“Deana Driver came to our school for a presentation and spoke to our students about her books, writing and publishing. She is an awesome presenter, she kept them all engaged and hearing the stories about how the books came to be was so enlightening and made them even more interesting to get and read. The story about a shy, farm girl going on to be a journalist, then writer, editor and publisher, really inspired some of our students as to how far you can go and what you can do if you try. She gave them great insight into how to start writing and keep going. We very much enjoyed her visit!” Elaine Jantz, Librarian, Viscount Central School
“Thanks, Deana, for your presentation to the Superannuated Teachers Regina Chapter assembly. Your “show & tell” style, casual with a touch of humour, was very well received. A successful afternoon!” Shirley Dodds, Program Convener.
“Deana is an engaging storyteller. She draws you in with stories from books she has penned as well as from authors she has published. Her stories make you laugh and some make you cry. I highly recommend inviting Deana to speak and you definitely want to check out her books – a Saskatchewan Author and Publisher!” Patty Williams, Glenavon Library Board member
“Deana had the room fully captivated, as we listened to her very familiar story of growing up on the farm. We did not want the presentation to end as we enjoyed her passion for the many books she has written, involving local stories about cancer and hope, all which hit close to home.” Glenavon Branch Librarian Angela Englot
“Thank you so much for visiting our small school. Everyone is still talking about it and looking forward to reading several of the books you introduced us to. We loved hearing your story, and your advice was inspirational to both student and adult alike.” Andrea Ostapovitch, St. Theodore School
“I wanted to tell you how valuable your presentation was for our Grade 11 ELA students. As a teacher of the ELA 20 curriculum, I spend a lot of time teaching and guiding the students through the writing process. This curriculum is heavy with writing tasks; you validated everything I have attempted to teach my students! Thank you for that. I also thank you for speaking to both fiction and non-fiction writing, even though it appears you are most comfortable with the non-fiction. This was definitely the most valuable presentation I have had my students attend in terms of relevant and insightful information as an ELA student.” Holly Dmyterko, Carlton Comprehensive High School ELA Teacher
PARTIAL LIST OF SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Saskatchewan: Imperial School, Imperial, Gr. 1-6; Robert Southey School, Gr. 6-8, 9-12; Viscount Central School, Gr. 1-6, 7-12; Montmartre School – Gr. 1-12; Cupar and Lipton schools – K-12; St. Henry’s Jr. Elementary School & Miller Elementary School, Melville; Craik School Gr. 1-5; Avonlea School; St. Theodore School K-Gr. 8, Theodore; Kinistino School K-Gr. 11; Naicam School K-Gr. 12; Herbert School K-Gr. 6; Hague Elementary School K-Gr. 5; Bethlehem Catholic School Creative Writing Class, Saskatoon; Carlton Comprehensive High School Creative Writing Class, Prince Albert; St. Mary’s High School Gr. 9 & 12, Prince Albert; W.P. Sandin High School Gr. 11-12, Shellbrook; Grade 1-8 (Grades 1-4 and Grades 5-8), St. Augustine School, Humboldt; Prince Albert Comprehensive High School, Creative Writing 20 class; Queen Elizabeth School Gr 2-5, Weyburn; Saint Mary’s School, Pleasantdale Elementary, Westview Elementary, K-Gr 6, Estevan; Estevan Comprehensive School; Gordon Kells High School, Carlyle; Gull Lake School K-Gr 8; Hodgeville School Gr1-12; Maverick School, Swift Current; Vibank School Gr 3-4; Swift Current Comprehensive High School Creative Writing Workshop & Author reading; O’Neill High School Entrepreneurship Class, Regina.
Manitoba: St. Maurice School, Winnipeg.
Alberta: Elmer Gish School Gr. 1, St. Albert; Whispering Hills Primary School K-Gr. 3, Athabasca; Landing Trail Intermediate School Gr. 4, Athabasca; St. Jerome School Gr. 1-10, Vermilion.LIBRARIES
Glenavon Branch Library, Glenavon SK; Martensville Branch Library, Martensville SK; Redcliff Library, Redcliff AB; Wawota Library, Wawota SK; Canora Library, Canora SK; Shellbrook Public Library, Shellbrook SK; Alice Turner Library, Saskatoon SK; Words In the Park, Regina SK; White City Library, White City SK; Oxbow Library, Oxbow SK; Assiniboia Library, Assiniboia SK;
Weyburn Public Library, Weyburn SK; Estevan Public Library, Estevan SK; Porcupine Plain Public Library, Porcupine Plain SK; Tisdale Public Library, Tisdale SK; Melfort Public Library, Melfort SK; Hudson Bay Public Library, Hudson Bay SK; Yorkton Public Library, Yorkton SK; Foam Lake Public Library, Foam Lake SK; Reid Thompson Library, Humboldt SK; Athabasca Public Library, Athabasca AB; Medicine Hat Public Library, Medicine Hat AB; Calgary Public Library Central Library, Calgary ABOTHERS
Wings of Saskatchewan annual conferences; Saskatchewan Aviation Museum’s Aviation Days; Regina Flying Club’s Open House; Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Regina SK; Riverside Terrace Seniors’ Housing, Saskatoon SK; Masterpiece Southland Meadows Seniors’ Housing, Medicine Hat AB; Superannuated Teachers Regina Chapter; Beta Sigma Phi, Regina SK; Daly House Museum, Brandon MB; Vertigo Series at Crave, Regina SK; Self-publishing workshop, McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon SK; Viking Station Tea House, Viking AB; St. Andrew’s United Church, Wolseley SK; Seniors Chit Chat, Reid-Thompson Library & Seniors Centre, Humboldt SK; Wellington Grant Avenue seniors’ residence, Winnipeg MB; Preston Park II Retirement Residence seniors, Saskatoon SK; Ironwood Estates seniors, St. Albert AB; Numerous television, radio & newspaper interviews for book launches and events.