• Literacy Connection Board announces the resignation of Karen Oswald, Executive Director

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    January 12, 2018
    Literacy Connection Board announces the resignation of Karen Oswald, Executive Director

    The Literacy Connection Board of Directors announced today that Karen Oswald has resigned from her twenty-year post as the Executive Director of The Literacy Connection, effective February 15, 2018.  Oswald has accepted a position as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Manager of the Township High School District 214 Community Education Department. A reception to recognize her service will be held on Wednesday, January 24 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL in the Meadows Community Rooms A and B. The event is open to the public.

    During Oswald’s tenure, The Literacy Connection has provided an average of 8,750 hours of instruction to 312 adult learners each year. The agency has averaged 175 active volunteer tutors, and operated with grant and fundraising revenues of $282,500. The organization has offered Adult Volunteer Literacy Programs for adults in need of English as a second language and basic literacy skills, drop-in English conversation groups, citizenship conversation groups, Family Literacy Programs at local elementary schools, and Workplace Literacy Programs at local businesses.

    The agency has had partnerships with Gail Borden Public Library, Fox River Valley Public Library, School District U-46, School District 300, YWCA Elgin, Elgin Community College, Community Crisis Center, Centro de Información, Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, Literacy DuPage, and Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County.

    Oswald served as the coordinator of the Elgin Human Service Council in 2017, and received the YWCA Elgin’s Leader Luncheon Marie Grolich Award for Social Services in 2016. The Business Ledger honored The Literacy Connection with the Annual Award for Business Excellence: Notable Non-Profit in 2009.

    Oswald said, “I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead this agency and provide life-changing educational opportunities to thousands of adults in the communities we serve. I am grateful to all those who have shared my journey and supported the organization. I know our great work will continue under new leadership with the dedication of so many who are devoted to the causes of literacy, English proficiency and citizenship.”

    The Board of Directors of The Literacy Connection will be interviewing candidates to fill Oswald’s position in the near future. Make inquiries to Jay Robinson, Board President, through the Literacy Connection office 847-742-6565. Visit www.elginliteracy.org to learn more about the organization.  Jay Robinson stated, “It is the Board’s priority to find the best individual to lead and maintain a stable and effective organization. We will share the job announcement soon and work to identify candidates who will guide the organization to continued success in the future.”

    “We deeply appreciate the dedication, passion and enthusiasm Karen has brought to the organization over the past twenty years. She will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, volunteers and community partners. We look forward to the next phase of The Literacy Connection’s development,” said Jay Robinson.

    The Literacy Connection serves 16 northwest suburban Chicago communities including Algonquin, Bartlett, Carpentersville, Cary, Elgin, South Elgin, East Dundee, West Dundee, Gilberts, Hanover Park, Hampshire, Hoffman Estates, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Streamwood, and Schaumburg. The agency provides customized one-on-one and small group adult tutoring, citizenship conversation groups, English conversation groups, and family literacy programs. 
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