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Join us for an intimate evening of storytelling with ROY HENRY VICKERS. Bid on two of his limited edition prints in our online silent auction!

Date: April 12, 2023
Time: 6:45 to 9pm
Location: Nanaimo Golf Club
2800 Highland Blvd, Nanaimo

This is a mature audience event, and will include time to mingle, appetizers, non alcoholic drinks and a cash bar.

This evening is sure to be very special. Tickets are limited.

Canadian artist ROY HENRY VICKERS is best known for his limited edition prints. He is also a world-renowned painter, carver, sought-after keynote speaker, and the author/illustrator of many books including his best-selling and award-winning children’s books.  We are honored and humbled by Roy’s generous involvement with Roots to Read which speaks to his advocacy around the importance of story telling for the emotional, social, and literacy development of our next generation.

This is a mature audience event, and will include time to mingle, appetizers, non alcoholic drinks and a cash bar.



Roots to Read is a program which will promote and support emergent literacy, crucial to health and development, for every newborn at NRGH.

Roots to Read Objectives

  • To provide resources to families while in hospital that will:
    • Promote and support an understanding of the importance and benefit of early childhood literacy
    • Promote parental reading, speaking and singing as well as “serve and return” interactions with their newborns.
    • Assist in sustaining literacy activities that are interactive, reciprocal, shared and connected to a family’s culture
    • Provide examples of reading materials appropriate to the child/family
    • Link the family and child to literacy programs in the community and public library
  • To achieve funding for ongoing support of the program via directed donations to the Roots to Read program via the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation
  • To ensure ongoing program evaluation and modification to ensure the objectives are met.

What is the Roots to Read program?

  • Established in March 2022, this program is being implemented by perinatal staff as part of caregiver teaching (target start date June 2022).
  • Provision of Roots to Read book bag to every newborn at NRGH that will include:
    • 2 carefully curated new books that encourage “serve and return” interactions between caregiver and newborn
    • Early Words educational cards for simple quick caregiver reference (Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, printed and used with permission)
    • One page Tips for Parents with Babies flyer (Reading Rockets, used with permission)
    • Information about local library access (VIRL to supply)
  • The Roots to Read program is fully dependent on donations.

To make donations to the Roots to Read program through the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation please use the form below. 100% of all donations will go directly to fund the program.