Boy, did we realize just how much we appreciate this event! After a 4-year hiatus, due to none other than a rare pandemic, PGB Appreciation Night was back live and in person. The recent event took place at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at Sick Kids, on May 3rd. And what an event it was!
The evening began with an informal reception to meet our Team and a select few of our stellar students from this year, to learn about their unique projects. Formal presentations followed, where we heard from former alumni who have gone on to achieve remarkable accomplishments; writing books, and spreading our message of kindness, compassion and empathy beyond anything we ever imagined. They truly are Shining Stars in every respect of the word; Alissa Roy, Ariel Weinstein and Mason Drutz. The spark that was ignited in them during their PGB experience has blown into a full force of light and energy of their own.
Our annual ‘Joey Award’, which is presented to alumni who have made an impact through their work, were Maya Kassam and Olivia Sherman. Following their PGB experience, they started their own charitable initiative to help those in need, called, ‘Share Your Smiles’.
The ‘Robins Award’, which is bestowed upon a member of our Team, who goes above and beyond was rightfully given to Penny Goodman. Penny has been a volunteer and avid supporter of our program for many years.
We heard from parents, sponsors, educators and colleagues, who all spoke about the magic that is created each week, through the PGB program and how it has sparked a ripple effect; a theme that was echoed much throughout the evening.
We also learned about new and exciting initiatives, as our program expands into the future, including the first peak at Ellen’s latest creation, her third book! This one, is a children’s story that deals which grief and was written in collaboration with Ellen’s daughter Bevvy Schwartz. It’s called, ‘Puddle Jumping’ and we can’t wait for its release.
It is a pure joy to celebrate PGB through this heartwarming event. It is a true reflection of all the hard work and effort that is put forth by our students, parents, teachers, and Team each year. And it could not be possible without the dedicated support of our incredible sponsors. So, thank you, for making Project Give Back what it is and all it can, and will be, in the years to come.