Welcome to our new site. We will be adding new information and pages frequently, so please check back often for updates.
Please explore our site; find out how you can get help to improve your literacy and numeracy skills, volunteer with the Council or provide financial support for our work.
Our purpose is to help adults in our community improve their basic reading, writing and math skills; to use
these skills in everyday living; to help them reach their goals; and to help them improve their self-esteem
If you need help with basic reading, writing and math, please call our office at 705.728.7323
Barrie Literacy Council
Registration takes place
November 23rd and 30th
in the food court
at the Kozlov Shopping Centre.
For full details go to
The Barrie Literacy Council Changes Lives!
Watch our latest student interview
Gary Porter is interviewed for the Get Involved series
on TV Ontario
Meet Kathie, a volunteer tutor with the Barrie Literacy Council. Kathie talks about the rewards of tutoring adult learners, and how the staff at the Council can assist in every stage of the learning process.
Click here to view an interview with Erin, a volunteer tutor and committee chair on the Board of Directors
The following interview with former student and BLC board member, Gary Porter will give you an excellent overview of what we do, whether you are a potential student or volunteer with the Council.
"I can read better now, and that makes me a better person. I now can read the newspaper"
"I can read labels in the grocery store, read road signs, the TV guide, the notes the teacher sends me. I was able to set up my e-mail address account"
"I have more confidence in myself. I can read very well. I now can read stories that my friend sends me in the mail. I do better in going to the bank. I now have a paying job next door. It gives me some pocket money."
"This is how the literacy improved me. With my whole life, reading, communication, my confidence,my understanding of math, watching news or educational programs, and the big one-listening. I have hope for once. There is no holding me back. Look out, here I come!"
"Literacy has changed my life. My reading and math and understanding of things have improved. I like coming to class. I have more confidence in myself and I know I am able to do things all by myself. I am also taking horseback lessons. I am very proud of myself."