The Friends of Walter Gage are pleased to announce that over 500 books have been sold!
On Jan 18 Butch Braidwood and Gary Wong attended the “Old Red New Red” event hosted by the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. With the help of the Engineering Undergraduate Society, 28 copies were put into the hands of alumni members. Many were on campus with Dean Gage and fondly remember his acts of kindness and generosity. And, of course, his incredible memory.
Our goal remains the same: Put as many books into the hands of readers so that they can learn from an amazing man the value of “paying it forward”.
We haven’t been sitting still since the book launch. Jim McEwen and Connor Jameson have been working with Amazon.ca to offer the book online. We learned about the importance of favourable customer reviews. High ratings can boost a book into Amazon’s Top-rated category thus yielding more visibility to potential buyers. It’s a simple way you can help raise awareness – click here to add your comments.
The Age of Gage book can also be purchased at the UBC Bookstore. Butch and Tammy Brimner met with Michael Roth to establish the flow of books to the local outlet. The Bookstore was also very supportive during that great time of year, UBC Convocation.
Michael Davies had planned to place our large Walter Gage poster on a easel on the grad plaza next to the Bookstore’s booth and truck. However, the Bookstore folks suggested that it could be prominently displayed behind their counter where they sold regalia and frames to the new grads. The change meant that we didn’t need to worry about a gust of wind sending the poster flying off the easel. It could also stay there overnight when they closed up the UBC bookstore exhibit. Awesome!
Thanks to Bill Chyplyk (APSc 1970), we now have a strong connection with the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna. The book is now proudly on display at UBCO’s bookstore. Through his efforts the Friends of Walter Gage will be able to gift books to Engineering and School of Business Management student award winners.
Beside private purchases, book readership is being expanded through the public library system and high school libraries. We’re also working on putting copies into the hands of outstanding high school grads as scholarship book prizes, once again suggesting that each consider ‘paying it forward’ as described in the book.
We are continually looking for opportunities to promote awareness and keeping the legacy of Walter Gage alive and well. For example, the poster found its way to the 2018 UBC Applied Science Celebration held on April 12. If you have an upcoming event in the Lower Mainland and would like the Friends of Walter Gage to make a presentation, please let us know (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). We’d be happy to attend.