Ottawa (April 1, 2014) — Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) is pleased to support the Odawa Native Friendship Centre to improve literacy within the aboriginal community. Yesterday, BLG presented the Odawa Native Friendship Centre with a $2,800 cheque to support their child literacy program. In addition to representatives from the Odawa Friendship Centre, 15 Chiefs visiting Ottawa from the Meadow Lake Tribal Council of Saskatchewan participated in the presentation ceremony.

“My colleagues and I are delighted about working with various members of the aboriginal community through the Odawa Native Friendship Centre,” says Cynthia Westaway, lawyer in the Ottawa Commercial Litigation Group and member of BLG Reads to Kids Committee. “Children’s literacy has been a hallmark of BLG’s community efforts, and we feel fortunate to be collaborating with aboriginal community leaders in their efforts to improve literacy for their community.”

In Ottawa and Waterloo, the funds raised by BLG will be used to purchase books and computers that support indigenous culture and language. The Aboriginal Literacy Project benefitted from two fundraising initiatives. BLG staff and professionals participated in a reading bear fundraising drive. The firm also collaborated with aboriginal artists whose artwork was sold in support of the Aboriginal Literacy Project.

“We are grateful for the support and contributions we receive from our partners at BLG,” states Morgan Hare, Executive Director of the Odawa Native Friendship Centre. “These funds will help us continue our efforts with the Eastern Ontario Aboriginal Youth program.”

About BLG Reads to Kids

Launched in September 2003, BLG Reads to Kids supports children’s literacy programs across the country. The firm-wide initiative has more than 300 professionals and employees reading during the school year. BLG staff and professionals read and volunteer at schools, located in economically disadvantaged communities in the cities in which BLG is located. Since inception, BLG Reads to Kids has donated more than $550,000 and countless volunteer hours in classrooms across the country. In 2013, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the BLG Reads to Kids Program, BLG established a national aboriginal literacy project.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

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