Local literary luminaries celebrate The Scotiabank Giller Prize at fundraising event



    
    The annual Scotiabank Giller Light Bash, in support of Frontier College
    takes place on November 11th
    

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - On November 11th, literary luminaries and book
lovers in Winnipeg will celebrate Canadian literature and support Canadian
literacy at the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash. The fourth annual bash at Grant
Park Restaurant is held in support of Frontier College, Canada's original
literacy organization.
    The evening will feature a special reading by David Stubel and
appearances by local literary luminaries including Dr. Michael O'Sullivan,
Daria Salamon, Kay Stone and Joan Thomas, who will each advocate for one of
the books on the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist. Over 115 guests will watch
the Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala live from Toronto and enjoy a four course
tasting menu of hors d'oeuvres and desserts prepared by executive chef, Gord
Harris.
    "Through the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Giller Light event, we are
very proud to support literature and literacy in our communities," said Rick
Waugh, Scotiabank President and CEO. "The Scotiabank Giller Prize has a
significant and positive impact on Canadian literature by encouraging and
promoting the wonderful work of Canadian authors and through association with
Frontier College we are able to support the fundamental need for literacy in
our communities."
    Through a network of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College has helped
millions of Canadians improve their literacy skills since 1899. Frontier
College also partners with corporate citizens such as Scotiabank to raise
funds to provide critical literacy training. Since 2002, this leading literary
event has raised over $100,000 for Frontier College's literacy programs.
    "Events such as the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash help raise awareness and
provide funding for an issue that touches millions of Canadians," says Sherry
Campbell, President, Frontier College. "Research shows that over 40 per cent
of adult Canadians have trouble with everyday tasks that involve reading and
this number is expected to grow. Low literacy is a national problem."
    Tickets for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Light Bash in Winnipeg are
available at Grant Park Restaurant, 204-975-2659. All proceeds from this event
support Frontier College and provide essential literacy programs for children,
youth and adults across the country.

    
    Event Details

    6:00 p.m.
    Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery inside McNally Robinson Booksellers,
    Grant Park Shopping Centre
    1120 Grant Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB
    

    About Scotiabank

    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally
and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2007 the Bank provided more than $43 million in sponsorships
and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas
of healthcare, education and social services and arts and culture. Please
visit us at www.scotiabank.com

    About Frontier College

    Literacy is an essential skill in today's world. At Frontier College, we
believe it's a fundamental right. Low literacy skills are directly linked to
poverty, poor health and high unemployment. Over forty percent of adult
Canadians have trouble with everyday tasks that involve reading. That's
millions of Canadians who are not reaching their potential. Through a network
of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College is helping people to realize
their potential and seize the opportunities that come their way. For more
information visit www.frontiercollege.ca





For further information:

For further information: Meredith Roberts, Frontier College Foundation,
(416) 923-3591 ext. 335, mroberts@frontiercollege.ca; Livy Feldgajer,
Scotiabank Public Affairs, (416) 866-6203, Livy_feldgajer@scotiacapital.com

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