Welcome to the Valley of
Barrie, Learning Centres for
Children - Serving the regions of
Barrie and Muskoka
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
The Learning Centre is a positive tool for dyslexic children
and their parents to see what dyslexics can achieve.
We are currently providing our
services, in and the surrounding regions of Barrie and
of the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation
... 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 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 Ontario, 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.