Polar Bears  The Polar Bear

In the 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 Canada.

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

Learning Centre - Valley of Barrie

A Learning Centre is a place where children are important!
There are Learning Centres throughout Canada and the USA.

The Barrie Learning Center is part of a national program initiated and supported by the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada. The Centre has received generous support from Masonic Lodges, individual donors and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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.

The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre - Valley of Barrie was incorporated June 1, 2010 and wholly responsible for the governance of the Learning Centre - Valley of Barrie. The Corporation is a separate, stand-alone entity.

The Learning Centre is a positive tool for dyslexic children and their parents to see what dyslexics can achieve.

Dyslexia? It's only a word, not a sentence.

Dyslexia is an information-processing problem in the brain that makes it difficult to interpret language and symbols, such as letters. It runs in families. But it doesn't have to limit a child's future success and happiness.

Many experts refer to dyslexia as 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."

Well, dyslexia is not that at all! It is a learning difference -- not a learning disablilty.

Several famous people with dyslexia are: Jay Leno, Cher, John Lennon, Tom Cruise, Prince Charles, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mozart, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, are just a few high achievers who have struggled with dyslexia.

A lot of them had something in common.
They had someone who believed in them.

Board of Governors for the Learning Centre for Dyslexic children in the Barrie area.

Vice Chairman
Director of Operations
Assistant Treasurer
Active Member

- David J. Boyd
- Paul F. Fockler
- Ross L. Martin
- Rodney E. Greer
- Douglas Wm. Jagges
- Nancy Ortlieb
- Robert D. Brethour
- Donald G. Coates
- Bruce A. Fraser
- John E. Harrison
- Stephen W. Martin
- John Wm. McKillip
- John A. Slessor

Learning Centre - Executive Director
Ross Martin
99 Morrow Rd., Barrie

The Mission of the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centres for Children is to provide quality, state-of-the-art, free remedial tutoring to children with difficulties in reading, writing and related scholastic skills formally identified as ‘dyslexia’.

The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre -Valley of Barrie

The Learning Centre Committee has chosen 'CanadaHelps.org' to process our online donations. CanadaHelp is fast, safe, and secure for you, and an economical way for our charity to fundraise online.

We need and appreciate any donation you may make towards this worth while venture, thank you very much.
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Links to the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation
Learning Centres of Canada:

 Barrie:       http://barrievalleyscottishrite.com/learning.htm
 Calgary:     http://www.srcflcc.org
 Edmonton: http://ritetolearn.ca
 Halifax:      http://www.dyslexiacentrehalifax.com/ 
 London:     http://clients.pppoe.ca/~scottishrite/
 Moncton:   http://www.dyslexiacentremoncton.com/en/about.php
 Windsor:    http://dyslexia.eriemasons.org/
 Vancouver: http://www.bclcfordyslexia.org

Valley of Barrie, Learning Centre
99 Morrow Road,
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
L4N 3V7
Phone: (705) 325-1708

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