OTF Recognition Event

April 19, 2024

Today we celebrated our new floors and all the support we received throughout this process. We are so excited to show off our new space with our community!

Annual Meeting 2023

September 22, 2022

It was great to see everyone at our Annual Meeting this year! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on Zoom and participate to elect our new Board of Directors. The new Board met immediately after the Annual Meeting and elected their executive positions:

Karen Wheeler – President
Garry McPhail – Vice-President
Holly Norris – Treasurer
Jacquelyn Genis – Secretary

It was a great night, and we look forward to the next one in 2024!


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Annual General Meeting 2023

August 18, 2023

Gateway Centre for Learning’s Annual General Meeting will be held September 21st, 2023 and we invite all our members to attend.

Notice of Nominees 2023-2024


Call: (705) 527-1522


Annual General Meeting 2022

September 16, 2022

A great review of our Annual General Meeting 2022!

“What a great AGM yesterday! There is lots to celebrate at Gateway. I noticed the efficiency of the meeting and the ease with which Zoom was used. Using polls as a way of voting on the motions went very smoothly. The important information shared was well presented and the news shared is so positive. I am glad that Gateway is in our community. Well done.” -Marilyn



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Annual General Meeting 2022

August 15, 2022

Gateway Centre for Learning’s Annual General Meeting will be held September 15th, 2022 and we invite all our members to attend.

Notice of Nominees 2022-2023


Call: (705) 527-1522



Welcome to Jaxon Pretty!!!

July 4, 2022

Gateway Centre for Learning would like to welcome Jaxon Pretty as our new Computer Training Instructor. We are excited to have Jaxon joining our team and next time you’re in we encourage you to introduce yourself and say ‘Hi’!



50/50 Winner!

June 2, 2022

Congratulations to Larry Walker of Waubaushene, ON who was the winner of our 40th Anniversary 50/50 Draw!!! Thank you to all those that bought tickets and came out to help Gateway celebrate its 40th Anniversary!


40th Anniversary Celebration!!!

May 10, 2022

Gateway Centre for Learning is inviting everyone to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022! We are hosting an open house and doors will be open from 3:00pm-6:00pm for people to tour Gateway Centre for Learning and Bookmark Used Books. This is a FREE event and will include door prizes, a 50/50 draw, and a cake celebration! Hope to see you there!



We’re on Instagram!

February 1, 2022

Bookmark Used Books is now on Instagram! Follow us there to find out about sales, new donations, and more!


New hours for Bookmark!!!

November 22, 2021

We’re increasing our hours! Bookmark Used Books’ new hours starting November 23rd will be Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.



Annual General Meeting 2021

September 22, 2021

Our Annual General Meeting this year went off without a hitch! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on Zoom and participate to elect our new Board of Directors. It was a great night and we look forward to the next one in 2022.


New hours for Bookmark!!!

September 20, 2021

We’re increasing our hours! Bookmark Used Books’ new hours starting September 22nd will be Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.



A big thank you…

September 15, 2021

Thank you to the Jim McCready Memorial Endowment Fund and the McCready Family for your support and very generous donation!


Gypsy Moths for Literacy was a hit!

July 26, 2021

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Andrew Combes for his Gypsy Moths for Literacy fundraiser. He raised $5,000 for Gateway Centre for Learning which will help us with our mission to teach reading, writing, math and computer skills to adults in our community. Thank you to everyone who showed up to support us and thank you again to Andrew for organizing the event!


We’re back in the office!!!

July 12, 2021

Gateway Centre for Learning’s office is reopening by appointment only on Monday, July 12th, 2021. Our safety plan is in place and we’re excited to see everyone again in person! Masks and hand sanitizing will be required when entering and a screening questionnaire will need to be completed before your appointment.


Call: (705)527-1522



Bookmark is OPEN!!!

July 2, 2021

Our COVID-19 safety plan is in place and we are excited to welcome our customers back! Masks and hand sanitizing will be required when entering and our maximum capacity will be 3 people in the store. We are also accepting donations again during our open hours.


Long-time Supporters…

July 16, 2020

The McLarens have been long-time supporters of our local community as well as advocates of the Huronia Community Foundation with Duncan being a founding father of HCF.

In memory of her late husband Duncan, Penny has made a donation to the Gateway Centre for Learning and Bookmark Used Books to support the Gateway Centre for Learning Endowment Fund. Pictured are
L-Jennifer Ellis (Executive Directory for Gateway) and Penny McLaren


MPP Jill Dunlop’s Visit

July 10, 2020

MPP Jill Dunlop stopped by Gateway Centre for Learning and Bookmark Used Books to congratulate organizations receiving continued funding support by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills, and recognize their good work!

Read the full article, “A learning curve for agencies helping those acquire education skills”, by Andrew Philips of


We are taking steps to open our doors…

July 9, 2020

  • Planning for your safe return and wellbeing
  • Learning best practices
  • Changing spaces for physical distancing
  • Putting up signs to reinforce healthy habits
  • Applying for grants
  • Stocking up on
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Providing laptops and wi-fi access to our learners to use at home!


Services are open!

March 17, 2020

Please note that our office is closed to visitors to help stop the spread of COVID 19. However, our services are open.

Staff will not be attending in-person meetings but continue to work regular office hours, remotely. We are available by telephone and online.

Call 705-527-1522 between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Bookmark Used Books is closed until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay healthy.


Thank you!

April 19, 2020

It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and the perfect time to look back on the last twelve months and be impressed. WOW. Gateway Centre for Learning’s volunteers have invested more than 4,500 hours with us to help Adult Learners build skills, foster their independence, and build a stronger community!

Together, we are “Putting the Unity in Community.”

Thank you for making a difference!


Readers’ Choice Awards 

Thank you for your votes!

Gateway Centre for Learning has been declared The Mirror’s Readers’ Choice Winner for Adult Learning, and Bookmark Used Books is their top pick for second hand bookstore.


Feast For Learning Update 

The 2020 Spring event has been postponed. Refunds are available.

Please call 705-527-1522 or visit us at 488 Dominion Avenue, Midland, to make arrangements for your refund.


Reading Glasses for Learners

February, 2020

Here’s a big SHOUT OUT to Sladjana Grundsten and Midland Optical. Please like and follow their page. They just donated several pairs of glasses for our learners. Thank you!!!


Bookshelf Makeover

February, 2020

Some talent volunteers invested their energies in a Bookmark Used Books renovation project. 


Books for We Are The Villagers

December, 2019

We made an early Christmas donation of books to Midland’s We Are The Villagers this week!

Pictured L to R: Heather Keery, our #BookmarkUsedBooks Coordinator, Gateway Volunteers Marie Fairbanks and Karen Wheeler, and Lisa Desjardins from We Are The Villagers.


Huronia Community Foundation: Giving for a Cause 2019

It was a night to remember for Gateway Centre for Learning, the Midland charity which took home $10,000 from HCF’s recent Giving for a Cause event.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from Huronia Community Foundation,” said Executive Director Jennifer Ellis.  “We cannot exist without the generosity of the people and organizations in our community, so this donation is a real recognition of the work we do each and every day to make North Simcoe stronger.”

On October 2, members of the HCF community gathered at Restaurant Ste. Marie for HCFs Annual Giving for a Cause celebration.  100% of the proceeds raised from this event went to Gateway — 50% for the establishment of an endowed fund at the Community Foundation, and 50% to be used by the organization as they see fit. Gateway provides vital literacy, numeracy and other training opportunities for adults in the region.

Thanks to those who contributed to Giving for a Cause, helping to ensure sustainable discretionary income for local charities. In particular, we are grateful to volunteer Wendy Mullin and the team at Collaborative Haus for all of their efforts to make this event a success.


Community Connections

June, 2019

Gateway Centre for Learning Executive Director, Jen Ellis, promotes our “Digital Device Coaching” program for seniors. 


Feast for Learning 2019!

Bruce and Heather Stanton are hosting “Feast for Learning” on April 26th to raise funds for Gateway Centre for Learning. To get involved, or purchase tickets, please call 705-527-1522


Huronia Community Foundation is Here for HELP!

Gateway Centre for Learning would like to thank Huronia Community Foundation for supporting their Hospitality Employability Leadership Performance (HELP) program.  HELP delivers occupational curriculum specific to the hospitality and retail industries.  Successful participants will be able to confidently enter the hospitality and retail industry with a full set of up to date and relevant skills.


The “Guys Who Care North Simcoe” Invest in Adult Literacy!

Guys Who Care North Simcoe donated $14,800 to Midland’s Gateway Centre for Learning


Thank you Cedar Ridge Pops!

September, 2014

Gateway Centre for Learning accepts a $3000 cheque from Cedar Ridge Pops.  The donation will be used to sponsor the 7th Annual Spelling Bee event on Sunday, February 1, 2015.


Two Thumbs Up for Innovative Automation Inc!

Gateway Centre for Learning would like to thank United Way of Greater Simcoe County and Jessica Caston at Community Reach for arranging to have Innovative Automation Inc. send in a team of volunteers to assist us as part of the Day of Caring.

We appreciate all of Kim Marshall’s efforts and the incredible gift of time and talent provided by the following individuals, pictured left: Ron McMeekin, Barry Lightheart, Steven Goorts, Adam Ritchie, Scott MacLennan and Lee Forget.