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Gary Hyland (1940-2011)

Gary Hyland, well-known Canadian poet, long-time SWG member, and founder of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, died Tuesday, April 5th after a long struggle with ALS. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Church of Our Lady, 566 Vaughn Street, Moose Jaw on Friday, April 8th.  As funeral details have not yet been finalized, you can refer on Wednesday to W.J. Jones website which is or on Thursday to the Moose Jaw Times Herald or the Regina Leader Post for the time of the funeral.

The Gary Hyland Endowment Fund

The Gary Hyland Endowment Fund, a joint project of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild and the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, has been developed with Gary and has two purposes.

First, it will provide funding for the Gary Hyland Literary Endowment, which will annually award a grant to a Saskatchewan writer over the age of nineteen who shows promise but has not yet published a book. Similar to Saskatchewan Arts Board or Canada Council grants, the funds from this award will be used to enable the writer to develop his/her craft through such means as writing schools and workshops or to further his/her career through support of  a particular writing project. The Literary Endowment will be administered by the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild.

The second purpose of the Fund is to provide assistance to others afflicted with ALS by providing expensive respiratory and other equipment which will help those with ALS to remain active and productive for a much longer time that many now do.  

Contributions to the Gary Hyland Endowment Fund can designate what proportion of their donation should go to either of these projects (all of the funds can be directed to one or the other, or they can be divided as contributors wish). If no designation is made, the funds will be divided equally between the tow projects. Donors can use the form in the brochure (available through SWG office), and those who contribute more than $20.00 will receive a charitable donation receipt.

We hope that you will consider giving generously to the Gary Hyland Endowment Fund, just as Gary has given so generously of himself to so many others.

For information contact:

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation
#2 - 2700 Montague Street
Regina, SK  S4S 0J9

Phone: 306-751-4656
Fax: 306-751-4568


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