Message from the Chairperson

Welcome to our annual GI Society Golf Marathon! I look forward to seeing everyone on the Ridge course at Northview Golf and Country Club on Saturday Oct 5th, 2013.

We had an amazing time at last year’s Marathon, where we raised $31,000. This year, let’s work together to make the annual Golf Marathon a $100,000 event!

I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who supports this event – we couldn’t do it without the help of our donors, golfers, volunteers, and sponsors.

When you ask for donations to support your participation in the Golf Marathon, you not only raise money to help the GI Society continue providing evidence-based knowledge transfer material, but you also help increase awareness of GI and liver conditions. Quite often, when I ask my colleagues, friends, and family members to make tax-deductible donations, they tell me how they have been affected personally by a digestive disease or disorder and thank me for informing them of the GI Society and the great resources offered on

Since we created this exciting event in 1999, we have grown the Golf Marathon into an annual bash that raises essential funds for the GI Society and that our participants and sponsors look forward to year after year. We are thrilled to see the number of golfers participating again this year — and bringing their friends! Thank you for helping us grow this event and take it to the next level.

Haven’t signed up yet? Register today to get started on raising your pledges for this great cause. I’ll see you on the green!

Jennifer Lowther
Volunteer Chair, Golf Marathon Committee
Volunteer Member, Board of Directors

Posted in 2013 News, News

Will you be ready to play all day?

How many holes of golf could you play in a day? 36? 54?

What about 216?!

That’s how many holes last year’s winner played at the annual GI Society Golf Marathon.

With spring finally here and summer’s sunshine on the way, it’s time to start warming up for the GI Society’s infamous Golf Marathon this fall.

This year’s Golf Marathon will hit the fairways on Saturday, October 5, at Northview Golf and Country Club’s Ridge Course.

With community support and dedicated golfing participants like you, our most successful Golf Marathon event raised more than $66,000. Thank you for being a part of the team! We aim to make this year’s event an even greater success, with a target of $100,000 – that’s 40 players, each raising $2,500. We hope to see you again at this amazing event.

Please complete and submit the registration form so you can secure your place on the tee box.

Are there additional materials you’d like, such as electronic golf flyers, an excel spreadsheet of your past donors, or any other special requests? Please let us know – we want to support you however we can.

At the end of your Golf Marathon experience, we show our appreciation for your hard work and time by holding a lively draw during which every participant receives a great prize.

If you know someone who might like to play or donate a prize this year, please share our flyer or contact information. If you have any questions or comments, please call us at 604-875-4875. With a small, devoted staff in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montréal, and thousands of enthusiastic volunteers and supporters, the GI Society is making a difference in the health of Canadians.

Let’s get lined up for the best Golf Marathon yet!

Posted in 2013 News, News

Golf Marathon 2012 in Review

Raising $31,000 for the GI Society

Our twenty golfers last year came from all across the country, including Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and BC, to participate in this amazing event, collectively playing 1,520 holes while enjoying exclusive access to the beautiful Northview golf course. That’s an average of more than four rounds per person!

It was a full day of golf, fun, food, and friendship among people brought together through this event because they care deeply about gastrointestinal issues. Most golfers, volunteers, and donors have a personal connection to someone affected by a serious gastrointestinal condition, such as GERD, Crohn’s disease, or cancer.

© Photo by Gabe Pedrosa

GI Society Board member, Jennifer Lowther, chaired the Golf Marathon, encouraging her Sanofi Canada colleagues, friends, and family to support the cause. Our two volunteer photographers, Pierre Fournier and Gabe Pedrosa captured the day’s fun, following our golfers around the green during perfect weather for dawn ‘til dusk golfing, at a comfortable 18°C.

The players relaxed during a fine dining awards presentation while Dr. James Gray, chair of our Medical Advisory Council, explained how the GI Society’s work is of significant value to patients. Dedicated supporter David Miachika again took the top spot for funds raised, followed by Brian Carter, and Gary Fabian, our Montreal-based Executive Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. No one played more holes than the remarkable Martin Kendell, who, by playing four balls simultaneously all around the course, reached an unprecedented 216 holes! He was also rewarded with a special prize – the coveted hand-carved Golf Marathon trophy, which he’ll keep at his home or office for six months before returning it to the GI Society. Other ‘number of hole’ stars were Christopher McGrath (175) and Grace McCallen (128).

Golfer Carmen Wyton

Golfer Carmen Wyton

For every $750 in donations golfers raised, their names went into a draw for airfare for two anywhere in North America, generously donated by Vision 2000. Carmen Wyton, based in Edmonton with Sanofi, happily received this prize when her name was drawn, exclaiming, “Wow, I never win anything!”

We thank all those who shared in last year’s event – our golfers, donors, volunteers, and everyone who supported us in some way. Everyone received a lovely prize for their efforts and we’re grateful to our generous prize donors: Accent Cruises, Anton’s Pasta, Arts Club Theatre Company, BC Lions Football Club, Bruce Good, Burnaby Village Museum, Cactus Club Restaurants Ltd., Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Casbah Day Spa, Charlie’s Chocolate Factory, Golf Town, H. R. MacMillan Space Centre, Harbour Centre Tower, Highland Pacific Golf, Janssen Canada Inc., Kimberly Skulsky, Kumsheen Rafting Resort, Landmark Sport Group, Marv Jones Honda, Molson Canada, Nintendo of Canada Ltd., Northview Golf & Country Club, Olympic View Golf Club, Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, Purdy’s Chocolates, Science World, Shoppers Drug Mart, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Maritime Museum, and Yogacara Studios.

GI Society President & CEO, Gail Attara

GI Society President & CEO, Gail Attara

We also offer a special thanks to Janssen Canada Inc., Pfizer Canada Inc., Borden Ladner Gervais, and Sanofi Canada for financial contributions in support of their participating employees.

The next Golf Marathon will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013, again at beautiful Northview. We are planning for forty participating golfers, who will raise $100,000! Support this very worthy cause and enjoy a fabulous day of golf at the same time.

Register today!

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Grand Prize 2012!

The GI Society Golf Marathon is one month from today and we are excited to announce this Grand Prize.

Vision 2000 Travel Group is pleased to offer 2 round-trip economy class tickets for travel within Canada and the United States. Destinations exclude Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

How do you win this prize? Raise lots of money! For every $750 in donations you generate, you will get one entry into a draw for this fabulous reward.

Good luck everyone!

Jennifer Lowther
Volunteer Chair, Golf Marathon Committee

Posted in 2012 News, News

We are halfway to a full course!

This week we had our 20th golfer register to participate in this year’s GI Society Golf Marathon on Monday September 24th! We have room for 40 marathoners at the Northview Golf & Country Club so we are halfway to a full course. If you have been thinking about signing up, or know someone who has, now is the time to ensure you get a spot.

If you aren’t able to participate this year, you can still support the event and the GI Society by sponsoring one of our golfers or making a general donation online.

Jennifer Lowther
Volunteer Chair, Golf Marathon Committee

Posted in 2012 News, News
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