AALT Conference 2019 - Tell Your Story

Banff, Alberta
Thursday, April-11-19

    Friday Speaker

    Jay Bardyla has created a thriving community of literate nerds throughout Alberta.

    As a co-owner of Happy Harbor Comics for 19 ½ years, he helped build an innovative and award-winning business that offered a variety of opportunities to artists, writers and educators. Happy Harbor has visited hundreds of schools and libraries to spread the joy of comics, creativity and literacy, as well as donating more than $10,000 worth of comics back to libraries with their Comic Book Fair program. He is looking forward to building even more communities in the future.

    Saturday Speaker

    Marty Chan writes plays for adults and books for kids. A vagabond of writing genres, Marty has written stage plays, TV scripts, and Y/A novels. He’s written over 25 plays that have been produced around the world. His hit comedy Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl had productions across Canada as well as an Off Broadway production in 2004. His thriller, The Bone House, was a hit at the Edmonton Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. His popular Marty Chan Mystery series won over kids from across Canada as well as the City of Edmonton Book Prize in 2005 and a Diamond Willow Award in 2007. In 2016, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts named Marty one of the 25 influential artists in Alberta. He continues to work and live in Edmonton with his wife Michelle. You can follow his exploits on Twitter @Marty_Chan or Facebook. For more information about Marty, go to www.martychan.com

    Book Talks in Three Dimensions (Breakout Session): Marty Chan shares tips and tricks on how to engage kids and get them excited about reading books. From storytelling to stage magic, Marty reveals how he ignites kids’ love of books and fires up their reading habits.

    Sunday Speaker

    Tanya Ball (She/Her) is a Michif woman from Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty 1 Territory. She is currently living in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) where she is enrolled in the PhD program with the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Here, she is working with her family from St. Ambroise to research the connections between Michif storytelling and experience of religion. She is also a sessional instructor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta teaching LIS 598 Indigenous Librarianship within a Canadian context. 

    Within the library world, Tanya was the first recipient of the University of Alberta Libraries’ (UAL) Indigenous Internship Program while she was working towards her Master of Library and Information Studies. During this time, she was also a library assistant at the Edmonton Public Library where she specialized in Digital Initiatives and programming with robotics. Upon graduation, she worked as an Academic Librarian Resident with a focus on Indigenous initiatives at UAL where she facilitated a research project to improve library services to Indigenous scholars. 

    Outside of libraries, Tanya gives back to her local Indigenous community, which takes place in a variety of ways. She has worked with Book Publishers Association of Alberta to update their descriptions of Indigenous materials. She volunteers with the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) Indigenous Matters Committee as a member of the curriculum team. What is most rewarding to her, however, is mentoring upcoming Indigenous librarians by connecting them with Indigenous community organizations like Michif Cultural connections in St. Albert, Alberta.


    Contact Information

    • AALT Conference Team

      We have blocked off rooms at two hotels in Banff.
      Banff Park Lodge 
      • 1 (800)-661-9266
      • Cost $139 Superior Room, $199 Jacuzzi Suite, $259 Executive Suite
      Bow View Lodge
      • 1 (800)-661-1565.
      • Cost $129 per room
      For conference guest codes on room bookings, please see hotel information under registration.

      Please use the same e-mail address when registering as your membership, if applicable.

      Only one Member registration per membership type (including Institutional memberships), as per Membership rules.

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      c/o Eric Leonhardt
      301 - 8120 97 Street NW
      Edmonton, AB
      T6E 3K5

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