Wendy Tanner Memorial Fund
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of former Parkdale Project Read collective member, Wendy Tanner - a beloved friend, colleague, and mentor who passed away in June 2020 at the age of 67. This is a link to her online obituary.
Wendy worked at Project Read from 1997 to 2000. She was a life-long educator and social justice activist, who loved working with literacy students.
Wendy also loved to sing, sew, dance, go to movies and plays, and realized how the arts enrich our lives and feed our learning.
In respectful consultation with Wendy's loved ones, Parkdale Project Read has established the Wendy Tanner Memorial Fund for Arts and Literacy to honour Wendy's life and and celebrate her contributions to the adult literacy community.
This fund will support adult literacy learning through arts-based activities and projects. PPR learners will explore new ways of expressing themselves through workshops led by artists and have access art materials and other resources.
In 2021, PPR learner Nancy Dixon published her autobiographical story, Standing in My Rightful Place about her experiences growing up in Africville, a small community of predominantly Black Canadians that was located in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and we programmed a monthly series of Healing Song Circles and Teachings with Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone (drummer, singer and storyteller).
If you wish to make a donation to the Wendy Tanner Memorial Fund for Arts and Literacy, please visit our Canada Helps page and make a secure online donation.
Thank you for supporting adult literacy learners, in memory of Wendy Tanner.