The 2022 Writers in the Community Pyramid Campaign is On!
Remember the hunting
Know a friend
Remember the lake the fish and seal
All is love
Remember your pack of wolves
To give you food
Remember the speed
Listen to their howl
Remember your family
Remember you are Inuk
Participant in Writers in the Community, Fall 2021
We had ambitious plans for our Writers in the Community program in 2021. Even though several of our partners had to cancel their sessions due to Zoom overload, those projects that went ahead were clearly rewarding for the participants.
We completed 11 projects, each involving 10 weekly sessions. All of the spring workshops were online, but by the fall we were able to go into the venues, and only one of the projects had to run virtually. In all, we reached 104 young people, most of whom were hungry for a new and exciting activity. The work they produced was stellar, and, in an exciting development, one enterprising facilitator was able to obtain a fabulous blurb from Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq for the zine her group of girls prepared!
Many of the young writers we work with have been detained under the Youth Protection Act or the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Others are single teenage mothers without strong support from their families. There are kids with learning disabilities who haven’t flourished in regular schools, and youngsters with psychiatric disorders who can’t live at home on a regular basis. The workshops that our writers design give them an opportunity for self-expression and confidence-building while improving the literacy skills so essential for success in life.
Just wanted to say I worked last night and all the girls expressed how much they are enjoying the program! They spent quite a bit of time teaching me “blackout poetry.” Great job and a huge THANK YOU!
– Program manager of one of the Montreal group homes
I don’t know exactly what it is about the “collective writing” exercise that we did together, but it seems to magically tap into some sort of deep universal wellspring (as these were some of the most powerful lines of poetry that I’ve ever read).
– Emily Tristan Jones, WIC Writer/Facilitator, 2021
Almost none of our partners are able to make a financial contribution to the program. We raise most of the money we need from foundations and public funders, but it’s not enough. Fortunately, the QWF community has been extraordinarily generous since we launched our first Pyramid campaign in 2011; each year our members have contributed a significant proportion of the funds that help us to finance the Writers in the Community workshops. Last year, in spite of the pandemic and with the special help of a family foundation that requested anonymity, we raised over $20,000. That will remain our goal for 2022.
Here’s one way we can do it:
- 40 “I want to help” donations of $30
- 52 “I’m doing okay!” donations of $50
- 42 “I make a living as a writer!” donations of $100
- 20 “I have a grown-up job!” donations of $500
- 2 “Angel” donations of $1000
So… where do you fit in?
Two ways to give
To make an online donation, click here. Please be sure to choose “Writers in the Community Program” from the drop-down menu. You’ll get a tax receipt directly from CanadaHelps (but they’ll take a small percentage).
If you want QWF to get every cent of your contribution, you can mail us a cheque made out to “QWF” with WIC 2022 written on the memo line. Be sure to include your email address so we can send you your tax receipt.
You can also consider pledging a fixed monthly amount for four months (or longer!)—the online CanadaHelps tool makes that easy, or you can mail in postdated cheques to QWF in one letter.
Whichever way you donate, do let us know how you’d like your name to appear when we acknowledge your gift.
The campaign begins immediately and closes on April 15, 2022.
The Writers in the Community program has a powerful impact on young lives. Please join us and help make a difference in the lives of kids from our community.
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