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

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.

Chairman
Vice Chairman
Director of Operations
Secretary
Treasurer
Assistant Treasurer
Active Member

Member
- David J. Boyd
- Paul F. Fockler
- Ross L. Martin
- Rodney E. Greer
- Douglas Wm. Jagges
- Nancy Ortlieb
- Robert D. Brethour
- Bruce A. Fraser
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
- John E. Harrison
- Randy S. R. Hutchinson
- Stephen W. Martin
- John Wm. McKillip
- John A. Slessor

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

The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre -Valley of Barrie

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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
Email:
ross.martin3@hotmail.ca 

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