Julie is chair-holder of the Interdisciplinary Chair in Literacy and Inclusion attached to Université du Québec en Outaouais (Gatineau, Québec, Canada), where she is also Associate Professor.

“I was born in rural Québec, Canada to a family of seven children. We were raised on a farm and although my parents were not schooled above elementary level, they always encouraged my siblings and I to strive for the higher education. My first memories of reading are with my father. Each morning he would sit at the kitchen table reading the newspaper and I would often sit beside him, looking over his shoulder. Fifty years later, I am still an avid consumer of news although now I access it through my tablet. The times have changed and the points of access are different but the tradition of reading has continued!”