Our Stories

08
Sep
2017

nehiyawak Summer Language Experience

This year READ Saskatoon partnered with Belinda Daniels to assist with the administrative components of the nehiyawak Summer Language Experience Cree Camp. See below for more information about the camp and consider joining the camp next year! This Cree language camp is a six day summer program fou...

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 Sierra Leone in West Africa. We had a rebel war there that affected the whole population. During that time my dad was killed. There was no place for our family to go, no food, not even drinking water....

29
Jun
2017

Exciting Changes and New Beginnings

Lisa Dunville, READ Saskatoon ​Board Chair’s Report for AGM – June 28nd, 2017   This year saw exciting changes and new beginnings for READ Saskatoon. It was also a year of strengthening internally at a time when uncertainty in our province seems to be at its peak. As I reflect on what we ha...

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 service to literacy, and READ Saskatoon. Friday will be her last day, and we wanted to let her know just how much we will miss her: #desfacts #neverboring #literacyenergizerbunny 10. She has logged over ...

04
May
2017

READ Offers Much More than Words

My name is Cory Baumgardner, and I am new to the staff at READ Saskatoon. Starting in my role as the Adult Program Coordinator, I was immediately struck by the staff’s dedication to supporting those who access the programs READ provides. Adult tutoring, family literacy, and financial literacy—e...

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 Thursday, March 9, 2017 “Acquiring literacy is an empowering process, enabling millions to enjoy access to knowledge and​ information which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates al...

22
Feb
2017

Family Literacy Month 2017

Thank you to all of our community collaborators who helped us celebrate Family Literacy Month 2017, and to Conexus Credit Union who made it all possible! Our family literacy events were hosted by 6 different organizations in Saskatoon, and over 600 people braved the winter weather to celebrate with...

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 is to evaluate our programs, projects, and services. Here are some confessions from behind the desk, on the good, the bad, and yes…sometimes the ugly ebbs and flows I experience. Day 730: I feel m...

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 Naomi, both Nabila Akand and her husband James Cardnell take turns reading her bedtime stories.  “She’s really into dinosaurs right now,” says Nabila, “so our evenings are spent reading and tal...

14
Dec
2016

“Literacy is Everywhere”

“She surprises me everyday!” Bree Chartier and her six-year-old daughter make a great team. Up early every morning, they help each other prepare for the day ahead, and after Bree is done work, the mother-daughter pair get through their errands, chores and homework so they can spend some quality...