Haida Gwaii PGI
2015 Haida Gwaii PGI from May 29 to 31. Click here for more updates!
The PGI Golf Tournament for Literacy was founded by the late renowned CBC radio host, author and broadcaster Peter Gzowski to raise funds for literacy. The first Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy took place in 1986 with a commitment from the former broadcaster to someday raise $1 million across Canada for literacy programs. Today, with one PGI in every province and territory, generous supporters have raised more than $13.5 million! Join us TODAY 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!
Peter Gzowski, PGI founder
The PGIs bring together so much that matters to me: friends, laughter, poetry, music – all playing to make a better world. Thanks to the thousands of golfers, corporate sponsors and hard -working volunteers, the PGOs have become a network that stretches from sea to sea to sea. We’ve raised millions of dollars to help people to learn and read and write or just make their lives a little better. And we are going to keep on doing it.
Peter Gzowski, writer, broadcaster, philanthropist. 1932-2002
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Peter Mansbridge, PGI National Spokesperson
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, Honorary 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 Honorary PGI National Chair
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About Haida Gwaii PGI
The Haida Gwaii PGI is our annual fundraiser for island literacy initiatives. All the money we raise stays in Haida Gwaii to address literacy programs for islanders. Literacy Haida Gwaii is a non-profit organization whose services are extended to all learners on the entire island of over 4,000 people – children, adolescents, adults and families. Literacy on Haida Gwaii means listening to and recording Elders’ stories, developing new job skills for islanders, learning the traditional language, filling out a health claim form, singing at a feast, and supporting adult learners who have decided to go back to school for their GED, high school credits or learn a trade.
The funds support the following programs on our islands:
Books for Old Massett and Skidegate Aboriginal Libraries.
Free one-on-one and group tutoring programs for adults and youth.
Essential skills and basic computer skills upgrading.
Free senior computer classes.
Community lifelong learning and literacy programs.
Imagination Library, a free monthly book program for Haida Gwaii children under 5 year olds.