Cartoonist Ernie Poignant donates $8,300 to Canuck Place

The Abbotsford pioneer raised the funds through sales of his book Poignant Moments

Ernie Poignant recently donated more than $8

Ernie Poignant recently donated more than $8

Long-time cartoonist and Abbotsford historian Ernie Poignant recently donated more than $8,000 to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Abbotsford.

The funds were collected through the sale of the book Poignant Moments, a 90-page book that Poignant produced and printed on his own.

This was a follow-up to a magazine-style publication filled with Poignant’s cartoons that was released in 2012, showcasing everything from his first cartoon, drawn in 1937, to his latest works.

Poignant, 95, presented a cheque of $8,350 on Sept. 19 to Canuck Place, located on the Dave Lede Campus of Care on Marshall Road next to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Poignant is a pioneer of the area, having been born in 1919 on Matsqui Prairie.

Over the year, Poignant has made countless appearances at schools, libraries, hospitals and senior homes with his chalk art program, sharing his passion of what he calls “comic comment through art.”

Below: Ernie Poignant (left) and his wife Rose present an $8,305 cheque to Jeffrey Friesen, fundraising coordinator with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.