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  • 07 Sep 2021

    My Dad Always Said That Life is Like Golf

    Each year, to close out the PGI READ Saskatoon Golf Tournament for Literacy, a poet laureate reads ...

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  • 01 Sep 2021

    Opinion Editorial - Chief Felix Thomas

    Currently one-third of Saskatchewan adults struggle with literacy daily and one-third of Saskatchewa...

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  • 01 Sep 2021

    Learner Achievement Award Winner 2021

    Hello, and Welcome, today, I believe it is an honor to be here, at this moment, here at Canada. ...

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  • 16 Aug 2021

    READ Saskatoon’s Importance in Healthcare Outcomes - Perspective of a Summer Student

    During my time at READ Saskatoon as a summer student, I had the opportunity to engage with families ...

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  • 05 Jul 2021

    Celebrating Beth's Retirement

    As we are wrapping up the end of the program year at READ Saskatoon, we are also wishing a fond far...

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  • 24 Jun 2021

    Quicksand: Covid-19 Edition

    Perseverance is defined as persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving s...

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  • 09 Jun 2021

    Partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library: Interview with Hannah Rajput

    1. What is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library? Can you share with us a bit about this program? Th...

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  • 04 May 2021

    Learn Together, Grow Together.

    “I feel super confident, and I aced my math course with a final mark of 94%! READ is such a great...

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  • 17 Apr 2021

    Davidson School Librarian Plans to Use READ Saskatoon’s Early Numeracy Program to Smooth Kindergarten Transition

    Research has determined that “children’s mathematics ability at the beginning of Kindergarten is...

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  • 08 Mar 2021

    The Gift of Literacy - Memories of My Mom, Jean Spurgeon

    Jan. 9, 1930 - Oct. 18, 2020 Mom was a tutor for READ Saskatoon during its inception and continu...

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  • 11 Feb 2021

    Pam Clarke National Philanthropy Day Nomination

    National Philanthropy Day acknowledges those who have made a difference in their community. In Novem...

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  • 19 Jan 2021

    Strong Families Create Strong Communities

    READ Saskatoon is a local literacy organization that offers literacy programs to adults and families...

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  • 26 Nov 2020

    Meet Brayden

    Find a link; make a prediction; focus. Are you ready to read now? This is how my reading sessions w...

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  • 04 Nov 2020

    Strong literacy skills are the foundation-- they do not happen by chance

    Daily observations made at READ Saskatoon reinforce what literacy-based research has revealed: the ...

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  • 28 Aug 2020

    2020 Community Builder Award: Tracy Arno

    August 11, 2020 Essence Recruitment was presented with the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon 2020 Community ...

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  • 20 Aug 2020

    Curtis Peeteetuce- 2020 Poet Laureate

    Each year, to close out the READ Saskatoon Golf Tournament for Literacy, a poet laureate reads the ...

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  • 02 Jul 2020

    Highlights 2019-20: A Year of Unpredictability and Adaptation

    As I sat down to write about what I would say to highlight this year for READ Saskatoon, all I could...

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  • 20 May 2020

    Literacy in the time of COVID-19

    On a good day, those facing literacy barriers struggle, let alone during this time of COVID-19, when...

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  • 29 Jan 2020

    Honoured Supporter Award

    READ Saskatoon is honoured to recognize Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon for the 2019 Honoured Supporter Aw...

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  • 11 Dec 2019

    Literacy Learner Award Winner

    Literacy Learner Award Candidate Biography: Lety Zereselasie (as dictated to Laurie Bonsal)   ...

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  • 22 Nov 2019

    Keep Learning and Stay Curious

    “It’s easier than you think, just get started!” That is Marlice Marcoux’s advice for pa...

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  • 12 Nov 2019

    We Can't Buy Everything at the Toy Store

    We live in a world of instant gratification. This is something that Kris Wanner – and any parent o...

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  • 28 Oct 2019

    The entire world is a classroom, and every person is a lifelong learner.

    For award-winning educator and PhD candidate Belinda Daniels, this understanding of education came t...

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  • 09 Sep 2019

    Dramatic Expression

    Volunteering as a Reading Guide for READ Saskatoon may be just the thing for you! I volunteer with ...

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  • 30 Aug 2019

    Lions' Learner Achievement Award Winner

    Guadalupe Del Cid Soto Maya Thank you for having me here today and thank you to the Saskatoon Downt...

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  • 26 Jun 2019

    The Big Four-oh

    READ is turning forty! In our twenties we kind of found ourselves. Figured out what we were good at...

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  • 31 May 2019

    READ Saskatoon and nehiyawak Language Experience Plan for the Future

    Tansi kahkiyaw, tawaw…. Kihci tipahamatowin nikotwasik askiy… ota Kinanastomitinawaw, Thank you...

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  • 08 Apr 2019

    Volunteering: It's Not Just About Me?

    As a teen I did volunteer work to fill out my resume, to fulfil scholarship requirements, and mainly...

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  • 25 Jan 2019

    Prevention is Crucial

    My name is Kayla Schneider. I am the Family Literacy Coordinator at READ Saskatoon. I started my wor...

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  • 16 Jan 2019

    Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018

    As the year winds down and we settle in for the holiday season, we share with you our most popular b...

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  • 16 Jan 2019

    Leaving a Legacy

    As Victor Hugo once said, “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled ou...

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  • 16 Jan 2019

    You Can Make a Difference

    Mary sits by the radio listening to CFQC. She hears Denny Carr tell Saskatoon residents that 10% of ...

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  • 16 Jan 2019

    Planning: A Family Project

    The world is changing, and every day we are faced with choices. As we are increasingly bombarded wit...

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  • 16 Jan 2019

    Save Smart

    Parenthood is not for the faint of heart. It’s a huge job, and one that these days comes with even...

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  • 16 Jan 2019

    Knowledge is Power

    Saving is a mindset – and it pays to change your mind early. For Deirdra Ness, her own experience...

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  • 09 Jan 2019

    Save Early and Often

    When her first born was only a few days old, Renelle Anderson made an incredibly important decision....

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  • 21 Sep 2018

    Literacy Supporter Finds Success by Serving the Community

    Congratulations to Terri Sewel, Co-Owner of SPARK Creations & Bookings who received the Saskatchewa...

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  • 04 Sep 2018

    A Poem on a Misty Afternoon

    Each year, to close out the READ Saskatoon Golf Tournament for Literacy, a poet laureate reads the ...

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  • 28 Aug 2018

    Building on Each Other's Strengths

    Thank you for having us here today, to Kirsten for working with us and to the Lions Club for support...

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  • 28 Jun 2018

    Board President Takes Literacy Personal

    Good afternoon, thank you all for joining us. My son learned to read this year. Seeing that growth...

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  • 13 Jun 2018

    RESP Program Partnership Creates Financial Futures

    Did you know that READ Saskatoon offers an RESP Matched Savings program? For the past six months thi...

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  • 28 May 2018

    RESPs: Yes, they are for you too!

    My name is Diane Mukuka and I am the READ Saskatoon Financial Literacy Facilitator and my focus is R...

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  • 25 Apr 2018

    Here's to the Power of Stories

    I grew up on stories.   Family and friends, visiting my parents, would sit around the kitchen ta...

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  • 16 Mar 2018

    Dakota Dunes CDC Literacy Volunteer Award Winner - Constance Thompson

    Dakota Dunes CDC Literacy Volunteer Award Winner Constance Thompson Acceptance speech for LIT UP 201...

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  • 04 Jan 2018

    Family Focus Eyecare - Focus on Literacy and Family Literacy Day

    As Saturday, January 27th is Family Literacy Day, Family Focus Eyecare aims to highlight the connect...

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  • 07 Dec 2017

    READ Saskatoon Annual Campaign 2017

    “Good morning, READ Saskatoon.” Many times when I answer the phone I hear the stories of people...

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  • 21 Nov 2017

    RESPs - Give Them The Chance To Focus On Their Education - Mayor Charlie Clark

    Times are changing. And so are the challenges for young people pursuing post-secondary education. ...

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  • 13 Nov 2017

    When Planning For Your Children’s Future, Time Is Your Friend - Felix Thomas

    “When planning for your children’s future, time is your friend.” Former Tribal Chief Felix ...

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  • 05 Nov 2017

    RESPs- The Earlier You Start The Better Off You'll Be - Steve Peace

    “It is possible! If a single mother of 8 can do it, so can you!” Steve Peace shares his encou...

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  • 30 Oct 2017

    Planning for an Education- Masesi Masilela

    Masesi Masilela didn’t sleep the entire 20-hour long ride. She had bid farewell to her parents, an...

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  • 13 Oct 2017

    Wyszynski Family Reunion Visit

    On September 12th READ Saskatoon had the pleasure of a special visit from the Wyszynski family. Fami...

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  • 08 Sep 2017

    nehiyawak Summer Language Experience

    This year READ Saskatoon partnered with Belinda Daniels to assist with the administrative components...

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  • 29 Aug 2017

    Ibrahim Sawi, Lions' Adult Learner Achievement Award Winner 2017

    My name is Ibrahim Sawi and I came to Saskatoon in 2004. I really had a difficult life back home in ...

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  • 29 Jun 2017

    Exciting Changes and New Beginnings

    Lisa Dunville, READ Saskatoon ​Board Chair’s Report for AGM – June 28nd, 2017   This year sa...

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  • 26 Jun 2017

    Top 10 Things We Will Miss About Desiree

    It has been a great run. Thank you Desiree for 12 years of extraordinary, committed, and loyal serv...

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  • 17 Mar 2017

    Dakota Dunes CDC Literacy Volunteer Award Winner - Masesi Masilela

    Dakota Dunes CDC Literacy Volunteer Award Winner Masesi Masilela Thank you speech for LIT UP 2017 Th...

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  • 22 Feb 2017

    Family Literacy Month 2017

    Thank you to all of our community collaborators who helped us celebrate Family Literacy Month 2017, ...

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  • 10 Feb 2017

    Confessions/Diary of an Internal Evaluator

    (inspired by the poem, “The Pragmatic Dreamer” by Chris Lysy) Part of my role at READ Saskatoon...

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  • 14 Dec 2016

    ‘Ball starts with B'

    “Reading is a pretty huge part of our daily routine.” When it is bedtime for three-year-old Nao...

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  • 14 Dec 2016

    “Literacy is Everywhere”

    “She surprises me everyday!” Bree Chartier and her six-year-old daughter make a great team. Up ...

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  • 14 Dec 2016

    “Family Literacy is the Cornerstone of Lifelong Learning.”

    “Family Literacy is the cornerstone of lifelong learning.” Julie Mintenko did not know what to ...

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  • 14 Dec 2016

    "Stay Calm, Carla, it’s Going to be Okay!”

    “Stay calm, Carla, it’s going to be okay!” This was Carla Cochran’s “aha” moment after ...

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  • 07 Nov 2016

    Kelli Blatchford, Saving for my Future

    I was the youngest of four children, so growing up I always knew that my parents had an education sa...

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  • 07 Nov 2016

    Erwin, Immigrating to Canada and Finances

    Coming to Canada was such a big change. A different culture, a different environment, a different wa...

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  • 27 Oct 2016

    Julie Ann Wriston, “Financial Literacy is a Basic Life Skill”

    “Money feels like a bit of a dirty secret… but it shouldn’t be!” Julie Ann Wriston believes...

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  • 27 Oct 2016

    Chris Sicotte - "Keeping an Open Mind and Continue Learning"

    Chris has a clear memory of sitting with his grandfather at the kitchen table, with the profits of t...

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  • 27 Oct 2016

    SaskTel Gzowski Award Recipient - Al Tirk

    Peter Gzowksi always said that the PGI is a day of fun and friendship on the links. When these liter...

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  • 21 Oct 2016

    Family Focus Eyecare - Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon's Community Builder Award Winner

    On August 29, Family Focus Eyecare was recognized for their contributions to literacy in Saskatoon w...

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  • 08 Sep 2016

    Bobby Cote - Lions' Learner Achievement Award Winner 2016

    It is a privilege to work with READ Saskatoon and my tutor Dale. I heard about READ Saskatoon from p...

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  • 02 Aug 2016

    Eekwol - 2016 PGI Poet Laureate

    Eekwol (Lindsay Knight) is an award-winning hip hop performing artist in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, or...

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    READ Saskatoon Supporter- Maria Carreiro

    Maria Carreiro is a Certified Financial Planner with Conexus Credit Union and her passion is helping...

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  • 12 Jul 2016

    Criss Cross Applesauce in the Community

    Over the past year, READ Saskatoon’s Family Literacy team delivered our new, parent-and-preschoole...

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  • 27 Jun 2016

    READ Saskatoon Supporter - Robert Fisher

    As an accountant, a computer consultant, and an entrepreneur in exploration geology, Robert Fisher d...

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  • 18 Apr 2016

    Authors' Circle Members - Liv Marken and Family

    Authors' Circle members - Liv Marken and her family John and Liv both work at the University of Sas...

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  • 04 Apr 2016

    Authors' Circle Members - The Greene Family

    Meet the Greene family! They give monthly as members of the Author’s Circle. Introducing: Devi...

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  • 22 Mar 2016

    Sakina Bikuta's Literacy Coach Nomination

    The following is an excerpt from Sakina's nomination letter for this year's Sylvia Vicq tutor award,...

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  • 14 Mar 2016

    Literacy Coach Recognition for Lisa Johnson

    On March 10th, 2016, READ Saskatoon was proud to present Lisa Johnson with the Sylvia Vicq Tutor Awa...

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  • 07 Mar 2016

    Family Literacy 2016

    Thank you to all of our community collaborators who helped us celebrate Family Literacy Month 2016, ...

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  • 25 Jan 2016

    The Stobbes

    “There’s no typical morning!” Dave Stobbe and his wife Sarah, like so many parents with young...

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  • 18 Jan 2016

    The Isbisters

    Literacy is so much more than words, and READ Saskatoon’s Financial Literacy Coordinator Tammy Isb...

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  • 11 Jan 2016

    The Tennents

    “Reading is always part of our daily routine,” says Andrew Tennent. Andrew and his wife, Gillia...

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  • 04 Jan 2016

    The Schmidt-Drake's

    Libraries and literacy are a huge part of the Schmidt-Drake family’s life. It’s kind of unavoid...

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  • 04 Jan 2016

    Rick Peddle - READ Saskatoon Donor

    Rick is a Chartered Professional Accountant and partner with Thomson Jasper & Associates. He has b...

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  • 28 Dec 2015

    Brianna Bergeron - READ Saskatoon Donor

    Brianna Bergeron is a motivated and goal oriented communication and marketing professional and ser...

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  • 21 Dec 2015

    Parviz Yazdani - READ Saskatoon supporter

    Dr. Parviz Yazdani, is a Saskatoon dentist and entrepreneur, who has been living in Saskatoon sinc...

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  • 14 Dec 2015

    Sheena Greer - READ Saskatoon donor

    Sheena Greer has been passionate about words since she was a child. After she received her BA in E...

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  • 07 Dec 2015

    Dave Hutton - READ Saskatoon Donor

    David is the managing editor of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.  He holds a master’s degree in jou...

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  • 01 Dec 2015

    Deb Murdoch - READ Saskatoon donor

      Deb is an AMP mortgage broker and owner of First Avenue Furnishings. She has a passion for numbe...

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  • 19 Oct 2015

    Curtis Peeteetuce: Superhero!

    Curtis Peeteetuce: Superhero! In addition to being a Literacy Superhero, Curtis Peeteetuce is an ...

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  • 06 Oct 2015

    Clint Broten - Lions’ Learner Achievement Award winner 2015

    Clint Broten - Lions’ Learner Achievement Award winner 2015 I am very grateful for the honour of ...

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  • 10 Sep 2015

    2015 Lions' Learner Achievement Award Winner-Clint Broten

    Clint Broten is this year’s Lions’ Learner Achievement Award winner, to be presented at the READ...

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  • 09 Sep 2015

    Never Stop Learning!

    Saskatchewan REALTORS® are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living in our provi...

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  • 25 Aug 2015

    Literacy For Success

    Al Tirk owns the Snooker Shack Billard Room, an award-winning facility providing family-friendly fun...

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  • 11 Aug 2015

    Community Building not just Community Helping

    The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre believes in community building not just community helpin...

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  • 23 Jul 2015

    Pat Cooley Blog

    I taught English for over 30 years, but it wasn’t until I met Lucinda that I truly understood the ...

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  • 13 Jul 2015

    Edna Fischer Blog

    Edna Fischer, a Financial Advisor with Conexus Credit Union, doesn’t do anything half-way. She vo...

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  • 12 Jun 2015

    Meeting of The Minds

    READ Saskatoon works hard to support our volunteer tutors and learners. Many participants in our Adu...

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  • 26 May 2015

    A Committed Partnership

    Brad and Erin Kuan live the values of literacy, volunteerism, and sports. Brad grew up in a small t...

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  • 19 May 2015

    Barb's Nomination Speech

    Hello Everyone. My name is Barb and I am very proud to be here tonight to nominate my wonderful tu...

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  • 11 May 2015

    Volunteer Literacy Coach Recognition for Ivanoe Cubillos

    When Ivanoe came to Canada from Chile, she knew very little English. She was a teacher in her home c...

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  • 20 Apr 2015

    Athena Lives Here: Giving Back Through Volunteering

      Shared with permission from the author, originally published online by BPW Saskatoon.   Did ...

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  • 23 Feb 2015

    The Power of Words - Gordon Barnhart

    Words are power, and to see someone who has always struggled with words learn how to read is the mos...

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  • 10 Feb 2015

    Family Literacy through the eyes of Catherine, our Family Literacy Program Coordinator

    Before I joined the team here at READ Saskatoon, I only had a very academic understanding of "Family...

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  • 26 Jan 2015

    An Early Start to Literacy Unlocks many Opportunities - Dave Salagubas

    The Salagubas household is hopping. With two children under the age of 3, Dave and Ashley are busy ...

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  • 19 Jan 2015

    Family Time with the Braids

    The Braids are a typical young family. Mom, Kaveri, and dad, Christian, work busy jobs. They have t...

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  • 12 Jan 2015

    The Hockely Family and Literacy

    Life is fun Life is also busy, scrambling chaos. For Dean and Deb Hockley, the busy day to day incl...

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  • 05 Jan 2015

    Masesi's Approach to Parenting: Involve Your Kids in Lifelong Learning

    A healthy family makes a healthy society. This is the greatest lesson Masesi Masilela has learned a...

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  • 17 Dec 2014

    Mona Chappell on her experience as a volunteer tutor with READ Saskatoon

    My association with READ Saskatoon has been an incredibly rewarding experience. As a tutor, each of ...

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  • 15 Oct 2014

    Dorothy Hyde

    Dorothy Hyde's credo is: “put action into what you believe.”  And act she does! Dorothy has w...

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  • 30 Sep 2014

    Lucinda Nielsen - Let me tell you about my journey

    I come from a family of nine children and I am the second oldest child. I had to leave school after ...

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  • 17 Sep 2014

    Kristen Hamm - Helping Saskatoon READ

    International Literacy Day is September 8, but through his volunteer efforts with READ Saskatoon, ...

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  • 22 Jul 2014

    Congratulations to Lucinda Nielsen, our 2014 Lions' Adult Learner Achievement Award Winner!

    “School was like nourishment. I’d eat and eat and eat and never get full.” Lucinda Nielsen ca...

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  • 25 Jun 2014

    Margaret Bear, her story

    It was nerve racking to say the least. My first day as a participant in READ Saskatoon’s literacy...

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  • 29 May 2014

    Tutor Conference Tips, Part Three: Staying On Track

    In this series, we’ve been reflecting on lessons learned and wisdom shared at the Tutor Conference...

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  • 21 May 2014

    Tutor Conference Tips, Part Two: Reading

    In our last post, we started a series on some shared expertise from our tutor conference in early Ma...

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  • 14 May 2014

    Tutor Conference Tips, Part One: Writing

    On May 3, 2014, READ Saskatoon brought together a group of dedicated tutors for a day of learning an...

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  • 05 May 2014

    It is never too late - Larry Zazula

    It is never too late to learn to read and write.  You are never too old to learn. I left school i...

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  • 24 Apr 2014

    Sheena on Lifelong Learning, and Funny Things Everywhere

    When I found out I was pregnant with my son, my first purchase was a book.  Dr. Seuss' One Fish, T...

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  • 23 Apr 2014

    LIT UP! from Vesna's Perspective

    One of my favourite things about LIT UP! was meeting new people. People were so friendly and talked ...

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  • 24 Feb 2014

    Change in Perspective - Luke Muller

    It’s funny how your perspective changes when given the chance to get involved. What first got me i...

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  • 05 Feb 2014

    Back to School

    For the past two years, I have had the extreme privilege of being an adult student. I have attempted...

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  • 08 Jan 2014

    Mona Can't Imagine a World Without Books

    Growing up on a farm with no access to a library meant there weren’t a lot of books available in h...

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  • 11 Dec 2013

    Jo's Journey

    All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes ...

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  • 28 Oct 2013

    Moe Tellier-Literacy and Adventures

    Life is an adventure or nothing at all, and READ Saskatoon volunteer Moe Tellier would know. His des...

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  • 04 Sep 2013

    My Life in a Literacy Nutshell

    As far back as I can remember, I have always loved reading. Of all the books that were available at ...

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