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Orillia and District Literacy Council celebrates 40 years with new downtown office

Agency is hosting open house at its new 55 Nottawasaga Street office April 12
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The Orillia and District Literacy Council has a new home and wants to show off their new space. With that in mind, an open house will be held at 55 Nottawasaga St. on Thursday, April 12. All are welcome. Supplied photo

This year the Orillia and District Literacy Council (ODLC) celebrates 40 years of improving lives in our community. To mark the occasion, an open house will be held at our new location at 55 Nottawasaga St. on Thursday, April 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come and check out our new location to see what we offer.

In addition to our move, this coming year is an exciting one for us at the ODLC. On May 4-5 our staff, students and volunteers will participate in our annual TAG days at various locations in our community. In June, we are proud to be hosting an annual provincial literacy conference and we look forward to hosting our annual Feast for Learning in September.

The need for ODLC continues to exist in our community. “…The need to encourage adults to learn doesn’t seem to go away,” says volunteer Sam M.

Community Literacy of Ontario statistics show that literacy is directly linked to economic growth and success. Furthermore, low literacy skills strongly correlate with poorer health in Canadians. The goal at ODLC continues to be to minimize these statistics and to support members of our communities to reach their individual learning goals.

In an ongoing effort to target the needs in our community, ODLC will be continuing two programs that have seen huge success in the past. Our Computer Basics class offers adults the chance to learn basic computer skills often needed in the labour market and in life. With typing, software usage, Internet navigation, job application and using email, adult learners will leave this program more confident and independent in using the computer.

Our Soft Skills Solutions program provides valuable workplace skills that employers are asking for! This program includes skill building on communication, personal management, problem solving and more. Our goal in providing these programs is to give our learners the skills to be successful in work and in life.

The staff, learners, volunteers, and board of directors would like to thank the community for the continued support of ODLC programs and initiatives. ODLC continues to work with a committed and enthusiastic group of volunteers who dedicate their time to helping adults with reading, writing, computers, math, and essential skills.

Since 1978, the ODLC has served over 3,000 adults with a variety of goals. People come for a number of reasons, and ODLC welcomes adult learners who want to improve their lives. ODLC continues to help adults with literacy and essential skills development. Doors are always open to new learners and volunteers. Contact us at 705-327-1253 for more information.