Ernie Poignant honoured for Canuck Place donation

The Abbotsford pioneer recently contributed $8,300 to the children's hospice

Ernie Poignant (right) receives a plaque from Jeffrey Thiessen

Ernie Poignant (right) receives a plaque from Jeffrey Thiessen

Abbotsford pioneer and cartoonist Ernie Poignant received an appreciation plaque on Oct. 16 in recognition of his recent $8,300 donation to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

The plaque was presented to Poignant, 95, at Primrose Gardens, an independent-living apartment building on the Menno Place campus where he lives, by Jeffrey Thiessen, fundraising co-ordinator for Canuck Place.

In 2013, Poignant published a book of his original cartoons, Poignant Moments, which span his lifetime.

This was a follow-up to a magazine-style publication filled with Poignant’s cartoons that was released in 2012.

He donated the proceeds from the sales of Poignant Moments to Canuck Place in September.

The children’s hospice is 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 on Matsqui Prairie in 1919.

Over the years, he has made countless appearances at schools, libraries, hospitals and seniors’ homes with his “chalk art” program, sharing his passion for what he calls “comic comment through art.”