Yukon’s Mining and Exploration Industry raises $24,500 for Yukon Imagination Library
Whitehorse, Yukon – The Yukon Chamber of Mines’ annual auction raised $24,500 for the Yukon Imagination Library (YIL) at the 44th Annual Geoscience Forum Banquet. This is the highest amount ever raised by the mining and exploration industry since this fundraiser for YIL started in 2011.
Yukon Chamber of Mines President’s Mike Burke was this year’s live auctioneer. “I have had many opportunities to engage with industry during my career but none was as fulfilling as playing the role of auctioneer – a first for me – and to see the enthusiasm of the industry in supporting this territory-wide family literacy initiative,” said Burke.
The lively auction was conducted before a packed crowd at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre. Live auction items for bidding included an original painting of the historic Keno Hill 700 mine site and an original painting by Champagne and Aishihik First Nations’ artist Arthur Joe, travel packages to Watson Lake, Dawson, Carcross, and Vancouver and gold from third generation placer miner Justin Millar. Air North, Alkan Air, Pelly Construction, Budget Whitehorse, Victoria Gold, CIBC Wood Gundy, the Yukon Chamber of Mines and artist Jeff Wilson donated the live auction items.
The Northern Safety Network Yukon (NSNY) organized and coordinated the silent auction portion for a fifth year in a row. “Each year we are a witness to the generosity of our local artisans, of service providers and construction companies joining forces with the mining and exploration industry and we are very proud to contribute to the success of the Yukon Imagination Library,” said Sheila Sergy, the NSNY Executive Director.
“The support we receive from YCM and NSNY makes this event possible,” said Claire Derome, Yukon Imagination Library (YIL) chair. “The funds that industry contributes make all the difference to our volunteer-run organization and to increased awareness for the program. With almost 70 per cent of Yukon’s pre-school children enrolled in the program and the 17,000 free books we will distribute this year, we could not do it without the support of the Yukon Chamber of Mines and of all of our sponsors and volunteers.”
To learn more about the Yukon Imagination Library, make a donation or register your little loved one for this free program, please visit yukonimaginationlibrary.ca or our Facebook page.
About the Yukon Imagination Library:
- The Yukon Imagination Library was launched in rural Yukon in 2007 and expanded to Whitehorse in 2009 by the Rendezvous Rotary Club of Whitehorse.
- The recently established Yukon Reads Society, a volunteer-run non-profit society now manages this territory-wide initiative with donations, fundraisers and sponsorships providing the funding for the activities of the program.
- Our partner, the Yukon Literacy Coalition supports the Yukon Imagination Library through programming offered at the Family Literacy Centre located at the Canada Game Centre in Whitehorse.
- The Yukon Imagination Library is affiliated to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The Imagination Library was created by country music legend Dolly Parton and is available in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.
- The Yukon Imagination Library is a FREE territory-wide family literacy initiative that provides one book every month to enrolled Yukon children from their birth to the age of five.
- In 2016 the Yukon Imagination Library will distribute approximately 17,000 free books to Yukon children. Currently, over 1,400 children are enrolled and more than one thousand have graduated since the program inception.
- To register a child to the Yukon Imagination Library or to learn more, visit www.yukonimaginationlibrary.ca or https://www.facebook.com/yukonimaginationlibrary
About the Yukon Chamber of Mines:
- The Yukon Chamber of Mines represents a dynamic membership and since its creation almost 70 years ago, has worked to serve its valued members and advance the interests of all those involved in the Yukon mining industry.
- Membership has burgeoned over the years from a dozen founding members in 1943 to more than 400 today. This strong and diverse group includes exploration, mining and service and supply companies, contractors and individuals that have a direct or indirect interest in the mining industry.
- As the trusted voice of mining, the Yukon Chamber of Mines thrives on the government, community, First Nation and individual partnerships it forges to help facilitate an environment of responsible development – one in which its members can continue to contribute and prosper.
- In 2015, the Yukon Chamber of Mines launched the “Our Yukon, In it Together” campaign to help Yukoners better understand the significant social and economic contributions our territory’s mining industry provides Yukon residents and communities. Learn more about the Yukon Chamber of Mines at www.yukonminers.ca and about Our Yukon, In it Together at www.ouryukon.ca or https://www.facebook.com/OurYukon/