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"helping children with Dyslexia"
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The Masquerade Ball Committee, R to L, Lily Ernst, Sean Ernst, Dianna Bradberry and Claudio Leppe, presented a cheque for $12,019.83 to

Ken Laliberte and Don Thornton of the Learning Centre, as the proceeds from the successful Ball.

This dIstinguishing looking group is standing behind the new sign recently completed, that will be placed on the front lawn of the Learning Centre at 148 George St. and will no doubt elevate the pride we all feel as we move closer to opening day.  

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge

To say the Dinner Theatre of The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge was a resounding success would be a blatant understatement. Starting with our fabulous cast and their relentless director Lee Kools, right down to the Scottish Rite Club who prepared a gourmet buffet, to all the organizers behind the scenes who made this event possible; this was an extravaganza fit for a setting or our beautiful Scottish Rite facility. 

The Cast

The Court Room

Floral Presentation

Ken Laliberte makes a presentation of appreciation to Lee Kools, Director of the Play

THANK YOU ! Our First Annual Love of Learning Gala was a Huge SUCCESS.

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Check out the Gala Photos HERE!

Watch Comedian Patrick McKenna to see what he has to say about dyslexia





Who would have thought it possible to raise $55,000 to help Dyslexic Children in one evening?  If you weren't there,  I'm not sure I'm able to convey appropriately how much fun you missed, but perhaps by looking at a few of the photos attached , you'll understand.

The venue was Black Tie and held at the Liuna Station in Hamilton, where the Gala Committee had orchestrated and event to remember without any doubt. The gourmet meal was prepared by Executive Chef, Claudio Pingue, after which we danced to the sounds of a 15 piece (RHLI) Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Orchestra.

The silent auction was continuous throughout the evening, to allow everybody an opportunity to bid on a huge number of fabulous prizes. When it came time for the live auction, Jason Farr did his comedian impression of an auctioneer, which resulted in winners taking home unbelievable prizes, all in support of the Learning Centre to help Dyslexic Children.

The best part of the evening was possibly the stand up routine of Patrick McKenna, who had the crowd in stitches for over an hour.

The dedication and hard work by a group of individuals, who are passionate about this tremendous cause, that of helping children who have Dyslexic, made this all possible. Geoff Allan spearheaded this program and should be extremely proud of what was accomplished. We raised $55,000 for the startup of this Center which is scheduled to open Sept. 2017, with a little more help from our friends.
All the photos taken that evening can be viewed on the following link:

Contributions are welcomed and appreciated. Please go to the Learning Center Website, or contact (905) 228-1236 for additional information.


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The Play, A Rose Upon the Altar which took place at the Scottish Rite Cathederal on Nov 27th in two performances, was a tremendous success. I don't recall when I've seen such professional acting from a group of dedicated Masons who accepted this task as amatures, for the benefit of Dyslexic Children.

The numbers are still coming in however, it's anticipated the Learning Centre realized in excess of $6,000 in proceeds to help with the Sept 2017 kick-off of the Center.

Prior to the play, Don Thornton, the Learning Center Chairman, was presented with a cheque from  the Beef and Corn Roast Committee. Don expressed his sincere appreciation for this donation and was informed that next years event would also benefit the Learning center.


The Masonic Community has decided that this charity, the helping of Dyslexic Children, is something that must succeed and have placed their efforts behind making this happen.