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Homage to the Sierra Club of BC Shortlisted for the George Ryga Award

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 at 12:30pm


The George Ryga award for social awareness shortlist has been announced, and Diane Pinch’s non-fiction homage to the Sierra Club of BC, Passion and Persistence: Fifty Years of the Sierra Club in British Columbia, has been named as a finalist. Initiated by The George Ryga Society, B.C. BookWorld, CBC Radio (Kelowna) and Okanagan College in 2004, the annual Ryga Award is given to a B.C. writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness in their book. The winner, who will receive $2500, will be celebrated at a ceremony at the Vancouver Public Library on June 25, 2020.

Passion and Persistence provides a captivating overview of the lasting impact the Sierra Club of BC has had in all of Canada. Replete with first-hand accounts, maps and photos, this book is a heartfelt in-depth look at environmentalism in Western Canada through the years, from the perspective of one of the most influential groups in operation. Diane Pinch evokes the Sierra Club’s philosophy of “passion and persistence” while gracefully presenting this important local history of political activism.

Diane Pinch is a retired psychologist and long-time volunteer with Sierra Club BC. She has spent the last five years digging through the archives and interviewing colourful and charismatic Sierra Club BC members to put together a faithful narration of the challenges and successes the club has faced over the last fifty years. She writes, “I am thrilled and honoured to be shortlisted for this award. My hope is that by documenting what BC environmentalists have accomplished over the past fifty years that others, especially our youth, will be inspired to continue the battle to protect our special planet with passion and persistence. Being one of the finalists helps to validate the relevance of this book.” She lives in Victoria, BC.