Fundraiser Brings New Services to the Family Support & Resource Centre

On June 14th, the Walking Read Gala celebrated 20 years of CWILL BC (Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia Society), raising money for the Family Support & Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital.

Partygoers, dressed as their favourite children’s book characters, enjoyed an evening of live music, a silent auction of fabulous donated items, and a photo booth, all while nibbling on treats from Truffles (VanDusen) and Riverside Palace, and sipping drinks from Parallel 49 Brewing Company and Jackson Triggs Winery.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of CWILL BC, and the huge generosity of donors, $16,335 was raised for the Family Support & Resource Centre. This gift comes at a crucial time, and will help fund new programs and services to support  education for patients, siblings and families visiting the Hospital.


First to benefit from these funds will be a new Storytime Program, beginning on September 10th. On the first Tuesday of every month, authors and illustrators from CWILL BC will read a story or two to kids and their families in the Ambulatory Care Building at BC Children’s Hospital. Author Dan Bar-el and illustrator Rae Maté will kick things off, followed on October 1st by celebrity author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, who will be stopping by as part of her Canada-wide tour.

For a list of Storytimes, visit or follow the Centre on Twitter: @FSRC_CW

Future programs in the works to support patient and family learning include an iPad loaning program.

Have an idea for a new program or service? Want to schedule a visit to see the Centre? Please contact Andrea Freeman, Library & Bookstore Coordinator at the Family Support & Resource Centre (Learning & Development Department) at 604-453-8335, ext.3 or

[article submitted by Shar Levine]

About Jacqueline Pearce

I am a writer (and occasionally, artist) living on the westcoast of Canada. I write novels, short stories and poetry for children and young adults. When I'm not at my computer, I explore the city, finding inspiration in hints of history, unexpected art, and glimpses of wild nature pushing up between the cracks. Sometimes, the resulting thoughts and haiku find there way onto my blog, "wildink."
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1 Response to Fundraiser Brings New Services to the Family Support & Resource Centre

  1. Darlene says:

    A wonderful gala and a great cause. Thanks to all Shar and the organizers!

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