Gordon Gore would have wanted the Big Little Science Centre to keep providing kids with the opportunity to explore science. It’s the reason why the longtime teacher and late founder of the centre, who died in November of 2020 just shy of his 83rd birthday, requested upon his death not flowers but, rather, donations to the organization.
In the wake of that request, the Big Little Science Centre is raising funds in memory of Gore. On Wednesday, the centre announced the Gordon R Gore Legacy Fund GoFundMe campaign, which, as of Wednesday, had raised $21,350.
“The legacy he [Gore] leaves is the passion for the hands-on interactive science,” Big Little Science Centre executive director Gord Stewart told KTW.
“He was all about doing the science. To him, it was a verb: you did it, you didn’t read about it, kind of thing. This centre was that. It is a chance for people to do that. I think his passion for having people try to do science and that’s what we’re hoping to keep going, with the help of that legacy fund.”
Stewart said the $83,000 goal of the campaign is linked to Gore’s age, when he died. The centre is hoping to raise $1,000 per year for every year Gore lived.
The campaign had a soft launch about a month ago and the amount raised so far also includes funds collected by the centre, after Gore’s death. Stewart said the money will go toward operating costs of the centre, which has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and also was shuffled out of its former location as a result of the Parkcrest elementary fire, which occurred in the fall of 2019.
The Big Little Science Centre was operating in School District 73’s old Happyvale at the time of the blaze and was displaced, as a result of 4 Directions moving into the space.
Stewart said the organization is dealing with “very restrictive income,” and Gore wanted to see the centre continue.
“We’re just holding on until this [pandemic] is over,” Stewart said.
The fundraiser is not the only way the organization is planning to honour Gore. A memorial remains on hold amid the pandemic, with gatherings banned to curb spread of the novel coronavirus. Stewart said he hopes it will happen in September, including shows and naming of the hands-on room after Gore.
To donate to the GoFundMe campaign, go online to charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/gordon-gore-legacy.
Meanwhile, the centre remains open for private family bookings by appointment and those of cohorts, either daycares or classes. COVID-19 restrictions apply. For more information on that, call the centre at 250-554-2572.