Since 1979 we have provided adult tutoring services with the help of trained volunteers and community partners. Today we have expanded to offer adult, family, and financial literacy programs, as well as literacy facilitator trainings and resources.
We believe everyone has the right to learn, regardless of age.
We believe strong literacy skills are not attained by chance.
We believe communities have a right to responsive and effective literacy programs that are attended to with diligence.
We believe lifelong habits contribute to strong and resilient communities.
READ Saskatoon's Vision:
A community that values, promotes, and supports literacy.
READ Saskatoon's Mission:
READ Saskatoon advances literacy and learning through the work of staff, trained volutneers, and community partners.
Our literacy programs range from confidential adult one-on-one tutoring to adult group literacy skills training to programs designed for parents and families.
Volunteers are trained and receive on-going support from our staff.
READ Saskatoon is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of individuals who value literacy and care about the impact low literacy has on individuals and families living in our community and our province.
Favourite Book: The Diviners by Margaret Laurence. In my early 20s I discovered this book. A couple decades later, its strong, resilient characters coupled with the prairie scenery remains my favourite read.
Favourite Book: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. This was the first book I read by this author, and I was amazed by how she could write such a moving story while incorporating such fascinating neuroscience.
Favourite Book: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I was immediately transported in time and I could see and smell the things he described. I was invested in the characters and I couldn’t put it down.
Favourite Book: When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. This book challenged my perception of poverty around the world and in Canada and gave me a different perspective on the work we do in our community.
Favourite Book: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. This is an entertaining, poignant story of a quiet man who finds the courage to be extraordinary.
Favourite Book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. I love this book because it made me think of the impact, good or bad, people have on your life.
Favourite Book: White Oleander by Janet Fitch. I attribute this book to my passion for working with vulnerable families. It was gifted to me from my grandmother who is very special to me.
Favourite Book: The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book raises questions about choice, free-will, and what it truly means to be human. (on Maternity Leave)
Favourite Book: The Power of a Half Hour: Take Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time. My favourite quote from this book is, "The value of the gifts is in what the act of giving communicates."
Favourite Book: Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman. This books reminds my of my mom who could fix anything.
Favourite Book: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This a recent favourite of mine, I liked the way the book explores the concepts of loneliness and solitude through the eyes of a young woman living and working in Glasgow, Scotland.
Favorite Book: Good Omens by Neil Gailman and Terry Pratchett. A hilarious read that explores the concepts of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ through a most unlikely friendship pairing. I like the use of humour and unique plot which, in its own way, presents the idea of intersectionality and how we place labels on others. (On leave)
Favourite Book: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I read this post-apocalyptic novel in graduate school and again after Covid-19 began ravaging the world because of its beautiful prose and hopeful message. Like the protagonist’s conviction that “survival is insufficient,” I too believe that making, preserving, and appreciating art is essential to the human experience and our continued survival.