The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation(SRCF) is the charitable arm of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada, which has a membership totaling about 20,000 members. Since its inception in 1964, the SRCF has devoted its charitable efforts to supporting research into ‘Puzzles of the Mind’, such as Alzheimer’s, Dyslexia, Autism,Parkinson’s , etc., through Major Research Grants, to the provision of Graduate Bursaries and to the establishment of Learning Centers for Dyslexic Children. Details on these Programs can be found on the SRCF Website: http://srcf.ca
It is easy to make donations to the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation on line. http://srcf.ca/
It takes less than 5 minutes and you get your tax receipt immediately.
A CAUSE WORTH REMEMBERING
As I hope all Scottish Rite Masons know by now, our Charitable Foundation is celebrating 50 years this year. To mark the occasion, the Foundation has set itself the goal of raising $1 million, which will be added to the capital the Foundation already has invested. The interest generated will then be used for research grants and other forms of support into “solving the puzzles of the mind.”
In other words, your contribution to this effort will never be spent. Instead, it will earn income and that will be used to fight such things as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and dyslexia in young people.
The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation is an excellent example of a Mason’s charity at work. It is something we can all take pride in and something we can heartily support. The current campaign ends in March, so there is little time left for you to make sure you are part of it. For a tax receipt for 2014, make your contribution before Dec. 31.
Blue envelopes for your contribution are available at 2140 Walkley Rd. and our SRCF representative, Ill Bro Sam Kalinowsky, Past Active Member, will be glad to help you to do your part.
Alan Arbuckle 33°
Learning Centres for Dyslexic Children
History: In September, 2003, the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation(SRCF) launched a ‘’pilot project’’ to deliver remedial tutoring to dyslexic children in London, Ontario. The success was so dramatic, leading to the opening of Centres in Windsor(2005), Halifax(2006), Vancouver(2008), Barrie(2009) and Moncton(2010).Additional centres are planned and will be opening shortly in Calgary(2012) and Edmonton. Approval Process: All Learning Centres, those currently in operation as well as any new Centres approved by the Board of the SRCF, must become an incorporated entity, must secure registration under the Income Tax Act as a charitable organization and enter into a License Agreement with the SRCF for the delivery of the Program. Valleys that anticipate the development of a new Centre must file a Formal Application with the Executive Director of the Learning Centre Committee, prior to consideration by the Board of Directors of the SRCF. Under this structure, The SRCF continues ownership of the Program and the exclusive right to make changes as it deems necessary. The License Agreement will make the Program available to Centres for the delivery of remedial tutoring for dyslexic children. It is imperative that the Program be delivered on a consistent basis across Canada. The Agreement will require the Centres to strictly adhere to the Learning Centre Handbook which sets out in great detail all the procedures which must be followed in the delivery of the Program. Benefits: At Learning Centres across Canada, children with learning disabilities related to reading are provided, at ‘’ no charge to the family’’, with one-on-one remedial tutoring, using the highly acclaimed Orton Gillingham method. Through this intervention, children learn to read and to reach their full potential. Families are helped by moderating their frustration, guilt and disruption caused by dyslexia. The community at large benefits through the creation of a cadre of highly skilled tutors who assist in the delivery of the Program. Scottish Rite Masons in the several Valleys derive a great sense of involvement and achievement by volunteering their time in routine operations, by becoming engaged in vital fun-raising initiatives and by creating an important and worthwhile institution in their communities. Scottish Rite Masons and the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation can and do make a huge difference!! Samuel Kalinowsky 33° Active Member, Valley of Ottawa
Carleton University MA Psychology student Simon Hill receives award for promising young researchers
Simon Hill, a second year MA student in Psychology at Carleton University, recently received an award of $1000 from The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada. The award recognizes promising young researchers who are studying intellectual impairments or “puzzles of the mind” especially as it affects children and also individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The award was presented by Dr Samuel Kalinowsky, a 33rd degree Freemason and Member of the Board for the Foundation. ”We are proud to be associated with students such as Simon, who sacrifice much to expand the frontiers of knowledge,” said Kalinowsky. Hill is entering his second year of graduate studies, studying brain mechanisms associated with autism in a high functioning young adult sample. He is looking for signs of atypical cerebral laterality (ambiguous handedness, bilateral cerebral lateralization for language, abnormal interhemispheric interactions) and attempting to link these signs to adaptive autistic traits such as systematizing (looking for patterns in complex visual stimuli) as well as negative traits (such as social communication problems). This is a follow-up and extension of work that his supervisor and Associate Professor, Dr Shelly Parlow, did previously with autistic children which found they were much less likely to be right-handed than other children, especially when asked to carry out unfamiliar and/or bimanual (two-hand) actions. In accepting his Award, Simon stated ”As the prevalence rates of autism increase, I feel it is more important that we understand exactly what autism is in order to assist both autistic individuals and their families in coping with the everyday struggles they endure. This is something that I am very passionate about….”
Nick Ward Communications Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences