At CODE we are so fortunate to work with some incredible volunteers. One of these amazing people is Rick Wilks.
Rick transformed Canada’s literary landscape in 1976 when he co-founded Annick Press Ltd. – one of the most cutting-edge and innovative publishers of books for children and young adults.
Rick supports CODE's Reading Programs in Tanzania and Kenya where he conducts workshops with local writers and publishers - offering guidance and expertise.
In Rick’s own words:
“I have followed CODE activities for many years, motivated by my interest in development through literacy and reading. I’m convinced that a society that encourages and promotes reading, especially among its youth, will become a more socially cohesive community where citizens enjoy a higher level of achievement and are more actively involved in civil society.”
“CODE is committed to my great passion: the building of a writing and publishing culture so that nations have a strong sense of who they are. Most importantly, if a culture recognizes itself in its literature, youth are better prepared to face the challenges of finding their place in society and functioning as healthy, contributing citizens.”
Thank you, Rick, for all you do to support CODE’s work with local authors and publishers!