Victoria READ Society (READ)

Victoria READ Society (READ)

READ is a non-profit society that designs and implements remedial educational programs for people of all ages. The centre's vision is that everyone in society has the literacy skills to contribute to their full potential. Literacy and numeracy are fundamental building blocks in our learning journey. READ assesses participants and plans learning programs that build on individual strengths and close learning gaps. In partnership with individuals, agencies, businesses and funders READ helps create strong, assured learners and community members.


READ was founded in 1976 by four teachers who identified a need to support struggling learners. Over the past 35 years teachers and staff have designed and delivered innovative and engaging programs that support individual, community and family learning. READ has led the way in community-based learning since it began.

It has joined forces with Literacy Victoria, to assure even better literacy support for Greater Victoria

Services Offered

  • Adult Literacy: one-on-one tutoring

    • Academic Assessments: recognized across school districts
    • Remedial learning plans and classes

    • Noisy Kids Reading Club outreach program: after-school student and family learning program

    • Learning Camps


    The Victoria READ Society has activities in the following locations:

    • Victoria and West Shore and School Districts 61, 62 and 63

    Interesting Facts

    Some of the things READ has done that reflects our commitment to learning and our community

    • started the tuition assistance fund for struggling students from low-income families in 1980

    • developed The Learners' Network in 1988 and transferred it to Literacy Victoria in 1990

    • established Wordstream Press – A Learners Press, which published the writing of adult learners until 1994

    • sponsored family literacy conferences including Ripples on the Pond in 1999 and Literacy Across the Spectrum in 2000

    • coordinated Random Acts of Poetry , with poet Wendy Morton, from 2004 to 2010

    • compiled The Family Literacy Directory and on-line map, in 2006

    • developed and implemented the Workplace Learning Project from 2008-2011

    • designed and launched Building Learning Bridges – literacy tools for those working with youth [collaboration with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria]

    • participated in Regional Literacy Advisory Groups since they began in 2006

    • publish the bi-annual InWords, a collection of writing by child and adult learners (see some samples in our Student Showcase)

    Connection to Community

    Work with families, schools, businesses, government, community agencies and First Nations to build confident, inspired learners of all ages.

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