They know about it around the world. They come from across the country, the continent and, in some cases, from overseas to be a part of it. It's the Saskatchewan Festival of Words. It's on this weekend in Moose Jaw.

Authors, writers, musicians, poets and others are here to read, share and perform for us and learn from each other.

I'll bet at some point over the next several days they'll all hear about Gary Hyland. The Saskatchewan Festival of Words started with a dream back in the 90's. A local man- a teacher and author, told everyone who would listen that he wanted to create this festival. Not many gave it a chance. He said we could build a cultural centre with room for artists to work and show with a performing arts theatre. Then we'd have this festival with the potential to draw international attention. He made it happen.

Gary Hyland lost his battle with ALS some six years ago now. I'll always remember his passion and tenacity and all of us should appreciate the legacy he left.

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