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
Learning Centre - Valley of Barrie
WHO ARE WE?
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
Director of Operations
- 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 -
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’.
99 Morrow Rd., Barrie
The Scottish Rite
Charitable Foundation Learning Centre -Valley of Barrie
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