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Thursday, May 31 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Opening Keynote: Save Saskatchewan’s Libraries

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In 2017, the Saskatchewan provincial government tried to cut funding to Saskatchewan libraries by 55%. One rural woman created a volunteer team who used social media, protests, and mainstream media to see this reversed in a matter of 5 weeks. Learn how a non-hierarchical, completely volunteer powered group forced the most popular politician in the country to reserve a disastrous decision when all hope seemed lost.

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Christine Freethy

Founder, Save Saskatchewan Libraries
Christine Freethy is the executive director of a regional food security non-profit. She was previously a domestic violence and crisis counsellor, and won a gold medal in child welfare research.  Raised in a very impoverished Francophone family with only 6 books, including “la Bible... Read More →
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Glen Freethy

Glen is a former rural branch Librarian - and was the only male rural library clerk in Lakeland Library Region! Some of his past employment includes various jobs in the oil patch, welding and farm labour. He is a voracious lifelong reader and met his wife because he wrote a letter... Read More →

Thursday May 31, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am CDT