Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice - The Willow Awards, Inc. (SYRCA) is a volunteer-run non-profit, registered charity begun in 2001. (charity number: 87530 3919 RR0001)
The mission of The Willow Awards is to promote reading by granting a "Willow Award" to the Canadian and/or Saskatchewan book(s) voted by Saskatchewan students to be the best of those nominated in designated categories for a specific year.
In an effort to encourage participation by all children, regardless of the level at which they are reading, three awards have been established:
Students may vote for their favourite book in any category in which they have read the minimum number of books required. Individuals may submit ballots - teachers or librarians, please submit tallies of votes.
In the first year of voting (2002), more than 5,000 students participated. The number of participants has increased to more than 13,000 in 2011-2012. Ballots and how to vote for the current Willow Awards may be found on the Nominated Books page.
Participation in the Willow Awards is free to Saskatchewan students. Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice - The Willow Awards Inc. depends on membership donations and sponsorships to operate. Please consider a membership/donation. Our charity business number is: 87530 3919 RR0001. (Membership/donation form -pdf - 157KB)
|President:||Ruth Garnett, Saskatoon|
|Vice President:||Ann Atchison, Saskatoon|
|Vice President:||Tammie Latimer, Yorkton
|Treasurer:||Donna Koch, Regina|
|Secretary:||Amanda Hassen, Moose Jaw
|Fundraising Officer:||Naomi Kral, Regina|
|Past President:||Florence Barton, Saskatoon|
|Directors at Large:||Elsbeth Dormuth, Saskatoon|
|Val Gerrard, Regina|
|Margaret Lipp, Regina|
|Margot Mack, Regina|
|Jocelyn Provost, La Ronge|
|Melody Wood, Yorkton|
|SLA Representative:||Cassandra Mireau, Saskatoon
|SRC Representative:||Pam Foy, Moosomin
Back row: Margot Mack, Jocelyn Provost, Amanda Hassen, Val Gerrard, Donna Koch, Elsbeth Dormuth, Margaret Lipp. Front row: Ann Atchinson, Naomi Kral, Melody Wood, Ruth Garnett, Florence Barton. Missing: Tammie Latimer.
In 2008-2009, the SYRCA Board created a planning document to guide the organization in the next few years.
Personal information will be used only for SYRCA activities such as: