Gzowski Invitational number two upcoming

  • Mar. 31, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Submitted by Being Favreau–Literacy Haida Gwaii is again hosting Haida Gwaii Peter Gzowski Invitational gold tournament next month. The theme last year was golf and this year, we are focusing on arts and culture. The two-day event is scheduled for May 23 and 24. We raised $18,000 at our first Haida Gwaii PGI which supported island-wide programs like the aboriginal library for Old Massett residents, our second aboriginal library for Haida Gwaii, Haida language resources; the Imagination Library project, a free monthly book program for under five-year-olds; one-on-one and group tutoring programs for adult dogwood, essential skills and basic computer skills upgrading; senior computer classes; lifelong learning and literacy programs for parents, service providers and communities. The PGI for Literacy was founded by radio host, author and broadcaster Peter Gzowski to raise funds for local communities addressing literacy needs. The first took place in 1986 with a commitment from the former broadcaster to someday raise $1 million across Canada. Today, with one PGI in every province and territory, generous supporters have raised more than $12 million! Join us together with thousands of Canadians who wish to make a difference in the lives of 56 percent of Canadians who struggle with reading, writing and numeracy. The economic implication of this social capital affects us all! Literacy Haida Gwaii is honoured to be chosen as one of 14 PGI sites. The Haida Gwaii PGI is our second annual fundraiser for island literacy initiatives. All the money we raise stays locally to address literacy programs for islanders. We are pleased to announce our list of celebrities this year – CBC’s Shelagh Rogers, Canadian harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens, world renowned Haida artists Robert Davidson, Reg Davidson and Ben Davidson. Shelagh Rogers is the Honorary National Chair of PGIs and will be our poet laureate this year. Musician Mike Stevens will visit schools and run a three-day after school music workshop for youth. Our local teens will get a chance to perform at our PGI Music & Poetry showcase on May 24. The special feature of our PGI is the interview with the Davidson family of artists titled “Understanding Aboriginal History through the lens of Haida Art”. Stay tuned for more information.Our PGI can only be a success when many hands work together. If you’d like to sponsor this event or make a donation of artwork or raffled prizes, we would love to hear from you. We are always in need of volunteers in preparation for our event. If you have time to help out, let us know at 559-8398 or email bfavreau@literacyhaidagwaii.ca.

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