In 1986 the Schreiber Public Library Board and Project Mayday, a group of women committed to addressing the needs of women living in single industry towns, applied for and received funding from the provincial Ministry of Citizenship and Culture and developed a one on one volunteer adult based literacy program for the Schreiber -Terrace Bay area.
In 1990, International Literacy year, our service expanded and family literacy became an integral part of community programming.
Over the years we have provided many innovative programs; workplace literacy, an oral history quilt project, life skills, Read to Me, computer literacy, Job Readiness, partnerships with Adjustment committees and work with Labour Action Centres. Our focus is meeting the needs of the learner. The Superior North Adult Learning Association has received support from several sources including volunteers, corporations, fundraising, municipal, provincial and federal governments.Since our inception names, logos, office spaces and faces have changed but the fundamental work of our organization continues to promote lifelong learning.
Schreiber/Terrace Bay Location
In 1997 SNALA acquired its first permanent location. Spadoni Motors donated their vacant office space for us to use as a learning centre. Northern Computers donated our first computers and although it was not fancy, many learners utilized that space. It meant that finally we could establish classes and have storage space for our many resources. We shared this space with our local community quilters, who also ran a clothing exchange.
In 2001 we moved into one half of the duplex on Manitoba Street. We shared this space with Ontario Early Years, Family Place. That year we received money from Ontario Trillium Foundation to establish a computer lab. We hired a computer instructor and have been teaching computer skills ever since. In 2010 we moved to our present location. Finally our administration, computer lab and classroom are all together.
In the spring of 2013 SNALA was approached by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Univerities to investigate the possibility of establishing a satelite Adult Learning Site in Marathon. In August space was finally acquired and by September the doors opened. On November 19, 2013 the official opening of the Adult Learning Centre in Marathon took place.