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Colleen Sklar is the volunteer chairwoman for the Gaynor Family Regional Library in Selkirk, MB. Her youngest daughter was 12 months old when planning started on the library, and she recently turned 13 years old.

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Colleen Sklar is the volunteer chairwoman for the Gaynor Family Regional Library in Selkirk, MB. Her youngest daughter was 12 months old when planning started on the library, and she recently turned 13 years old.

A few weeks ago I was sent out to Selkirk regarding a story about the new library that was just built, the Gaynor Family Regional Library. It's probably the nicest library I have ever been in. It was more like a really nice, very large bookstore.

There was a cafe!

Huge windows!

I had to take our tour guide, Colleen Sklar, the volunteer chairwoman of the library aside so I could shoot a portrait and have a small chat with her.

I asked her what the biggest challenge was for her during the project to have the library built.

"The hardest thing in any project is people trusting, having trust and having faith in their partners. That to me is key. We have to learn to share, we were taught to share when we were little kids and I think we have to understand that going into a project with an open hand and trusting is our only way forward. You can't receive unless your hands are open."

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Evy Galashan, 2, shows a favorite book while at the recently opened Gaynor Family Regional Library in Selkirk, Manitoba, with a $1.5 m donation from the Gaynor family. MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

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About Mike Deal

After freelancing for the Winnipeg Free Press for three years, starting in 1997, Mike Deal landed a part-time job as a night photodesk editor.

His first day in the new position was supposed to be September 12, 2001. But when he woke to the news of the two towers on September 11, he automatically headed into the newsroom.

For the next few years, he split his hours at the Winnipeg Free Press between photo editing and photography. In 2008, Mike was hired full-time as a photojournalist.

Mike’s training includes a journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. He also spent time at the University of Manitoba, working at the Manitoban and the U of M photo club and taking fine art courses.

Having also just finished shooting a personal project that involved taking 2,013 portraits using just his iPhone in the year 2013, he looks forward to taking the portrait project concept to another level. He will NOT be shooting 2,014 in 2014! Don't be surprised if he stops you in the street and demands a moment of your time. You have been warned!

Another personal passion of his is street photography, capturing the people of Winnipeg amongst the beautiful architecture of its downtown.

In his off-hours Mike enjoys taking photos with his iPhone, walks in Assiniboine Forest, and spending his free time with his partner Ariel and daughter Anna.

 

"I go to the street for the education of my eye and for the sustenance that the eye needs - the hungry eye, and my eye is hungry."    -Walker Evans

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