Don Oravec, President of the Board

Don Oravec, President of the Board

Why does it come as a shock each year when autumn arrives? With my advancing years comes the understanding that time does seem to pass more quickly.  

With the cooler temperatures comes a plethora of activities in the writing world. It is literary prize season in Canada with the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Writers’ Trust Awards, and of course the Scotiabank Giller Prize being announced and presented. It is also the season for book launches across Canada and I attend as many of these events as I am able. I love meeting the authors and buying their new books and of course reading them with an eye to location and setting — you never know when you will stumble on the perfect paragraph that can be immortalised on a Project Bookmark Canada plaque.

Another annual fall event, Word On The Street will this year include a booth promoting Project Bookmark Canada at the Toronto event. Please stop by and say hello if you are planning to attend. The date is Sunday, September 24th at Harbourfront.

September also brings the first 2017 Project Bookmark plaque installation and unveiling in Kingston. We continue to fundraise aggressively to complete the funding for this Bookmark.

Over the course of this past summer I worked on a planning document for Project Bookmark Canada. This will provide a blueprint for the coming eighteen months for the organisation.  In the course of creating this document I consulted with a number of people in the writing and publishing community and I extend my most sincere thanks to them for talking to me at length this summer about Project Bookmark Canada.

As the organisation continues to grow we are encouraged by the many offers of financial support we receive. Project Bookmark Canada is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organisation and survives and grows thanks to donations from people across Canada. Please consider joining us in supporting this amazing organisation. You will be enabling Project Bookmark Canada to grow the number of plaques currently in place from sea to sea to sea and reach every province and territory in the process.

Don Oravec
President of the Board, Project Bookmark Canada