Literacy Society chooses leadership

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The Hay River Literacy Society has agreed on its leadership for the coming year.

Marissa Oteiza: president of the Hay River Literacy Society returned for second year leading organization. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

And the new executive is very much like that of the past 12 months following the group’s annual general meeting on Aug. 10.

Marissa Oteiza is returning for her second year as president.

Rosie Wallington is also back as vice-president and Paul Grant is once again treasurer.

The only new person on the executive is Louis-Nicolas Golbec as secretary.

The society has two directors – Marilyn Barnes and newcomer Anne Walsh.

The elections at the AGM were conducted by consensus as people volunteered to remain in their existing roles and others offered to fill positions.

Six people – the executive members and the two directors – attended the AGM.

Oteiza said six to eight people participate in the society.

“It’s been successful as a small group, but we’re open to having new members,” she said.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Hay River Literacy Society can talk to Oteiza at NWT Centennial Library, where she works as a program librarian.

“We can let them know when our next meeting is and then they’re welcome to join and experience a meeting, and if they decide they want to join up, they can be included,” she said.

Oteiza explained the purpose of the Hay River Literacy Society is to promote literacy in the community through programs to get people reading, especially children and youth.

Some programs are also designed to introduce literacy to infants by having parents read to their young children.