Staff – Facilitators

Literature for Life’s facilitators are important adult role models, mentors and motivators for the women in our Women with Words Reading Circles. They are writers and comfortable with widely divergent learning, cultural and social styles that reflect the diversity of the city.  To ensure we are meeting the needs and interests of the young moms, facilitators meet monthly to evaluate their challenges and successes, to review new books for a particular curriculum topic and to plan excursions that give young moms opportunities to attend theatre, the ROM or other various arts events.

Our facilitators:

  • Have a passion for books
  • Are writers
  • Know the value of reading stories in developing empathy and social skills
  • Non judgmental
  • Good listeners
  • Creative and strategic thinkers
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have experience working with vulnerable youth
  • Inspire creativity in others
  • Calm
  • While working to a plan are flexible when necessary
  • Have a good sense of humour
  • Have good emotional intelligence
  • Have good organizational skills
  • Work together and with our partners to develop and implement best practices

Dalton Higgins


Dalton Higgins is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, community educator and broadcaster who’s authored five books including Far From Over, the first biography of platinum-selling hip-hop artist Drake – which is carried in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame & Museum collection in Cleveland – and Hip Hop World which is carried in Harvard University’s hip hop archive. Nominated for a Hip Hop Scholar of the Year Award by Washington DC-based WBLINC (2010), his research has taken him to Denmark, France, Australia, Spain, Colombia, Germany, England and Cuba. An early adopter in the worlds where technology, diversity, hip hop and hipster culture intersect, Dalton’s daily Daltoganda, musings, rants, jabs, pontifications and fire-and-brimstone blather can be accessed from his digital pulpit on twitter @daltonhiggins5

Albert R. Williams

awilliamsjr@literatureforlife.orgAlbert Williams

Albert is passionate about literature and enjoys introducing young people to the exciting world of books. He grew up surrounded by books in a family that would stage mini productions on weekends to entertain each other. He worked as a teacher of Literature for five years after completing his First-degree in English from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Albert says he learned more about English as a teacher than he did in his years of studying as a student.

Albert is currently enrolled in the 2nd year of Humber College’s Journalism program and is a writer for the school’s newspaper and the executive editor for the online magazine, Scribe. His desire for being a journalist is to tell the stories of the most vulnerable among us who does not have agency to share their experiences. Albert was the 2013 winner of the Liberal Arts medal at Humber College, for excellence in writing. He sees writing as a skill and constantly challenges himself and those around him to practice this skill until perfection is achieved.

Teneile Warren


Teneile is a writer by nature, but a strategist through experience. With more than decade of experience as a playwright, creative writer, copywriter and business developer, Teneile understands firsthand the personal and social impact of storytelling. She brings a passion and strong business sense to her role. 

 Teneile joined Literature for Life as a facilitator and continues to facilitate one of the Women with Words Reading Circles. Thus, she places a keen focus on making sure that the participants are always placed first in strategy and development planning.

 A rare find, with both an artistic and business sense, Teneile is a published Writer, produced and award winning Playwright and, admittedly, a little bossy (oldest child syndrome).  She credits her grandmother for introducing her to books. “The world began with a sentence; make of that what you will.”

Erica Ruth Kelly


Erica is a Montreal-born, now Toronto-dwelling writer and educator, whose work has been in the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, The Toast, Maisonneuve, among others. She has an M.A. in English Literature from Concordia University, a background in arts journalism and speaks fluent French (she’d love to practice with you).
Erica was so inspired by Literature for Life’s mission that she knew she had to be a part of it from moment one. Together with Teneile, she developed The Art of the Story, a Literature for Life program that focuses on storytelling and personal essay writing, as a means of introducing young mothers to the power of their own voice. 

Teenaz Javat Teenaz Photo

By blood Indian, by bond Pakistani and by choice Canadian, Teenaz  Javat works the Alert Desk where she writes headlines for a living at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Toronto. On occasion she produces stories for their flagship radio show, Metro Morning. In her spare time she likes to tell shoe stories and is a founding member of the Shoe Project Alumnae Collective Education (SPACE).​

Clare Michelle Kenty 

Born and raised in the UK, Clare found her love for literature early on. Still a lover of literature and now a published writer and photographer, an educator and an Integrative Health Coach, Clare helps people to find their mojo by getting them in tune with their bodies’ needs.

Clare has lived and worked as a teacher in over ten cities and visited over twenty countries around the world. She loves immersing herself in different cultures, meeting different  people, hearing their stories and tasting different types of food.

As a facilitator, Clare brings her love of literature, her experience as an educator and her knowledge of food and nutrition to the “One Pot, Many Stories” program.

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