Although I took the MACL degree after retirement as a teacher-librarian I feel that it has helped me enormously. I think it is very important to give back to one’s community and the program. It has given me the “creds” to pursue a few volunteer activities. I am working locally with a literacy initiative selecting, organizing and managing Read-While-You-Wait book bins throughout the community for children to access while waiting with parents at laundromats, social service offices, etc. Eventually we will expand the number of bins to new sites as we have quite the waiting list…including the local buses.
I was invited to participate in a national social studies conference in Houston, Texas in 2008 as one of 16 Canadian educators promoting Canadian Studies in the US.
In addition I worked on the Equity and Access committee for the TD bank’s National Reading campaign.
Furthermore, I have been able to write several articles for one of the local papers as well as a couple of professional journals. Lastly, I help once a week with the Rotary Club sorting donated books, particularly the children’s books, for their huge annual used book sale in October.