About Us

Interested in Learning with Us?

To book a time to come in and meet with our Adult Literacy Program Coordinator, Christa Porter, call (705) 209-4485 or email apc@gatewaycentreforlearning.ca. During this meeting we will talk about your needs, assess your current skills, and talk about how we can help you. You can learn more about our programs here.

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Our Story

Gateway Centre for Learning was started by a group of people in the community who loved to read and recognized that too many people in their community didn’t have this ability. They wanted to change this so much that they organized one-on-one tutoring to teach people to read and write at a kitchen table in one of their homes. As this operation grew, they founded the Midland Area Reading Council (MARC) on June 1, 1982.

MARC continued to teach adults to read and write with one-on-one tutoring, but as the times changed, we wanted to include other services that were needed in the community. This meant increasing our services to include math, computer skills upgrading, employment skills training, and life skills training. In 2012, the organization’s name was changed to Gateway Centre for Learning to better reflect the services that we provide.

Gateway Centre for Learning has come a long way and we are proud that people turn to us when they need help and want to improve their skills. We are located in downtown Midland and have dedicated staff, volunteers, and a Board of Directors that work hard towards achieving our mission to teach reading, writing, math, and digital skills in a manner that meets individual needs. We have also expanded what we offer from one-on-one tutoring to include Digital Device Coaching for Seniors, partnership programs with other non-profits, workshops, and technology training for individuals or businesses.

We no longer meet around a kitchen table to teach people reading and writing, but we continue with the idea that began this organization of wanting to help people in our community better their lives.


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Ways to Support Gateway Centre for Learning


Donate or become a sponsor or partner! You can find more information on how to donate and support Gateway Center for Learning here. Potential sponsors and partners should contact us to book a tour and information session.

Shop at Bookmark Used Books! Bookmark Used Books is located at 488 Dominion Ave in Midland, ON. It is stocked by donation and volunteer run, so that all proceeds go to fund programs at Gateway Centre for Learning. Find our more about Bookmark Used Books here.

Volunteer! We are always looking for volunteers to join our team! If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our Member Services Coordinator, Kaylynn Tighe, at (705) 527-1522 or email admin@gatewaycentreforlearning.ca. Learn more about our volunteer program here.


GATEWAY CENTRE FOR LEARNING is a not-for-profit registered charity.
Our charitable number is: 119040319RR0001.