What is Get Lit?
Get Lit is a not-for-profit organization that hosts its signature annual event in Toronto to raise funds for First Book Canada.
Why did we create Get Lit?
Words have the power to change lives. Nowhere is that more apparent than on the Get Lit podium. Once a year, Get Lit’s roster of notable speakers share passages from one of their favourite literary works. Although authors are often featured, we invite successful and inspiring Canadians of all professions to share their excerpts with hundreds of enthusiastic attendees of all ages. To date, our reader line-up has included architects, opera singers, musicians, doctors, artists and chefs. Each tells the story of one book that inspired them, altered their perspective or impacted their lives. We meet, mingle, share our stories and help First Book Canada deliver over 100,000 books each year.
Why should I attend?
It’s an extraordinary evening, full of surprises and moving, funny and heartfelt stories. Unlike any other event in the calendar, it draws together diverse readers who share their own passion for the printed word and engage the audience with their personal journeys of self-discovery through literature.
And did we mention great food, great wine and great conversation in a fun and energetic setting? Bring your family, friends, colleagues and clients. Our guests and sponsors return year after year because it’s an amazing night for an important cause.
WHAT IS FIRST BOOK CANADA?
First Book Canada is a charity committed to providing free new books and educational resources to schools and community-based programs serving across the country.
WHY DOES GET LIT RAISE $ FOR FBC?
Because the majority of low-income families in this country do not have a single book to share with their children. First Book Canada is working hard to change that. It puts new books into the hands of children who need them most.
And the need is great: literacy is critical in determining whether a child will finish school, the work they do and even their health. In some of Canada’s most underfunded communities, there is only one book for every 100 children.
WHY SHOULD I SPONSOR?
First Book Canada knows that literacy is critical to a child’s success. In fact, children and adults with low literacy skills must also endure poor educational, employment and health outlooks. Reliable access to high-quality books can help break that cycle, but most children from low-income families do not have access to those crucial resources. To fill that gap, First Book Canada donates books and other educational materials – more than 4.5 million so far – to the schools and community-based programs that serve those families most in need.
FOOD & DRINK
Michael MacMillan, Chair
CEO, Blue Ant Media
Co-Founder and Chairman, Samara
Alison Smith, Vice Chair
Dave Bidini, Author & Musician
Rick Blickstead, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association
Raja G. Khouri, President, Canadian Arab Institute
Charles Lesaux, Director, RBC Capital Markets
Lori Livingstone, Portfolio Manager, Livingstone Wealth Management Group
Lisa Lyons, President, Kids Can Press, a Corus Entertainment company
Chris McLellan, Head of Launch Marketing, VarageSale
Bob Ramsay, First Book Liaison
Joanna Louise Gray, Fundraising Consultant
Sarah Bugeja, Committee Chair
Celine DuPuis, Sponsorship
Margaret Eastwood, Co-Treasurer
Natasha Ferraro, Communications and Events
Lisa Holland, Event Planning
Stephanie Holland, Co-Treasurer
Katharine Howard, Art Director
Sarah Kidd, Marketing
Maggie Screaton, Content Writer
Morgan Watkins, Sponsorship
Romina Tina Fontana,
Founder & Executive Director