The Peel Literacy Guild Inc. (Charitable BN 10783 0689 RR0001) began providing free, one-on-one literacy tutoring to English-speaking, adult non-readers in 1981. Up until then, although Mississauga had numerous classes for English as a Second Language, there was no tutoring service for basic literacy. Some adult non-readers approached staff working with the Mississauga Library System asking for help on where to find literacy support. In addition, the Dufferin-Peel Separate School Board felt that many of their students' academic progress were hindered due to lack of literacy in the home. A group of educators and human and social service agencies joined forces to create the Peel Literacy Guild to meet this emerging need.
Since 1981, over 5,000 adults have received literacy training. This training has made a difference in their lives at work, home and in the community by enabling them to participate more fully and with increased independence. The Guild's programs have expanded to include two learning centres, one in Mississauga and one in Brampton. In addition, regular classes are delivered at the Ontario Correctional Institute and special needs learners with developmental and/or physical or visual challenges receive tutoring sometimes with the aid of specialized technology. Finally, the Guild has been a leader in support of literacy and volunteer networking activities locally and provincially with staff members having sat on the boards of the:
The Guild's mission is "Building a literate community, one person at a time"
- Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy
- Peel Adult Learning Network
- Ontario Literacy Coalition
- Peel/Halton/Dufferin Educators and Trainers Reference Group to the Local Training and Adjustment Board (Area 10)
- Volunteer Centre of Peel
- Peel Volunteer Administrators Network
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