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Gary Hyland Honoured by Sask Writers Guild

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

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On October 12th the Saskatchewan Writers Guild (SWG) paid tribute to Gary Hyland (Hagios author; Hands Reaching in Water) for his many achievements by renaming its volunteer leadership award after him. A luncheon hosted by SWG president Robert Calder at the SWG's fall AGM and conference announced the renaming and presented the first Hyland Award to Ken Mitchell, a long time SWG volunteer and Regina author.

In an article that appeared in the Leader Post (Monday, Oct. 15) Susan Hogarth, SWG Executive Director said," Renaming the award is a way of honouring Gary for his activities for the guild but also for his activities in the larger sense for the community. When you look at it he has been on the founding board of seven different organizations. He epitomizes Sasaktchewan volunteerism at its best."

"I was always giving birth to things," Hyland told the Leader Post reporter, "It's nice to have something outlast your life."

In the Saskatchewan literary community Hyland was instrumental in establishing Coteau Books, The Sage Hill Writing Experience and The Festival of Words in Moose Jaw. Gary continues to volunteer for the festival in spite of being diagosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sceloris (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). He also continues to write poetry and non-fiction while combating the disease.

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