SBALC – History

Since the 1997/1998 school year Stevenson-Britannia Adult Literacy Program Inc. has operated both an Adult Learning Centre and an Adult Literacy Program.

The program is located on the lower level of Jameswood School at 1 Braintree Crescent in Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J 1C7

Stevenson-Britannia Adult Literacy Program Inc. operates with funding from the Department of Advanced Education and Training, Adult Learning and Literacy Branch.  The Literacy Working Group is a group of interested community members who are elected at the organization’s Annual General Meeting held in October (see Bylaws) each year.

The Literacy Working Group or LWG in partnership with the St. James-Assiniboia School Division operate the SBALP Inc. Program.  At the regularly scheduled monthly meetings the LWG passes motions which enable the Education Director to manage the day-to-day operation of the school.

To further enhance the involvement of the community in the development of the school program the LWG invites interested community groups to nominate interested individuals to attend the meetings. The primary role of these people is to further communication between the two groups. These people can take part in all discussions/debate but cannot present motions or vote. If the representative of an organization wishes to have a motion put on the table they would present the motion to the secretary prior to the start of the meeting. The secretary would then move the motion under new business.

Throughout this policy manual, reference to SBALP refers to the total Program while ALC means the Adult Learning Centre.

The purpose of this manual is to provide the SBALP Literacy Working Group (LWG), learners and staff with specific guidelines for the program’s day-to-day operation.  The information and policies are derived from the Literacy Working Group and are an attempt to make all of the policies of the Centre clear for everyone concerned. As an incorporated educational organization with charitable status SBALP must operate in a manner that is transparent and all policies must represent this philosophy.

All members of the Literacy Working Group and members of the staff should make themselves aware of the policies of this Program.

The Policy Manual may be changed at any time by the LWG.  All decisions must reflect the mission, vision and values of the organization.

As the LWG is continually refining and updating its policies. Staff and LWG members should make sure they re-familiarize themselves with this manual on an ongoing basis.  Teachers please ensure that a copy of the Stevenson-Britannia Adult Literacy Program Policy Manual is always kept in your classroom and that any additions or amendments are incorporated as received.  Learners should be made aware of the location of this document and its relevance to them.

Staff is encouraged to make suggestions to either the LWG or the Education Director about how this manual might be improved or where they feel additional information might be included.


Our vision is to enhance the quality of life of each learner, through knowledge and education.

Mission Statement

Our centre is committed to providing a supportive, accepting learning environment that is appropriate for adult learners.

Statement of Beliefs

  1. We acknowledge that education can help adults make changes in their lives.
  2. We exist because of the needs of adult learners.
  3. We believe in accountability and operate with integrity.
  4. We offer a climate that is welcoming and conducive to learning.
  5. We advocate for the rights of adult learners.
  6. We treat people with fairness, respect and dignity.
  7. We encourage each student to work toward his/her learning potential.
  8. We encourage the development, application and evaluation of new knowledge, skills and ideas.
  9. We show appreciation for the contribution of others and celebrate success.
  10. We encourage and practice teamwork.