About Us:

The ALC is a fully incorporated, not-for-profit, registered charity (#10668-6298) whose membership is made up of volunteers or supporting members. The affairs of the Council are managed by a Board of nine volunteer directors. The Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month.

The Adult Literacy Council of Greater Fort Erie (ALC) was founded in November 1978 to provide help in basic reading, writing and math for members of the community who were no longer in the school system. The first tutor training workshop was held in January 1979 and since that time volunteer tutors have been matched with learners on an ongoing basis.

This organization is part of the Laubach Literacy International, which was founded by Dr. Frank Laubach in 1955. Dr. Laubach developed a method of reading instruction that has been used in over 100 countries. This phonics-based reading program is used as a core series for teaching the basic skills involved in reading and writing. The ALC also utilizes other methods of instruction based on the individual needs of the learners.


The Board of Directors
Acting Chair Stephen Passero
Secretary/Treasurer Karen Raymond
Directors at Large Marie Alexander
  Grace Maskell
  Shawn Willick
  Colette Woolley
   
   
 



Staff Members
Literacy Program Coordinator Lesley Rickard lesley@literacyforterie.ca
Program/Volunteer Coordinator Maria Salvati maria@literacyforterie.ca
     


 

Community Connections

 
Funding Sources
 
  • Fort Erie Bingo
  • Community Social Service Organizations and Foundations
  • Personal Donations, Memberships, & Bequests
  • ALC hosted events, and other fundraising initiatives
 
The ALC has also partnered on fund raising events with outstanding businesses, engaged in the community. The following businesses have been loyal and generous partners: 
 
  • Bertie Printers
  • Canadian Niagara Power
  • Crawford Smith & Swallow
  • Crescent Gardens
  • Durward Jones & Barkwell
  • Economic Development & Tourism Corporation
  • Employment Professionals Canada
  • The Fort Erie Italo-Canadian Club, Pasta Dinner
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Niagara College

 

Community Partners
 
The ALC has worked with numerous organizations throughout the community since its inception in 1978. These organizations have provided tutoring sites, volunteers for events, tutors, and books and tutoring materials. Many of the ALC learners have been referred to us by these organizations.
 
Currently, The ALC is working closely with the following in the delivery of its literacy programmes:
 

  • Community Living of Fort Erie
  • District School Board of Niagara
  • Fort Erie Multicultural Centre
  • Fort Erie Public Library
  • Fort Erie YMCA
  • Head Injury Association of Fort Erie (HIAFE)
  • JHS/Job Gym
  • Literacy Link Niagara
  • Niagara Catholic District School Board of Niagara
  • Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • Niagara Regional Literacy Council
  • Salvation Army
  • St. Paul's Anglican Church

 


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