The Polar Bear
United States, where Scottish Rite Masonic bodies have
successfully operated Learning Centres for several
years, the symbol is a teddy bear. Being Canadian, home
of the north, when the first Learning Centre was opened
in London ON, the polar bear was chosen. Between his
paws the Polar Bear holds the symbol of the Scottish
Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada, the foundation
initiated, and supports, Learning Centres throughout
The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation presently oversees learning centres
in Barrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, London, Moncton, Windsor, and Vancouver.
Link to the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of
Canada Learning Centres for Children
About the Valley Of Barrie
Learning Centre for Children
What is a Learning Centre?
A Learning Centre is a place where children are
important! Learning Centres are planned and established
by Scottish Rite Freemasons - a centuries-old men's
fraternal organization. Canadian Learning Centres
operate under the auspices of the Scottish Rite
Charitable Foundation of Canada.
At the Learning Centres, we help children with dyslexia
to learn to read. Learning Centres tutor children
individually with the Orton Gillingham Approach that
accommodates their specific learning differences in a
one-to-one setting. There is no cost to the child or
family. The sessions are all after regular school hours
Starting in London Ontario, using a model developed in
the United States, Scottish Rite Masons in Canada are
beginning to spread Learning Centres across Canada.
What is Dyslexia?
Difficulties in reading may be the result of dyslexia.
The International Dyslexia Association defines it this
"Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is
neurological in origin. It is characterized by
difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word
recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.
These difficulties typically result from a deficit in
the phonological component of language that is often
unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and
the provision of effective classroom instruction.
Secondary consequences may include problems in reading
comprehension and reduced reading experience that can
impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."
Where There Is A Need,
Is A Mason
Board of Governors for
the Learning Centre for Dyslexic children in the
Director of Operations
- David J. Boyd
- Paul F. Fockler
- Ross L. Martin
- Rodney E. Greer
- Douglas Wm. Jagges
- Nancy Ortlieb
- Robert D. Brethour
- Bruce A. Fraser
- John E. Harrison
- Randy S. R. Hutchinson
- Stephen W. Martin
- John Wm. McKillip
- John A. Slessor
Executive Director -
99 Morrow Rd., Barrie
The Scottish Rite
Charitable Foundation Learning Centre -Valley of Barrie
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