Who We Are

Next Step is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about literacy issues in the region of New Tecumseth, Adjala-Tosorontio, Innisfil, Essa, and Bradford West Gwillimbury. We offer free, one-to-one and small group tutoring to adults in reading, writing, and math to help increase employability and independence. We create customized training plans to help students progress toward their personal goals, at their own pace, in a confidential and supportive environment.

The Literacy Council of South Simcoe (LCSS) began as a grassroots organization when a group of concerned citizens joined together to help people in their community improve their reading and writing skills. Eventually they were able to get some support from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities to assist with operational expenses. Thanks to the dedication of these volunteers and the community, LCSS purchased our current site where we continue to assist our community in building their skills. We now have more financial support from MTCU and more programs, including basic computer training.

We are funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and also raise money through various fundraising activities. As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on the support of our community for services-in-kind and donations. These supports help us to participate in many community events, and to provide outreach material to the public, as well as services to our clients, which are not covered by our provincial grant.

Training and Development

Our Training and Development Manager is responsible for interviewing students as well as matching up tutors and students. He also trains tutors in teaching reading, writing and mathematics. He helps students create a learning plan and helps tutors with finding resources. If you have any questions about the upgrading part of the program, the Training and Development Manager is the one to talk to. E-mail us at bernie@nextstepliteracy.ca

Executive Director-Shira Harrison McIntyre

Our Executive Director is responsible for fundraising, marketing, building maintenance as well as various other administrative duties at Next Step. She has successfully re-branded”The Literacy Council of South Simcoe” to “Next Step.” Part of this re-branding included renovating the space to increase the number of tutoring rooms and to create a larger computer training space. She is responsible for co-ordinating fundraising, including the popular “Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee” and for all things administrative.

President – Michael Laine Director – Jenivieve de Vries Director – John Rosenthal
Treasurer/Secretary – Peter McKenna Director – Constance Boldt Student Representative – Bill Maes
Past President – Kimberly Burgess Director – Cael Cohen
Director – Jan Atkinson Director – Ha Glass