About Us and What We Do

The Valley Adult Learning Association (VALA), is a non-profit organization funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU).

Purpose

The Valley Adult Learning Association (VALA), provides the Ontario Literacy and Basic Skills program (LBS) to people in the Rainy River District. Our staff and volunteer tutors work with committed adults to achieve their personal goals whether it be for improved opportunity in the workplace, further education and training or increased personal independence.

Objectives

Our three objectives are: to deliver a comprehensive literacy program which meets individual needs, to recruit, train and provide support to the volunteer tutors and staff members who deliver the program, and to increase public awareness about the issue of adult literacy and its social consequences. This is achieved by advertising through community events and expositions, presentations to community service organizations and offering programs to the public.

Membership

An individual can become a member of VALA upon payment of a $5.00 annual fee. An organization can become a member upon payment of a $20.00 annual fee. The membership year is from April 1 to March 31.

Board

The Board of Directors has eight members, elected for a one or two year term, consisting of President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five members-at-large. One member is a learner, current or past.

Volunteers

Volunteers and volunteer tutors are essential to the success of our organization. If you are interested in volunteering for our services, please call us.

After I was laid off from one of my part-time jobs, a friend suggested I call VALA... I called Barb Duguay in late November of 2010 and I came in for an intake to determine how their office could best help me. After I said I would really like to gain experience as a receptionist but that I lacked computer skills, Barb offered me receptionist OJT as well as signed me up for my first ever (!) computer course for January 2011.

I took Word and Power Point as well as Excel as one course just opened the door to my learning and using the skills immediately as part of the on-the-job training I received here. The staff is friendly and very encouraging. Eventually I was actually hired here as their new receptionist. That was definitely a bonus I did not expect!

Sincerely grateful,
Tami Burnell