About Prince Edward Learning Centre

Empowering learners, enriching our community.
Prince Edward Learning Centre (PELC), established in 1996, is a charitable non‑profit organization supporting lifelong learning and community well-being in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Our History

In 1993, responding to a need in Prince Edward County, Quinte Literacy partnered with what was then the Prince Edward Board of Education to create a literacy centre over the bridge. The project, “Reading Plus,” was funded by the Labour Adjustment Initiative, and started with a staff of one. Volunteers worked one-on-one with students at the office, located across from the Picton A&P. Our office administrator Christine Chapman joined Reading Plus from Quinte Literacy, and has been with us since the very beginning.

Reading Plus began delivering an employment preparation program in 1995, and the following year, partnered with the Catholic school board to provide correspondence courses for high school credit. We incorporated and changed our name to Prince Edward Learning Centre, reflecting a broader educational outlook.

With a staff of four and our first Board of Directors, our expanded operations moved into the entire lower floor of the Armoury Mall, which offered classroom space, a computer lab and a kitchen. We offered computer courses, employment preparation, family literacy and programs for seniors. Student-led projects often had a community focus, such as the Rising Stars Gift Shop, and Trails to Literacy community woodworking project, creating installations for the Millennium Trail.

In 2017, the Armoury was sold and we moved into a shared space at Rexall Plaza with Loyola Adult & Continuing Education. Our staff and board support an expansive approach to literacy that encompasses financial empowerment, numeracy, digital literacy, workplace development, food literacy and civic engagement. When an office opened up at the other end of the mall in 2018, we took the opportunity to move into a larger space with Loyola, where we remain today, delivering our vision of PELC as a one-stop hub for adult education.

Mission Statement

PELC is a strong advocate of lifelong learning. We support individuals in Prince Edward County to reach their learning goals by providing programs that increase literacy and essential skills and offer educational and employment upgrading and training. We focus on community development, because we believe that collaboration and civic engagement are powerful tools that strengthen individuals and communities.

Our Funding

Financial support for our organization is derived from a mix of public and private grants, as well as personal donations. We receive funding from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) as one of Ontario’s numerous Literacy and Basic Skills Programs, and we also operate an Employment and Social Development Canada-funded youth workforce training project.

Revenue Total: $1,617,617

Year ending March 31, 2024

34%

Community Foundations

24%

Federal Grants

23%

Provincial Grants

8%

Fee for Service

7%

Municipal Grants

5%

Donations and Fundraising

Expense Total: $1,554,838

47%

Youth and Youth Employment

26%

Essential Skills and Literacy

9%

Financial Empowerment

9%

Food Security Programs

9%

Miscellaneous

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to fostering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) throughout our organization. In 2021 we conducted an equity audit that has led to 56 actionable recommendations aimed at enhancing EDI at PELC. These recommendations have been consolidated into four overarching goals spread across six priority areas. By proactively addressing EDI, we are working to build a more inclusive future for our staff, learners, and community.

Equity Audit - Completed Spring 2021, Framework Development - Finalized Early 2022, Implementation - Ongoing & Continuous

Our Strategic EDI Goals

  1. Communicate our commitment to EDI
  2. Ensure our practices are equitable and inclusive
  3. Promote diversity in representation and participation
  4. Enhance our organizational EDI capabilities

Priority Areas for EDI

  • Policies & Procedures
  • Programming & Curriculum
  • EDI Training
  • Recruitment, Hiring & Retention
  • Accountability
  • Community Engagement & Partnerships

2022-2027 Strategic Plan

PELC’s Vision for the Future

By having a strategic plan in place, PELC is able to set clear goals and priorities, ensuring the organization’s actions align with its mission and vision, ultimately advancing the community’s well-being through education and opportunity.

Prince Edward Learning Centre - Your Future is Bright

Strategic Priorities:

Deliver Innovative Learning Programs

PELC is committed to providing lifelong learning experiences that are inspired by program participants.

  1. Deliver high-impact innovative learning programs that increase literacy, build essential skills, contribute to educational upgrading, and assist with access to employment training.
  2. Expand program reach and online training to underserved individuals and communities across the region.
  3. Engage learners to identify systemic issues, increase civic participation, and recommend policy responses that address community needs.
Advocate for Systemic Change

PELC is committed to facilitating community partnerships and engaging with organizations and community leaders on cross-sectoral initiatives to address systemic issues that impact learners.

  1. Strengthen relationships with existing community, regional, and provincial partners in the education, essential skills development, and pre-employment training fields to build a strong and rational learning and employment sector.
  2. Monitor the external environment, including the labour market, to ensure PELC is proactive in responding and adapting to changing and emergent community needs.
  3. Strategically engage with organizations and initiatives to address and offer solutions to complex community issues that impact learners such as: poverty, precarious employment, affordable housing, and food security.
Invest in Organizational Capacity

PELC is committed to building a strong, resilient, and sustainable organization that can innovate and respond proactively to emerging needs.

  1. Implement Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion policies and practices into all areas of the organization.
  2. Invest and support staff by implementing employer best practices, offering education, training, and professional development opportunities, and by enhancing their capacity to deliver excellent programs and services.
  3. Recruit, retain, and celebrate volunteers who contribute to the success of the organization.
  4. Develop a fundraising strategy with the goals of diversifying funding and increasing unrestricted funding to support dynamic and innovative programs and the infrastructure to sustain them.
  5. Invest in growth by investing in admin support, human resources management, and physical premises/location to meet current and emerging needs and opportunities.
  6. Ensure that governance policies and practices include a focus on leadership development, equity and diversity, systemic change, and succession planning.
Demonstrate Impact

PELC is committed to developing an organizational impact measurement framework and finding creative ways of sharing our impact.

  1. Embed a culture of learning and evaluation to better understand, measure, and communicate PELC’s overall impact.
  2. Collect and tell stories that capture the impact that the PELC community has on the lives of its learners.
  3. Strengthen communication efforts to expand reach, build awareness, and highlight the impact of PELC’s learning initiatives and advocacy efforts.

Our Team

The Heart of PELC’s Success

Our team of dedicated staff, experienced instructors, and committed volunteers forms the cornerstone of our organization.

wdt_ID wdt_created_by wdt_created_at wdt_last_edited_by wdt_last_edited_at Name Title Email
1 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:05 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:05 PM Altoft, Anna Essential Skills + Financial Empowerment Placement Student annaplacement@pelc.ca
2 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:16 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:16 PM Cakebread, Robyn PEC Fresh Coordinator + Inspire Instructor robyn@pelc.ca
3 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:17 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:17 PM Chapman, Christine Administrative Coordinator christine@pelc.ca
4 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:17 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:17 PM Durant, Chris Inspire Coordinator inspire@pelc.ca
5 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:17 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:17 PM Farquhar, Tori Essential Skills Summer Instructor tori@pelc.ca
6 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:18 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:18 PM Farrington, Lori Essential Skills Instructor + Special Projects lori@pelc.ca
7 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:18 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:18 PM Harvey, Tammy Financial Empowerment Coordinator tammy@pelc.ca
8 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:18 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:18 PM Hunter, Jennifer Essential Skills Coordinator jennifer@pelc.ca
9 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:19 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:19 PM Kennedy, Kathy Executive Director kathy@pelc.ca
10 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:19 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:19 PM Martin, Terri Essential Skills Lead Instructor terri@pelc.ca
11 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:19 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:19 PM McCorquodale, Heather Administrative + Communications Assistant heather@pelc.ca
12 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:19 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:19 PM Munro-Cape, Jo-Anne Financial Empowerment + Special Projects joanne@pelc.ca
13 Dustin 18/06/2024 03:20 PM Dustin 18/06/2024 03:20 PM Whitelock, Scott PEC Fresh Fulfillment Coordinator scott@pelc.ca

Board of Directors

Prince Edward Learning Centre is governed by a non-profit, community-based board of directors. These dedicated volunteers meet monthly to review the work of the organization, to make sure we are being true to our mission and vision, and to ensure we are being fiscally responsible.

Rebecca Lamb

Rebecca Lamb

Chair

Angie Geridis-Ouimet

Angie Geridis-Ouimet

Vice-Chair

Cam Bedford

Cam Bedford

Treasurer

Alan Cherwinski

Alan Cherwinski

Secretary

Maureen Adams

Maureen Adams

Director (Past Chair)

Jerry Doucett

Jerry Doucett

Director

Joanna Howard

Joanna Howard

Director

Sarah Moffat

Sarah Moffat

Director

Samantha Parsons

Samantha Parsons

Director

Ramesh Pooran

Ramesh Pooran

Director

David Wysocki

David Wysocki

Director

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