“Meeting the student where they are at” is a cornerstone of how READ teachers design and plan individual programs and activities.
Children & Youth
READ qualiﬁed teachers have designed and delivered individualized learning programs in small class-settings since 1976.
Since 1980, READ adult educators have designed and delivered small group and individual adult learning programs.
& administration office:
#306-620 View St
Victoria, BC V8W 1Y5
News & Events
Effective immediately, our new address is as follows:
#306-620 View Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1Y5
We can be reached by telephone at 778-676-3652.
The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Victoria READ Society will be held on Tuesday, March 1 beginning at 5:30 pm, and to be followed by the regular monthly board meeting.
Venue: The new READ office in the Volunteer Victoria complex at 620 View Street, room #306. This is across the street from the Bay building.
Parking: Street parking is often available in the area. Also, there are parkades nearby.
Agenda: Members can access the Minutes from the March 3 2015 AGM and a copy of the 2016 Agenda by contacting Co-Chair Carol Carman by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- $40 per year
- Low income, student and un-waged: $10.00
- READ families with a family member enrolled in a READ program are members at no cost.
DECEMBER 7th, 2015 – INFORMATION BULLETIN
VICTORIA, BC — The Victoria READ Society is downsizing and restructuring its programming, effective December 31, 2015, to address funding shortfalls in some areas of tutorial services. The READ Society has operated in Victoria since 1976 helping children, youth and adults gain literacy, numeracy and essential skills.
For the past several years, READ has been gradually depleting a cash reserve to offset a shortfall in donations and funding. That reserve is now exhausted. It is with great regret that the Board of Directors has begun a restructuring process that includes:
• Layoffs of all administrative and teaching staff, effective December 23, 2015
• Suspension of the Tuition Assistance program, effective at the end of the 2015 term (December 17, 2015)
• Cancellation of READ’s lease of office space at 202 – 990 Hillside Avenue
The non-profit READ Society relies on funding from a variety of government and private donors to deliver various literacy programs, through combinations of professional teachers and volunteers. Unfortunately, this income has been insufficient to cover costs, particularly of the Tuition Assistance Program that has supported children and youth from low-income families since 1980.
Effective December 23, 2015, all financially unsustainable READ programs and activities are being terminated. The Board has taken extraordinary measures, including employee lay-offs, in the restructuring process. All programs will undergo a thorough review. Those that are fully funded will continue into the 2016 school term.
READ programs that are currently fully funded and expected to continue include:
• The Noisy Kids Reading Program (delivered after-hours in Greater Victoria School District schools)
• Remedial Literacy and Numeracy Programs (including Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services students and private fee payers)
• Vancouver Island Correctional Centre (Wilkinson Road) tutoring program for inmates
• RIOTR (READ is on the Road) delivered on-site at the Songhees Nation Wellness Centre
• Nationally recognized Level B Psychometric Assessments for learners, accepted by the BC Education system
Through early 2016, the Board will be developing a new operating model that will be sustainable in the current and future economic and learning environment. This may include collaboration with other non-profit agencies on ways to offer services in the most effective, efficient and affordable manner.
The Board extends its thanks to the truly outstanding staff, teachers, volunteers and donors who have supported READ over the years and who make such huge differences in the lives of learners.
For further information, contact:
Carol Carman, Co-Chair