At NAM 2013, members heard first hand of the fire and the recovery process in Slave Lake in a presentation by Jenna Gutowski, Slave Children's Librarian. IODE members further showed their support by donating books at the conference.
On 13 September 2013, we were finally able to celebrate the grand re-opening of the newly built Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library. IODE Alberta President Diane Duce travelled to Slave Lake to attend the re-opening and tour the new library along with IODE Alberta Officers, Dona Nickolas, Irene Eyre, and Shirley Lamont.
Jenna Gutowski has accepted a teaching position in Korea so could not be at the celebration. Although we could not visit with Jenna on this trip, it was an added pleasure to meet Jenna's mother, Lana Gutowski, who now works at the library.
Shane Parmar, Library Manager of the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library expressed his appreciation to IODE for our contribution to the library.
IODE Canada and IODE Alberta are proud to have joined this effort by many charitable organizations, businesses, and individuals to rebuild the library.