Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre

Our Values

The values listed below guide both the work conducted and management of our Organisation.

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Centre of Excellence

Centre of Excellence

We respect our staff and actively encourage a team environment that supports professional development, open communication and recognises individual expertise
Customer service
We strive to consistently provide excellent customer service
We aim to provide training that is flexible in its delivery and reflective of our Community needs
Inclusion and equity
We strive to ensure that members of our Community have equal access to our training
We respect the dignity of all people and value the differences between them
We seek the engagement of individuals and Businesses in the planning and participation of our training
We value and support ethical behaviour
We maintain efficient and economical management and administrative systems to deliver quality training

Brief History

Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre derived its name from a lady who dedicated her life serving other people. Maisie Kaufmann was the foundation pioneer of Endeavour in Toowoomba in 1954. In 1977 she established a Sports and Recreation Club for people with an intellectual and/or physical disability in Maryborough. This Club was later on incorporated as the Peter Pan Sports and Recreation Club, Inc. and a Board of Management Committee was established (July 1988).

Due to her dedication and exceptional work in the community, Maisie Kaufmann in the year 1987 found herself with recognition for a ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award, three years after she was again awarded, this time with an Australian Literacy Achievement. In July 1991, Peter Pan Literacy Club was incorporated to teach literacy, numeracy and everyday living skills to people with a disability.

On 13 August 1994 Maisie Kaufmann passed away in Maryborough, and on the same year Sylvia Courtney (now Collins) was appointed by the Board of Management as Teacher/Coordinator of the organisation.

A turning point for the organisation came in March of 1997 when Peter Pan Literacy Club Inc. became a Registered Training Organisation and the year after registered its trading name as Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre in honour of its founder.

Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre currently operates at 60 John Street, Maryborough South 4650 on a full time basis and provides accredited Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) training (Course in Adult Literacy and Numeracy- 30369QLD).

Current Operation

Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre has operated as a not for profit, charitable, community based Registered Training Organisation since 1997 and offers nationally accredited training programs at no cost to students made possible through government grants. Other programs are run through the User Pay System that charges a minimal amount of fee in order for participants to continue to access training programs if assessed as not having passed eligibility criteria and therefore cannot be considered as funded students.

In most programs, participants are encouraged to stay as long as is necessary for them to reach the desired standard in skills required to get them into employment or have a better quality of life. However, funded trainings through government contracts that carry eligibility guidelines are strictly adhered to by the organization.

For years, Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre has been considered as a major organisation that delivers accredited Adult Literacy and Numeracy training programs in the Wide Bay/Burnett region. In the last couple of years, the organisation started to deliver trainings that target mainstream participants, people who are unemployed or underemployed and assessed as suitable jobseekers to enhance their skills. The Centre continues with its growth and saw the addition of two more very exciting programs:

  • Operating out of Rocky Street is another centre that opened its doors in late 2010 and delivered programs focusing on Community Services training in Disability Work, Age Care and Home and Community Care, and also houses training classes for woodcraft literacy for people with a disability.
  • 2009 saw the start of a bigger and better Hospitality Literacy training in cooperation with Fraser Coast TESS with the opening of Maisie K’s Café at John Street Centre. The coffee shop is a non-profit venture that serves as practical training ground for Hospitality students and is also open for service to the public.

Lance Stone is the current CEO. Lance has had a long commitment in working with youth and community groups.

ABN 22262192631
DGR Status True
Tax Status GST Concession
FBT Exemption
Income Tax Exemption
Charity Type Public Benevolent Institution
Org Type Incorporated Entity

Peter Pan Literacy Club (Inc.)

Other names: Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre

60 John Street South
Maryborough QLD 4650
P O Box 1189, 60 John Street South
Maryborough QLD 4650
Tel (07) 4121 3364
Fax (07) 4122 4632
Email    admin@maisiek.org.au
Web www.maisiek.org.au


Mission Statement: The aim of Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre is to provide training to:

  • Realise an improved quality of life
  • Facilitate employment
  • Encourage search for further education
  • The aims are to be achieved through the assistance, motivation and support of the staff (both professional and volunteer)
  • Access and Equity

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