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In 2005 Elma Rubright recognized the need for free literacy help. She envisioned a place where people could learn to read, write, do math or whatever it was they needed to be happy in life. As her excitement and vision grew, she was joined by a dedicated group of volunteers and a grassroots movement on the Gulf Islands began. The incredible community need was tapped and only surpassed by the community involvement of volunteers dedicated to supporting these learners achieve their goals. The charitable society, officially incorporated in 2007, has grown steadily to meet the literacy needs of the community ever since. Elma left us a legacy of community learning that has touched the lives of hundreds of individuals and their families throughout the Southern Gulf Islands.

The society now operates the Elma Rubright Literacy Centre in the heart of Ganges on Salt Spring Island. We work with over a hundred learners every year. Our philosophy is simple. The learner is in charge. You decide what you learn, how you learn and whom you learn it with. We encourage creative learning opportunities and collaborative teaching.

We are dedicated to the enhancement of literacy and community education on Salt Spring and the Southern Gulf Islands. We hope you will join us!