ABQLA/CLA/SLA Holiday Fundraiser for CODE

by Megan Fitzgibbons

The annual CODE fundraiser, a highly-anticipated tradition in Montreal’s library community, has taken place for an impressive 28 years. This year’s iteration had a different sparkle at a new venue, held on December 5, 2011 at Phillips Lounge in the city’s downtown sector.

Event veterans and new attendees were treated to an engaging talk by special guest Ann Collins, CODE’s Director of Marketing and Public Engagement. Ann leads the team responsible for Fund Development, Communications, and Public Engagement, which includes CODE’s programs with Canadian schools and community groups.

CODE was founded in 1959 with the humanitarian aim of promoting literacy and education in the developing world. In several countries in Africa and the Caribbean, the organization works to empower students and teachers through books, educational training, volunteer support, and community partnerships. Visit CODE’s website or Facebook page to learn more about this excellent organization and contribute to its work.

Ann highlighted her talk about CODE’s initiatives with a rich array of photographs from countries such as Liberia, Tanzania, and Mozambique, allowing children’s and teachers’ glowing faces to demonstrate the incredible impact of education and literacy in their lives.

Since 1995, the Montreal library associations' holiday fundraiser has contributed more than $40,000 to CODE, with over $160,000 in donations raised through other organizations that match or leverage the initial contribution. Each year, the fundraiser’s donation is generously matched by Mark Galler, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) leverages the donation by a ratio of 3:1. In 2011 a total of $2,162.45 was collected at the annual fundraiser. That amount was then matched and leveraged resulting in a total donation
for CODE of $17,299.60.

The evening ended with the excitement of the famous raffle prize drawing. This year’s fantastic array of prizes ranged from books and bookstore gift certificates to a bottle of port and a fancy party dress. Thanks to the organizations and individuals who donated these prizes, as well as attendees and ticket-buyers who made the event a success.

Congratulations to the organizing committee, representing CLA, SLA and ABQLA:

1. Joanna Andrews

2. Rosemary Cochrane

3. Leticia Cuenca

4. Eamon Duffy

5. Katherine Kasirer

6. Jessica Lange

7. Isabelle Moreau

The committee also sends a special thanks to:

1. Émilie Gagnon for taking great photos

2. Graham Lavender, MC extraordinaire

3. Margaret Goldik for her excellent work with registration and accounting

4. Librairie Paragraphe for supporting the event and treating attendees to its wares