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: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. This book, translated from Japanese, provides insight into the mind and perspective of a person living with autism. It is a light read that provides so much information – helping create empathy and understanding.
Favourite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I loved being transported to another time, where silly class expectations and lifestyles were so different from mine.
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: 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: Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo. The ideas raised transcend just aid and country-to-country relations but also relate to everyday human relationships.
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 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: The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book raises questions about choice, free-will, and what it truly means to be human.
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.