The sun was shining on the annual Raise-a-Reader Day as several Vancouver Canucks, past and present, hit the streets of downtown Vancouver to raise money for family literacy in British Columbia.
The Canucks had terrific representation on the streets hawking newspapers at dawn. Assistant General Manager Steve Tambellini, Assistant Coach Rick Bowness, Trevor Linden, Marc Chouinard, Willie Mitchell, Matt Cooke, Fin, and Canucks alumni Jyrki Lumme, Dennis Kearns, and Kirk McLean all hawked special editions of the Vancouver Sun in exchange for a donation to the Raise-a-Reader campaign. As the morning concluded, Dave Nonis thanked all the Raise-a-Reader volunteers and VIPs over a warm breakfast at the Pan Pacific Hotel.
Nearly one million dollars was raised during this year's Raise-a-Reader Day which goes towards providing financial assistance and resources to family literacy programs in local BC communities, such as the Canucks Family Education Centre located at Britannia Community Centre. The Vancouver Canucks and the Canucks for Kids Fund have committed over $225,000 to CFEC to positively impact low literacy levels on Vancouver's east side by providing a co-ordinated, comprehensive, integrated services approach to family literacy and lifelong learning. The Centre delivers four targeted programs serving over 500 children and 1,000 families with 12 staff and over 20 volunteers to seven elementary school literacy centres.
Other luminary Raise-a-Reader beneficiaries include Literacy BC, the Vancouver Public Library Foundation, hundreds civic and school libraries throughout the Province, and many more family literacy programs throughout British Columbia.
Raise-a-Reader takes place in 18 cities across Canada and raises awareness and money for family literacy initiatives throughout British Columbia. On Raise-a-Reader Day, high profile members of the community including Vancouver Canuck players and alumni, firefighters, police officers, Global TV and CH personalities along with editorial teams of the CanWest metropolitan newspapers join other local celebrities, sponsors, volunteers, and beneficiaries on downtown street corners in an effort to exchange special Raise-a-Reader Day edition newspapers for donations to Raise-a-Reader.