About Us

Program Read is a community-based non-profit organization. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected from the community. This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada- Ontario Job Fund Agreement. We also receive donations and are very grateful for these contributions.

Program Read follows the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework. This program provides adult learners with the following competencies:

  • Find and Use Information
  • Communicate Ideas and Information
  • Understand and Use Numbers
  • Use Digital Technology
  • Manage Learning
  • Engage with Others

We offer classroom training three afternoons a week for learners who want to find employment and prefer to learn in a small class setting.

One-to-one tutoring is also available.  Trained volunteer tutors work individually with adult learners to help them improve their reading, writing, spelling and basic math skills.  Tutors meet with learners once or twice a week to help with their specific needs. These learners goals might be to find a job, to be able to take secondary school credits, or to increase their everyday life skills.

Computer-based literacy training is provided by volunteers and staff in our computer labs and classroom.  Learners use software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as a variety of educational software to work on literacy while learning basic computer skills.  Learners can also use our computers to check email, do online job searches and applications. They can also access E-Channel online learning through the Learning Hub and Good Learning Anywhere websites.

Where are we?

We are centrally located at 123 March Street, Suite 15. One-to-one lessons are usually held at our March Street location, but we can make arrangements for learners and tutors to meet off-site at a convenient, neutral public location – such as the Library.


How are we funded?

Program Read is an Employment Ontario program funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada- Ontario Job Fund Agreement. We are also grateful for donations we receive from the community.

What other services are provided?

Program Read provides information and referral services to the public about other literacy agencies in the community such as School Board and College Literacy and Basic Skills programs.  We also make referrals to Employment Agencies if employment is a learner’s goal.  We do initial, ongoing, and exit assessments based on Ministry guidelines.  Program Read staff work with each student to develop an individual learning plan.

What is the cost?

Both the tutoring and small group class are free. There is  no cost to the student.  Transportation and/or child care costs are available to eligible students who need these supports.

How to enroll?

Please call our office at 705-946-3953 to make an appointment for an interview.  The interview will take approximately an hour.  During the interview we will determine how we can best help you to meet your goal.

Lucille Carson, B.A. : Acting Executive Director

Lucille Carson, B.A.

Acting Executive Director

Maureen Kiely B.A., M.Sc. : Instructor

Maureen Kiely B.A., M.Sc.


Wendy Conway : Instructor

Wendy Conway


Marina Thompson : Office Assistant

Marina Thompson

Office Assistant


Program Read Board of Directors

John Duke - President

Melissa Ouimette - Vice President

Roxanne Rissanen - Treasurer/Secretary

Helena Huopalainen

Raquel Lehto

Art Fink

Erika Provenzano

Victoria Chu

Kaitlyn Watson