About Us


Our Mission: 

Strengthening our Communities by Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners.

Our Vision:

We will be innovative and responsive to community needs in our work of addressing Cape Breton Regional Municipality literacy challenges.

We will build on the strengths and unharnessed potential of our community, highlighting the benefits of increasing the literacy levels of our citizens.  These benefits include economic development, improving health, reducing crime, reducing poverty, and increasing opportunities for our youth.

Our work will promote a learning culture in the CBRM, leading to the CBRM being the leading learning community in Nova Scotia.

The Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County is a non-profit charitable organization.  We have been providing tuition-free literacy programs for adults across the CBRM  since 1989.  In 2012-13 we provided services to 280 local residents in Sydney, Glace Bay, New Waterford, North Sydney, Louisbourg and Reserve Mines.  We are the CBRM literacy experts.

We are part of the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning.  Our major funder is the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education, with support from the United Way of Cape Breton, NS Department of Community Services, NS Department of Seniors, the Family Learning Initiative Education Foundation, Literacy Nova Scotia and local Community Health Boards.

Board of Directors

 Chair - Deborah Campbell                      Vice-Chair – Bev McGee
 Secretary – Valerie Dolhanty  Treasurer – Amanda Carroll           
 Director – Lindsay Latham  Director – Janet McGillen
 Director – Paul MacDonald
 Director – Brenda Lavandier
 Director – Margaret Dechman  Director – Margie Gillis
   Past Chair - Paula Muise
 Ex-Officio – Karen Blair, Executive Director 
In 2014-15, our Board of Director members contributed 285 hours of Volunteer service.  They know literacy changes lives, families and communities in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Who Do We Help?

The Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County helps adult learners in CBRM to improve their reading, writing, math and computer skills and prepare for the GED with tuition-free classes in Sydney, Glace Bay, New Waterford and Sydney Mines.  These programs are for adults 19 years of age or older who have been out of school for at least one year and who are functioning at a Level 1 (Grades Primary-6) or Level 2 (Grades 7-8) literacy level.  All learners are assessed individually before placement in classes.

We also provide family and seniors’ literacy programs.