Adult Literacy Supporters Set to Tee-up 2009 Peter Gzowski Invitationals

    Largest national literacy fundraiser across every province and territory
    kicks off next week in Nunavut

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and lead event
sponsor Great West Life, London Life and Canada Life are pleased to announce
that the Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI) Golf Tournaments for Literacy, a
national fundraiser to raise money for local literacy organizations and adult
learners in Canada, will kick off its 24th season on April 29 in Pond Inlet,
Nunavut and roll out across the country through to the end of September.
    The annual event, which takes place in every province and territory in
Canada, raises much-needed resources for thousands of adult learners. The
support provides adult learners with access to opportunities that increase
their literacy skills and prepare them to realize their full potential at
work, at home and in the community. The PGIs were founded in 1986 by the late
Canadian broadcaster and journalist Peter Gzowski, who dedicated much of his
time and efforts to the literacy cause. The PGIs have raised more than 10
million dollars (net) to support literacy initiatives in the provinces and
territories where the tournaments are held, making it the largest national
literacy fundraiser in Canada.
    "The PGIs have continued to be the leading fundraiser for community-based
volunteer literacy programs for 24 years because they do more than raise
dollars for the cause," says Jenny Marcus, PGI National Director. "The PGIs
are an expression of the importance of literacy by communities as well as
national organizations - a way for them to demonstrate the vital role that
literacy plays both locally and Canada-wide."
    Each tournament is organized by a dedicated group of local volunteers and
reflects the unique spirit of the provinces and territories in which they are
hosted. PGI Nunavut will play golf in the ice and snow, on a course specially
created for the tournament. The PGIs present great fun, food and entertainment
for its golfers, who all hit the links in support of the literacy cause.
    "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,"
says Peter Mansbridge, CBC News Chief Correspondent, Anchor of The National
and National Spokesperson for the PGIs. "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 help hugely in delivering that gift."
    To find out how to participate in or support the tournaments, please
visit The 2009 launch of the PGIs begins in Nunavut with
special guest musicians Russell deCarle, Barney Bentall, Connie Kaldor, Mike
Stevens and Kendel Carson, as well as Denise Donlon and Shelagh Rogers of CBC.

    Tournament dates are as follows:

    Pond Inlet, NU - April 29 - May 1, 2009

    Ottawa, ON - May 28, 2009

    Whitehorse, YK - June 5 & 6, 2009

    Stouffville, ON - June 9, 2009

    St. John's, NL - June 11 & 12, 2009

    Victoria, BC - June 17, 2009

    Stanley Bridge, PEI - June 17 & 18, 2009

    Winnipeg, MB - June 22, 2009

    Halifax, NS - June 24 & 25, 2009

    Vancouver, BC - July 7, 2009

    Moncton, NB - August 19 & 20, 2009

    Saskatoon, SK - September 18, 2009

    Calgary, AB - September 24 & 25, 2009

    Laval, QC - To be announced for 2009

    About ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation

    ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is Canada's private-sector voice
championing adult literacy. The national charity envisions a Canada where
individuals, regardless of their circumstances, are provided the opportunities
to increase the skills that prepare people for realizing their full potential
at work, at home and in the community. To learn more, visit

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Manager, Phone: (416) 218-0010 x 122, email:; Ashley
Tilley, Communications Coordinator, Phone: (416) 218-0010 x 127, email:

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