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Our MissionREAD Saskatoon has a long history as a local literacy organization that offers free literacy services to adults and families.

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:

  • 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.
  • We believe lifelong learning habits contribute to strong and resilient communities.
  • We believe our own cultural perspectives are limited and therefore we will not make assumptions about the experiences and cultural expressions of others.  
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 volunteers, and community partners.

READ Saskatoon’s Programs

Fit the Learner

Our literacy programs range from confidential adult one-on-one tutoring to adult group literacy skills training to programs designed for parents and families.

Fit the Volunteer

Volunteers are trained and receive on-going support from our staff.

Fit the Community

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.

READ Saskatoon’s Staff

Sheryl Harrow-Yurach

Executive Director

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.

Sheri Porrelli

Program Manager, Adult & Financial Literacy

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.

Rachael Sutherland

Program Manager, Children’s and Family Literacy

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.

Cecilia Mryglod

Office Manager

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.

Michelle Busa

Donor Relations and Fund Development Manager

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.

Kat Matlock

Communications Coordinator & Office Administrator

Favourite Book: House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. This book combines my love of reading and research, and beautifully toes the line between fantasy and reality.

Emily Hitz

Adult Literacy Coordinator

Favourite Book: A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews. It gave me a glimpse into the hearts and minds of people living lives very different from mine. At the same time, the story is set in the Canadian prairies, and has a powerful sentiment that I connect with more every time I read it, especially since moving here.

Jocelyn Hofmann

Financial Literacy Coordinator

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.

MacKenzie Read

Financial Literacy Coordinator

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.

Caitlin Wall

Children’s Literacy Coordinator

Favourite Book: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton. This book introduces readers to an unforgettable character, who I continuously had to remind myself was fictional. Dawnie Walton establishes herself as a unique and powerful voice that confidently uses her Black, female perspective to tell a complex tale about politics, music, and systemic racism that spans decades. Even days after finishing this book, I still had to convince myself that the characters and situations in it were not real.

Lindy Carter

Family Literacy Facilitator

Favourite Book: Nice Big American Baby by Judy Budnitz. This short story collection changed the way I felt about magic realism, about political writing, and about fiction in general in all its many shapes. Over the years, I’ve read these stories many times. As I’ve grown and changed, somehow, like magic, they seem to change too—revealing new perspectives on our complicated, beautiful, surprising, and formidable world.

Kayla Schneider

Family Literacy Coordinator

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.

Masesi Masilela

Family Literacy Program Assistant

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.”

Anita Fengstad

Family Literacy Program Assistant

Favourite Book: Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman. This books reminds my of my mom who could fix anything.

Amanda Junek

Program Trainer

My favourite books are the Madaddam trilogy written by Margaret Atwood. Choosing a favourite book is so difficult, but these books are so engaging that I’ve recently decided to re-read them. The dystopian world that sometimes feels like it may not be so far away, the entertaining dark humour, and the interesting relationships in these books drew me in. After I finished one, I couldn’t wait to read the next.