The Government of Alberta’s decision to relocate ADLC to Barrhead opened the door to my 21-year career at an institution recognized throughout the world as a leader in K-12 distance education.

The final chapter of the incredible history of an incredible school started in 1997 when Pembina Hills Regional School Division adopted ADLC as one of its schools. On my retirement in 2002, I wrote a 60-page book Given up for Adoption that chronicled this transition.

ADLC was known by many names, staffed by generations of caring, passionate and dedicated staff. There were times when over 40,000 individuals studied one or several courses through this venerable house of learning. Names and people have changed, but that core concern for every student remained constant. Success for Every Student was the hallmark of ADLC.

As we shut the doors to a flagship in our province, my heart is heavy over such a great loss to Barrhead and to our province.

“The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.” Omar Khayyam

Ecclesiastes 3: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens …. a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

This is a time to mourn and yet it is a time to dance. Those of us who have been blessed to have served at ADLC can rejoice amidst the tears that for a season we helped shape lives that in turn shaped humanity.

Well-done, thou good and faithful servants.

Gonam Raju

Barrhead, Alberta

On a personal note, I want you and everyone at ADLC to know how much I regret the loss of your school. I have been a high school guidance counsellor for a very long time, and I know the difference your school has made in the lives and success of so many students. Alberta Education’s decision is deeply regrettable, terribly foolish, and remarkably unwise. It is a decision made to the detriment of the students of this province. ADLC has provided solutions when brick and mortar schools cannot, and your flexibility in accommodating students is literally irreplaceable. I know our students have yet to realize the very negative consequences of this decision, and wish that those who have chosen this path had truly consulted with the appropriate stakeholders – those of us who work with students each and every day.

You and the teachers, administrators, and staff of the Alberta Distance Learning Centre will be truly missed.


Don Gordon

West Island College


I would like to thank the Lethbridge staff at Alberta Distance Learning Center for their hard work and dedication given to our family. Our son used their services in Junior High and High School and is now very successful in his career and in life. Sincerely, Lori Ogertschni

I wanted to start by saying that I worked directly with an amazing group of ADLC staff, when I was the Connections Facilitator at West Central High School. I can not say enough of how I enjoyed working as part of the ADLC team to get students through their courses and across the graduation stage in June.

As we approach another grad and I have just read your farewell message, it reminded me how important distant education is to the students of Alberta. I am sad that it is ending this way.

I want to share an inspiring story from when I worked at West Central... I had a grad 12 student approach me in the Connections Room with 29 credits in September, she asked me if it was even possible to graduate. My answer was absolutely, how badly do you want to graduate with your friends. She took a full course load of 40 credits and completed 31 credits through Connections / ADLC. I cried when she crossed the stage. Her heartfelt thank you, is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my 21 years of education.

Thank you to all the staff who have worked tirelessly together to help students achieve their goals. God bless you all!

Suzy Harder

Vanier Thank you.pdf

Loya De Clercq

4:00 PM (24 minutes ago)

I am very sad about what has happened with ADLC, our small rural schools absolutely depend on your services and I don't know how we will be able to function next year without you.

There are many students this year that would not be graduating without their credits learned online. You will be very missed.

Good luck with your future endeavors.


Rhonda Plamondon

Librarian/Distance Ed Coordinator

Ecole Plamondon School

For over a decade I was the school liaison person signing students from Strathcona High School (Edmonton) up with ADLC to take courses that otherwise were not available to them

- Math 10-3, 20-3, 230-3 for students on the fringe of the Math world, and for whom success in these courses meant the difference between graduating (or not)

- lots of kids taking Psych, Law, Languages, Computers, even a few in Textiles & Fashion or Forestry and Horticulture/Landscape design expanding their horizon, some getting inspired to move in those directions post graduation

- courses so that the severely anxious, those with Irlen syndrome, ME/CFS , POTS, Fibromyalgia or other chronic illnesses as well as severe Post-Concussion syndromes, could work at their own paces, as their bodies allowed

- rafts of English and Math 30-1s so that those (often ELL students) needing to upgrade to get into post secondary had a second chance to be successful. Ditto for the travelling professional level athletes that we kept directing your way (from tennis, to golf, to hockey, lacrosse and even equestrian pursuits)

- I could think of many more and have countless memories of sitting with students, or passing the phone to students, once I dialed their ADLD teacher for them to break the ice the first time, they could relax and be successful.

And I think of you and your colleagues

- positive - you could frequently hear the smiles in their voices!

- supportive

- professional

- knowledgeable and caring,

- flexible and understanding, able to problem solve and think of solutions if a student had specific problems with accessing and being able to work with the materials... think of all the "how to scan your work on your phone" tutorials everyone made!

- going above and beyond...

I too echo the voice of those who wish the staff all the best, especially those who have not yet been re-hired elsewhere.

Because Alberta schools and students will continue needing this kind of support, the one good thing, as far as I can tell, is that Vista Virtual might be picking up that kind of role province wide.

While local school board outreach services have popped up, they can't offer the wide range of subjects or the year round support which is so crucial for the students with health needs in particular and also handy for the travelling and the pro athletes.

Your school was one of a kind, you can all be proud of your legacy!

Three cheers for all who made the place run from Yvonne and all the skilled front line, plus exam and marks professionals, to Steven and all admin to everyone of the teaching staff.

Enjoy a good summer's rest and may new adventures open up for you all come September!

Hannah Noerenberg

former I-Learn Center Coordinator

Strathcona High Edm.

Hello there!

It’s our last day of school here at Calvin and Esther and I really wanted to say goodbye to all of you but especially to you ladies in the office that we’ve gotten to know over the years at our meetings. Always a pleasure to have met and chatted with you!

Also a special goodbye to Loya! Not much contact in these later years but certainly the beginning years when we came daily to drop off materials at the office and have a quick chat!

As well, thanks to all the markers and lead teachers we have worked with over the years...much appreciated!

We were privileged to have a great working relationship for 25? 30? years and we appreciated all the efforts put forth to make this happen so we could teach our students from a Christian perspective using ADLC materials.

We’ll miss you ...but hopefully can establish new relationships with other modes of distance learning.

We wish you all God’s indispensable blessings for your future endeavours and thank you all for what you have been for us as a school.

Take care!

Esther and Nellie

DE Facilitators