Stories & Poems


Ilze Epners

Peter Gzowski Special Award Recipient Ilze Epners: Yamaska Literacy Council Yamaska Literacy Council’s (YLC) Ilze Epners and Wendy Seys have been involved in adult literacy initiatives for decades. Their work is focused on increasing resources avai


Andrea Stewart

Peter Gzowski Special Award Recipient Andrea Stewart:  Frontier College PGI at The Briars The very first Peter Gzowski Invitational took place at Frontier College in Toronto 31 years ago. Since then, the events have evolved into a national series of loca


The Power of Words – Gordon Barnhart

Words are power, and to see someone who has always struggled with words learn how to read is the most powerful experience. I should know. I feel that power every single day. My name is Gordon Barnhart, and I am president of the University of Saskatchewan.

Athena Lives Here: Giving Back Through Volunteering

Shared with permission from the author, originally published online by BPW Saskatoon. Did you know that in 2013, nearly half (44%) of Canadians volunteered? The total number of hours given was almost 2 billion! I can’t even begin to put a dollar figure

Sylvia Vicq Tutor Award Winner-Ivanoe Cubillos

When Ivanoe came to Canada from Chile, she knew very little English. She was a teacher in her home country, and wanted to do her best for herself and her family. When she arrived, a single mother of two, she was hungry to learn this new language. She star

Terry Affleck

Learning to Read Later in Life My name is Terry Affleck and I learned to read at the age of 63 and today at 65 I am enrolled at Holland College to prepare for my GED. I started school in a “one room” classroom which was very common in small ru