04 Apr 2019

Telling Stories Gains Momentum in its Third Year

Saskatoon, April 4, 2019 – On Thursday, May 9th at the Broadway Theatre, three
Saskatchewan authors will donate their time for the good of literacy.

Telling Stories & Storytelling, supported by Bill Waiser, is gaining support in its third
year. This year, Alice Kuipers, David Carpenter, and Maria Campbell will read from their
work, along with several READ Saskatoon clients who have their own stories to tell.
Shelagh Rogers, the CBC’s The Next Chapter host, will oversee this celebration of
literacy and the power of the written word. All proceeds from this fundraising event will
go to READ Saskatoon.

Sheryl Harrow-Yurach, READ Saskatoon’s Executive Director, notes that these kinds of
events raise the profile of the agency, but more importantly, help people better
understand the need for community literacy programs: “Our community has a literacy
problem; 1/3 of Saskatchewan residents struggle with literacy. READ Saskatoon has
been providing literacy programs at convenient locations throughout Saskatoon. We
create positive changes in literacy skills in our community. We describe our adult,
financial, and family literacy programs as creating access to information and broadening
choices,” said Harrow-Yurach.

Bill Waiser, winner of the 2106 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction and
co-organizer of the event, believes that storytelling highlights the importance of
literacy. He has close memories of the adults in his family telling stories for many hours
and reminds us that “There are countless ways that stories are part of our day--whether
over coffee or a drink, during intimate moments with children, or just catching up with a
family member or friend.”

So, take a moment, think of your favourite story and let it inspire you to purchase a
ticket to support literacy.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Broadway Theatre, 715 Broadway Avenue
Special Guest Host: Shelagh Rogers of CBC’s The Next Chapter
Authors: Alice Kuipers, David Carpenter, and Maria Campbell
Poet: Marjorie Beaucage
Proudly Sponsored by: Blossom Communications, Robertson Stromberg and HBI Office
Organized by: READ Saskatoon and Bill Waiser

About READ Saskatoon
Established in 1979, READ Saskatoon is a volunteer literacy organization that provides
adult, family and financial literacy services to individuals and families. Literacy programs
are delivered by staff and trained volunteers. Their vision is to help support a community
that values literacy, and they believe that lifelong habits contribute to strong and
resilient communities.

Sheryl Harrow-Yurach
t. 306-652-5448
Executive Director
READ Saskatoon



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