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Remembering Sharon Palermo

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Hackmatack Board member Sharon Palermo passed away on March 5 after a brief illness.

She was a dedicated educator and children’s author who was passionate about books and reading.

Sharon proposed the idea of a "tree award" for the Atlantic region, putting in motion what would become the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award.

She devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy to the Hackmatack program. Her board work included a seat on the promotions committee, and she generously hosted meetings in her home. Through her tireless support she shared her love of reading with children across Nova Scotia and throughout Atlantic Canada.

We continue to be indebted to Sharon and her commitment to Hackmatack. It was a pleasure to work with her. She will be sadly missed.

Sharon’s obituary is available online at Arbor Memorial. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award and Society.

Celebrating 20 Years — Hackmatack “20 for 20"

We kicked off our 20th anniversary year with the Hackmatack “20 for 20” campaign, to help send nominated authors to schools and libraries in the Atlantic Provinces. Thank you to everyone who participated! Read all about it here.

Register for 2018 - 2019

Register now for Hackmatack 2018–19. Download the registration brochure here.

2018 - 2019 Hackmatack Shortlists!

The selection committees have made their choices for the shortlists for the 2018-19 Hackmatack Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees! Check them out here:

Win a Set of Hackmatack Nominated Books!

All registered groups will be entered in a draw to win a set of next year’s Hackmatack nominated books, donated by TD. One school or library from each Atlantic province will be drawn at the award ceremony.

2017 - 2018 Winners Announced

The readers have spoken! Click here to find out who were the winners of the 2018 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award.

2017 - 2018 Live Stream

If you missed the 2018 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award Ceremony, it's available for viewing here. Enjoy!

Note: The ceremony itself starts at 8:49, following the opening entertainment and the singing of O Canada.