Joan is the very proud winner of the 2013 Harry Dale Literary Grant for Aspiring Writers. She was presented with the award at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts on September 17, 2013.
The grant also comes with a year of mentorship and guidance towards the goal of being published.
Joan says of her accomplishment,
“I’m so proud to have won this award and I’m looking forward to working with my mentors over the coming year. It’s not only going to be interesting but I think it’s also going to be a lot of fun. The people I’ve met so far have been wonderful. By this time next year, I hope that I can say I’m not only an award winner but a published author as well!.”
She also added, exclusively for the Georgetown Wordsmiths’ website interview,
“I kind of wish that the presenters of the award (much as I liked them all personally) could have been of the XL-presenter variety so that I wouldn’t look so XL myself in the picture. And doesn’t it look like the President of the Brampton Arts Council could just lay her head gently down on my….shoulder?! And speaking of heads….why does my head look so huge?! Oh, yes, of course, it’s because I was feeling quite full of myself that day….I had just won the Harry Dale Literary Grant for heaven’s sake!”
History of the Grant
Description adapted from the Brampton Arts Council website
Dale O’Hara, great-granddaughter of Harry Dale, wrote “Acres of Glass”, chronicling the story of Harry Dale and the Dale Estate and their influence on the development of Brampton as “The Flower Town of Canada”. Through the generosity of the City of Brampton (grant provider) and Dale O’Hara, the Brampton Arts Council was given the profit from “Acres of Glass” sales for managing the minute details to produce the book. With these funds, the Brampton Arts Council established, through the Brampton and Area Community Foundation, The Brampton Arts Council: Harry Dale Literary Endowment Fund, for the sole purpose to award the Harry Dale Literary Grant for Aspiring Writers.