Thursday, October 20, 2016

Remembering Maureen Woods

On Friday April the 12th the Saskatchewan Library Association, in a deeply personal ceremony, presented Maureen Woods with the Frances Morrison Award of merit for outstanding service to libraries. Maureen was surrounded by her family and closest friends. The Award reflects a body of work focused in Western Canada but impacted an entire country.

Twenty-four hours later we lost a valued colleague, a woman dedicated to library development, and a true Library Champion! Maureen Woods died April 13, 2013

 A life spent breaking new ground and doing things in her own way.
She challenged governments and challenged all of us to stand up for libraries.
She took the woman out of Saskatchewan but never Saskatchewan out of the woman.
One of her many legacies for us will be how she lived by the principles of community development.
Her words "Listen to the Folks" will stay with us forever.

Our prayers and love are with her as she is called to a new development project...

Thank you to "Moe's" family and friends for sharing her with the rest of us.

This Week in Libraries 2010 @ Jasper Park Lodge


Monday, October 26, 2015

Hockey Sticks

Had an interesting chat this morning that brought back a flood of memories from my youth.

My chiropractor, still an active old timers hockey player, was talking about getting back on the ice this season and using his new stick.

When I jokingly asked if he had to cash in his RSSPs to buy the stick he said he got a deal, only $300.

My mind went into flash back mode and there I was back in Winnipeg 60 years ago looking up at the rack of hockey sticks in Gooch's bicycle shop (Skates and sticks in winter months). I was a kid of ten with a paper route and money to spend on a new stick.......but it was a big decision did i go for the $1.75 stick or the $1.95 one.

Wow 60 years later and I could have been looking at a $300 stick.

Back to today and the chiropractor talked about buying $7.00 sticks at Canadian Tire in Regina. According to him the secret of the $7.00 stick was soaking it in the bathtub or they would break first time out.

After this conversation I thought about how important the hockey stick has been in Canadian society. From the straight as an arrow wooden ones to the wrapped fibre glass to curved blades to interchangeable blades to the masterpiece composite models of today.

Every kid had a stick of some sort; new ones, hand me downs, broken ones found at the rink....the hockey stick stimulated the imagination of kids shooting balls or pucks in basements, against garage doors or against the boards at outdoor rinks. You could be any hockey long as you had a stick in your hands.

Yup good times back at the Broadway Optimist Community Club rink imagining what might be.....

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Our Conflicting Wants are Leading us Where?

As Albertans we have our personal list of wants; the challenge is that in the end we have to pay for everything. How do we balance things..........???
  1. We want world class Health Care with no waiting and 24/7/365 access anywhere anytime.
  2. We want the freedom to eat and drink whatever we want
  3. We want the freedom to do as little exercise as possible
  4. We want access to appropriate health related drugs at affordable prices
  5. We want a world class k-12 education system with well designed, well maintained schools in our neighbourhoods
  6. We expect our teachers to be paid appropriately
  7. We want access to affordable world class post secondary education for our young people
  8. We want safe communities
  9. We want our kids to have access to safe, well maintained natural play spaces
  10. We want a dependable, realistic Judicial system
  11. We want a safe, well maintained highway system
  12. We want clean water and clean air
  13. We want an effective, efficient transparent government
  14. We want our vulnerable citizens to be cared for and not ignored
  15. We want our Aboriginal citizens to be treated equally
  16. We want our Senior Citizens to have access to supports systems that will allow them to live productive, safe lives
  17. We want a world class quality of Life (housing, access to food, recreation, the arts....
  18. We want to pay as little tax as humanly possible
  19. We want low user fees
  20. We want the best public service available at the lowest cost
  21. We want politicians to know we exist
  22. We want to the best government possible at the least cost and without voting
  23. We want Billions more in our Heritage Fund
  24. We want a pristine environment
  25. We want a world class provincial parks system
  26. We want our Tourism Industry to flourish
  27. We want a vibrant pool of well trained and motivated volunteers
  28. We want a strong, sustainable not for profit sector
  29. We want world class artists and performers
  30. We want access first class Cultural and Recreation facilities across the province
  31. We want access to the best services libraries in Alberta can offer
  32. We want to attract world class events, performers and scholars to our province
  33. We want an abundance of jobs
  34. We want oil companies to pay higher Royalty fees
  35. We want a sales tax free province
  36. We want vulnerable children cared for in safe, healthy environments
  37. We want rural communities to be vibrant and sustainable
  38. We want to be an open accepting society
  39. We want to eliminate the boom bust economic roller coaster
  40. We want to vote as we have always voted
  41. We want change
Feel free to add to the list of conflicting positions