Poet Wendy Morton has been named the first recipient of the League of Canadian Poets’ Colleen Thibaudeau Outstanding Contribution Award. Established in memory of the late poet and honourary member Colleen Thibaudeau (1925-2012), this award has been created by the League of Canadian Poets and the poet’s family to honour and recognize a substantial volunteer project or series of projects that significantly nurture and support poets and poetry across Canada. The award carries a $350 prize.
Morton was honoured at the League of Canadian Poets’ annual Poetry Festival and Conference in June at the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon.
Wendy Morton lives in Sooke, B.C., and has published five books of poetry, and a memoir, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, in which her adventures as a corporate sponsored poet are revealed. She has been WestJet’s Poet of the Skies, Chrysler’s Poet of the Road, and is currently sponsored by Fairmont Hotels, AbeBooks and Prairie Naturals Vitamins. She is the founder of Random Acts of Poetry, which for 7 years involved hundreds of Canadian poets, who went into their cities and read poems to strangers, to ESL classes, to students in First Nations Schools. She is the recipient of the 2010 Spirit Bear Award and The Golden Beret Award, and was made an Honorary Citizen of Victoria in 2011. She is currently involved in The Elder Project, described briefly below in an excerpt from a recent article fromThe Tyee: http://m.thetyee.ca/News/2011/12/09/Elder-Project/