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Children’s Dyslexic Learning Centre In Desperate Need Of New Space

By Tara Clow Dec 7, 2022 | 12:58 PM

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The Children’s Dyslexic Learning Centre needs a new home.

They are currently using space at the Moncton Lions Community Centre, but it is being turned into a winter warming centre for the homeless at the end of December.

Moncton City Council made the announcement about the building on St. George Street this week.

The Dyslexic Learning Centre tutoring service relocated from Riverview to the Lions Centre in January of 2022, after the building they were using flooded and was in desperate need of repair.

Senior Tutor Laura Leblanc says, “We really thought we had found our new home. We got some cubicle dividers and had access to all of our stuff. It was really convenient, and the kids were kind of settling in. It just felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath us. We weren’t even given any advance notice. So we have been scrambling ever since trying to find a place that’s suitable, safe and that we can afford. As a nonprofit charity, we have an embarrassingly low budget. We were paying $900, and that included our utilities and our Internet.”

Leblanc says their hope is to find a new location by next week, so on moving day, which is December 13th, they can relocate their things into a new space, instead of putting them in storage.

“One thousand to 1500 square feet would be our sweet spot range if utilities and Internet are included, that would be wonderful. Our wish list isn’t huge, but our biggest determining factor, unfortunately, it really comes down to money,” Leblanc adds.

She says they are limited because they are a non-profit organization.

Currently, the Children’s Dyslexic Learning Centre has volunteer tutors with 15 students, but their waiting list has 80 names on it.

Leblanc says they are open to locations anywhere in Greater Moncton, “We really want a space where we feel comfortable and safe, with a quiet spot to tutor, because sometimes these kids are easily distracted,” Leblanc adds.

“If someone has a location, we have a Facebook page and we’d love to hear from them. We would be more than appreciative if any property owners would be willing to help us out. At the end of the day, it’s all about the kids. Let’s help support everyone and let’s hope we can go into Christmas break with a solution and with a new home,” Leblanc says.


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