A new era will soon begin for Child Find Saskatchewan.
The women who has spent 32 years as a volunteer with the organization, most as President is retireing.
Phyllis Hallatt started as a bookkeeper before moving up to national treasurer and then assumed the presidency when her predecessor retired.
Hallat says it was easy to get caught up in the cases of missing children.
She is credited with developing and delivering numerous programs and support services for the families of missing children.
Hallatt says all they had in 1984 was a fax machine and typewriter and getting the pictures of missing kids to authorities was an arduous task involving processing and the mail. Now it takes about a half-hour.
She gets great satisfaction from the successful recovery of children missing for many years. Jonah Kent was the Saskatchewan boy found 17-and-a-half years after being abducted by his father.
Hallett says the organization needs more volunteers and advocates in addition to secure funding.
Her work has been recognized by Prime Ministers and the Queen.
Hallett was also named a YMCA Woman of Distinction in 2014 and was Saskatoon’s 2017 Citizen of the Year.