ensure its continuity. She is a strong believer in the strength of communities. As a volunteer herself at a school in her community, she has witnessed the importance of reading in a child’s academic development. A graduate from the Université de Moncton bachelor’s degree in information-communications, Joanie has substantive experience in the school system.

(506) 382-9495


CLEF Program Manager (Acting)

Marsha Martin

My name is Marsha. I am married and I have 3 kids. I studied in Phys. Ed and I also have 2 diplomas (Adult Education and DayCare Management). Career Wise, I took 5 years off to raise our kids, I worked as an Adult Ed Teacher and recently, I was a Sales Rep for theTimes & Transcript and ‘’L’Étoile’’. I am excited to work with the communities. I have children at heart and education is one of my priorities. My passion is also to coach Volley-Ball.


Board Members


Jamie IrvingBrunswick NewsBoard Chair
Dr. Shelley RinehartUNBSJ & Deputy Mayor City of Saint JohnBoard Executive
Roxanne FairweatherInnovatia Inc.Board Executive
René LegacyBusiness Community RepresentativeBoard Executive
Tom MannDepartment of Post-secondary Education, Training and LabourBoard Member
John McLaughlinDepartment of Education and Early Childhood DevelopmentBoard Member
Gérald RichardMinistère de l’Éducation et Développement de la petite enfanceBoard Member
Camille ThériaultFédération des caisses populaires acadiennesBoard Member
Marilyn Trenholme CounsellLiteracy Coalition of New BrunswickBoard Member



What Our Volunteers Say

I started volunteering for the ELF program in 2013. I am a stay at home Mom, and was looking to do some volunteering. The ELF program seemed like a good fit because I have always been an avid reader, and am passionate about others being readers too. 

I love introducing kids to new books and helping spread the joy of reading. When I get feedback from a teacher that the child’s reading level has improved, it makes it all worth it. It is a great feeling to have made a difference in improving literacy in New Brunswick, and I am proud to be a volunteer in this program. 

Becka Ross-Marr

ELF Volunteer

I took the training and was an ELF mentor at the same elementary school I did work placement as an EA. This year my work schedule allowed me to volunteer again so I did as I have seen first hand the impact it can have on a child’s learning. 

I enjoy the time I spend with my student and watching him grow. It amazes me how quickly he catches on to the new words he is learning. I have seen a boost in his confidence and it feels great to know  that I have made a difference in his life. ELF is very rewarding. It’s really quite easy and doesn’t require a lot of time but the long-term impact for the student is immeasurable. This little act of kindness makes a huge difference in the life of a child.

Tracey Dunn

ELF Volunteer

Get Involved.

Reaching all those New Brunswick children who require reading support requires time and money. An investment of your time or resources in ELF programming is an investment in the future – a future filled with possibilities and opportunities for New Brunswick’s youngest children.