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Darla Read


I’ve been reading for as long as I could hold a book. People would remark to my mom in doctor’s offices how young I was to be reading: I wasn’t really reading, but I was attentively turning the pages as if I was. This was the beginning of my journey as a writer; to be a great writer, you need to be a voracious reader, and reading has always been my favourite extra-curricular activity. I read multiple books at once.

I officially graduated as a journalist in 2003. I have worked for daily, weekly, and monthly newspapers and provincial and national broadcasters. Over the course of writing for nearly 20 years, I have interviewed everyone from former premiers and cabinet ministers, former gang members, a woman celebrating her 105th birthday, new moms, and people doing what they can to support others during COVID-19. People from all walks of life because everyone has a story to tell.

I remember speeding back from Red Earth Cree Nation one spring in order to make a national deadline to lead CBC Radio’s The World This Hour on a Saturday. I was driving way over the speed limit, listening to interviews, making notes of where the best quotes were. I made it back to the office safely and led the newscast, but I don’t necessarily recommend doing this on a regular basis!

I’ve also worked as a communications specialist, where I’ve crafted annual reports, speaking notes, website content, newsletters, donor letters, and a social media strategy. I know the importance of staying on brand for your corporate story.


The biggest moment in my personal life and professional life, though I didn’t know it at the time, was becoming a mother. My writing journey took a detour into becoming a postpartum doula. What I didn’t realize then is this was the birth of YRSTRY; after all, no journey is linear. I still remember the moment my son was placed on me: I looked down at this little human I had made and told him, “We did it.” It is hard to put into words the emotions in that moment, but I do it on a regular basis with moms as I write and create their birth story books.

I write because the written word has the power to connect people with those who matter the most to us. Stories move us. They evoke emotion: they make us cry, rage, donate to a worthy cause, support a local business, call an old friend to tell them we love them. What do you want YRSTRY to do?


You have the power to create great change with YRSTRY. Together we will transform your memories into your timeless legacy. Because everyone has a story to tell, and I can’t wait to tell yours.