About Us

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

Organizing and programming the PGI National Forum

Ensuring each event operates within appropriate PGI guidelines

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

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, 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.