Yasmin John-Thorpe

Penticton, British Columbia

Yasmin is a passionate literacy advocate in the South Okanagan. She co-founded the Penticton Writers and Publishers organization providing a creative forum for dialogue and mentoring. Yasmin is a driving force behind the Young Okanagan Writers’ Contest, encouraging young writers to bring forward and share their stories and poems. She visits high schools to help students with writing and brings authors to the classrooms. She started the Canwest Raise A Reader program in Penticton bringing together committed volunteers and sponsors in support of this important community initiative. Most recently, Yasmin helped to establish a week- long summer writing camp for BC students. Yasmin has shown extraordinary dedication to improving literacy in our province.


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