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 London, Halifax, Windsor, and the soon to be operational 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 way:

"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,
There Is A Mason

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
- Bruce A. Fraser
- John Harrison
- Randy Hutchinson
- Steve Martin
- John McKillip
- John A. Slessor

Learning Centre
Executive Director
- Ross Martin
99 Morrow Rd.,
Barrie,  1-705-325-1708

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 Learning Centres:

Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada
Learning Centres for Children:  http://clients.pppoe.ca/~scottishrite/    
Halifax:   http://www.dyslexiacentrehalifax.com/ 
London:  http://clients.pppoe.ca/~scottishrite/london_index.htm
Windsor: http://dyslexia.eriemasons.org/
Barrie:     http://barrievalleyscottishrite.com
Edmonton: http://ritetolearn.ca

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
of Freemasonry of Canada
Valley of Barrie
99 Morrow Road,
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
L4N 3V7
Phone and Fax: (705) 722-0432

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