Our Stories

09
Dec
2018

You Can Make a Difference

Mary sits by the radio listening to CFQC. She hears Denny Carr tell Saskatoon residents that 10% of the population in Saskatoon is illiterate. She can’t image what that would feel like and is compelled to help. The year is 1988. Mary Rodych is READ Saskatoon’s longest active volunteer. She has w...

03
Dec
2018

Leaving a Legacy

As Victor Hugo once said, “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” You are reading this letter because of your strong literacy skills. You know that literacy empowers people to improve their health, income and relationship with the world. You know th...

26
Nov
2018

Planning: A Family Project

The world is changing, and every day we are faced with choices. As we are increasingly bombarded with information, our ability to learn and adapt become critical to our livelihoods. But that isn’t the only challenge. As the cost of living continues to rise, the pressure to find a good job and star...

05
Nov
2018

Save Smart

Parenthood is not for the faint of heart. It’s a huge job, and one that these days comes with even more demand. With most families having two parents that work outside the home, mixed with school and activities, a growing to do list, parents face increased pressure to do it all – including their...

05
Nov
2018

Knowledge is Power

Saving is a mindset – and it pays to change your mind early. For Deirdra Ness, her own experiences when she was first out of school helped her realise the importance of having a plan for your finances. “After I graduated from high school, I applied to university, but I wasn’t quite ready,”...

05
Nov
2018

Save Early and Often

When her first born was only a few days old, Renelle Anderson made an incredibly important decision. While she was looking through a gift bundle she had received from the hospital, she came across a pamphlet about education savings and made the call to start immediately. “I was a really young new...

20
Sep
2018

Literacy Supporter Finds Success by Serving the Community

Congratulations to Terri Sewell, Co-Owner of SPARK Creations & Bookings who received the Saskatchewan Literacy Award of Merit this year.    Thank you, your Honour Lieutenant Governor, MLA dignitaries, and special guests. It is an absolute honor to be here today, recognized for this award. When...

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 poem they created throughout that day. We were honoured to have Amy Jo Ehman as our poet this year. Here is her poem.  We gather here today in the name of Peter Gzowski, A man who loved to read a...

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 supporting this award. Our social worker referred us to READ Saskatoon last year. We wanted to work on our reading and comprehension to improve our options for employment. While we were working with Kirsten...

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—from reading basic sentences about a cat who sat, to ones that were increasingly complex—was one of the best experiences I have had as a parent. Like me, everything my son will have in life will ...