We struggled for years (8) with our daughter, teachers, tutors and special classes. After 10 weeks it's as if there never had been a disability. Beacon has exceeded our expectations.

Cathie Grannary (parent)
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Lani's Story

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"A story of desire, fueled by passion"

I remember it like it was yesterday; sitting at my desk in primary school trying to copy down and complete the fill in the blanks sentences on the blackboard.  The rest of my row had already finished and gone off to "story corner".

It was parents' day and I felt so humiliated as I sat struggling to finish while my parents looked on.

I remember looking back and seeing all the kids waiting for story corner to begin.  Catching a glimpse of my mom's encouraging smile I looked back to the blackboard feeling very frustrated and ashamed.

Some thirty years later I was a teacher and administrator for one of Canada's largest school systems and the mom of three wonderful little girls.  One day I had the privilege of sitting in on one of my daughter's classes and watched as she did the same things I had done as a child.  I could feel her frustration and taste her anxiety.  My heart sank and I vowed that she would not endure what I had.

I was on a mission!  A mission charged with desire and fueled by passion.  I would find a way to reach this bright little child and show her that she could learn.  She was not my personality as a child and I knew she would quickly become "lost in the system" if I did not act quickly. The frustration and anguish that I felt as a child would not be her experience if I had anything to do with it.

"The frustration and anguish that I felt as a child would not be her experience if I had anything to do with it."

It took over a year but I finally found what I thought could be a solution:  A small reading development company with a very large promise.  "A grade increase in twenty hours of instruction - guaranteed!" I said to my husband, "A school system will not guarantee a grade in a year.  How can this possibly be?"  I have to admit, I was the queen of skepticism.  After all, I was an educator!

Turns out they could guarantee a grade because their average increase was two and a half grades.  It wasn't long before my own daughter increased her reading ability two and half grades and her self-esteem went through the roof.  I was sold!

In fact, I was so impressed - I bought the company.  After eighteen years with the school board it was now time to move forward.  Now, every day I get the privilege of watching countless children and adults come in the program and leave with far greater skills and a renewed sense of confidence.

"I am adamant that all individuals deserve the right to be able to read efficiently and effectively."

I am adamant that all individuals deserve the right to be able to read efficiently and effectively.  There is a lot of woe in this world caused by miscommunication, misunderstanding and intolerance.  If one cannot read one is doomed to do, say and act as other people tell them to. Being able to read empowers individuals, fuels hope and conquers fears.

I was once asked by a reporter what happens at Beacon on a daily basis.  I looked at the reporter, smiled and replied, "Miracles happen everyday; what a great place to be. It is truly a safe harbour in which to learn."

Interested to book a free, no obligation assessment?  Call my office today at 403-283-3278.  It will be my pleasure to serve you!