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Maureen's Bio

Maureen Haddock was born in Manitoba, moving, with her parents, to Saskatchewan in the early 1960s. She received her Bachelor of Education, from the University of Saskatchewan, in 1970, and married Gordon Haddock, her childhood sweetheart, the same year. While teaching for Saskatoon Public Schools, Maureen became the itinerant teacher of the blind and visually limited, taking special education classes in East Lansing, Michigan. 

By the mid-seventies, Maureen had joined her entrepreneurial husband in developing many businesses. Maureen’s Education degree enabled her to fulfill the training and communication needs in their many companies, which ranged from retail to entertainment, both local and national in scope.   

Maureen credits her volunteer experiences with broadening her earlier understanding of business. She served on the board of the Rosetown Library, Museum, and Art Centre, co-founded the Rosetown Writers Group, reviewed books for the local paper, and published an annual anthology. After moving to Kindersley, Maureen joined the Arts Council and Museum board, eventually taking a position on the board of directors for the Museums Association of Saskatchewan. In 1997, some years after leaving the provincial board, she received an Honorary Life Membership Award for designing a networking plan, which contributed to the excellence of Saskatchewan museums. 

Since 2003, Maureen has pursued her passion for writing. Her third book, published in June of 2016, is titled With Love, From Iraq and remained on the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Booksellers for 18 consecutive weeks and often over the following two years. She started her blog, From the Cookie Jar, in 2013, and seven years later, she began writing Glamour for Grandmothers, where she writes about family, food, fashion and fun, all with a vintage spin. She began writing a food column for Prairies North magazine called "Eats and Treats" in 2018.  In the fall of  2020, Maureen wrote the first installment of "Maureen's Kitchen" for Saskatoon Homes magazine. 

Maureen and her husband have always valued time spent with older business people, learning from their stories and experiences. While still active in business, the Haddocks also share time and money with younger people who have interests similar to their own. The Haddocks give scholarships, mentor, and enjoy sponsoring the annual Haddock Entrepreneurial Speaker Series at the Edwards School of Business. In 2018 the Get a Bigger Wagon Young Entrepreneur Awards were launched, and this initiative continues to expand. They are also involved with a literacy program for kids called Roadways Literacy Studio. 

Maureen enjoys the entrepreneurial life she shares with her husband. There is excitement with each new venture. Retirement seems unlikely and unattractive. 

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