PGI Canada: PGI Canada is the national body that oversees and coordinates the efforts of PGI events across Canada. PGI Canada is currently operated by a national director, an independent financial manager and a national advisory committee (PGI Canada Committee). PGI Canada manages all national elements of the PGI events, Including:
- Overseeing national communications, branding and marketing initiatives
- Ensuring each event operates within appropriate PGI guidelines
- Organizing and programming the PGI National Forum
- Recruiting and stewarding celebrity hosts and/or performers
- Providing expertise, advice and ongoing support to PGI local organizing committees
- Soliciting and stewarding national sponsors, national contributors and learner champions
- Creating national funding proposals as required
PGI Canada Committee: The PGI Canada Committee consists of a maximum of five volunteer representatives. The PGI Canada Committee is a volunteer board committee of the Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy and also includes the Director, PGI Canada. Current members are:
- Sheryl Harrow, Saskatchewan (Chair)
- Norm Finlayson, Prince Edward Island
- Paul Lahey, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Sandi Kiverago, Ontario
- Jenny Marcus, National Director, PGI Canada (ex-officio)
Local Organizing Committees: Each PGI has a local organizing committee made up of community volunteers and literacy organization staff. The PGIs report through PGI Canada.
Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy: PGFL provides oversight to PGI Canada to ensure the continued success of the PGIs across the country. The PGFL also:
- Has legal and financial responsibility for PGI Canada
- Authorizes the preparation of annual audited financial statements for PGI Canada
View the PGI Canada Photo Slideshow.
In my association with the PGIs, I have come to understand some of the many reasons why a person has low literacy skills – including learning challenges that undermined self-confidence, difficult childhood circumstances or perhaps economic pressures that short-circuited educational opportunities. Every adult learner I have met expresses so much gratitude to their tutor for imparting the gift of literacy. By participating in a PGI event, you are helping to deliver that gift.
– Peter Mansbridge, Anchor of CBC-TV’s The National and National Spokesperson for the PGIs.
Shelagh Rogers, Honourary PGI National Chair
“Across this vast country the PGIs have become a ribbon of hope that links a network of unsung heroes – volunteer literacy tutors. Their work is instrumental to the effort by adults who struggle with reading and writing. It is a noble cause indeed, and I applaud and support each and every learner and tutor.”
– Shelagh Rogers O.C., Host of CBC’s The Next Chapter and Honourary PGI National Chair
PGI Outcomes and Use of Funds
$340,645 net dollars were raised by the PGIs in 2016. These funds were allocated to local literacy programs, services and activities, as follows: