30Aug 21

Lisa and Jim Yuel support literacy with a $100,000 donation

RELEASE DATE August 30, 2021

Saskatoon, August 30, 2021 –READ Saskatoon participants, volunteers, and staff are incredibly grateful to Lisa and Jim Yuel for a $100,000 donation. “READ Saskatoon is a safe place to learn. A place where people are supported and welcomed. With the help of trained volunteers they empower people,” said Lisa Yuel. “We are very pleased to provide $100,000 to this important organization. During COVID this organization helped families improve their skills. The families began reading more often with their children, and they learned to access online resources and learning opportunities.”

READ Saskatoon plans to raise $2,000,000 this year in a major giving campaign. The funds will help individuals and families achieve their literacy goals. COVID has put extra stress on many families and READ Saskatoon wants to ensure everyone has access to free community literacy opportunities throughout our province.

“18 months ago, READ Saskatoon completely transformed its education model to meet the needs of parents in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Jarvis Pelletier, Board of Directors Chair for READ Saskatoon. “Because of our country’s and province’s long history of education inequity, currently, one-third of Saskatchewan adults struggle with literacy daily and one-third of Saskatchewan children show up for kindergarten not ready to learn. Strong learning habits are created before they start school. That’s why community literacy programs are so important.”

Over the next four years READ Saskatoon will:

  • Work with 20,000 people
  • Double their trained volunteers from 165 to 330; and,
  • Train 200 facilitators throughout Saskatchewan, supporting them to deliver READ Saskatoon’s children’s, family, and financial literacy programs in their communities.

I couldn’t be any prouder of the READ Saskatoon team for this major accomplishment. In truth, they’d been preparing for this opportunity for many years with innovative ways of engaging adults and their families outside the traditional classroom. We are so proud to support their work,” says Lisa Yuel.

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.

Contact: Sheryl Harrow-Yurach Executive Director, READ Saskatoon

t. 306-652-5448

[email protected]