Pauline Johnson has worked tirelessly over the last five years to advocate for writers in the arts community in Haliburton County.
As Writer in Residence at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre for two years, she was instrumental in bringing R.D. Lawrence Place (an interactive learning facility and writers’ centre) to Minden. She edited Liaisons II: The R.D. Lawrence Commemorative Anthology in 2007, a compilation of works from writers across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., interspersed with 20 excerpts from R.D. Lawrence’s books. It was a collectors’ edition which is almost sold out. In 2006 she edited Liaisons I, a collection of writers’ works from Haliburton County and surrounding regions.
Pauline was nominated for two awards for the Arts Council ~ Haliburton Gala in 2007 – Artist of Distinction and Supporter or Administrator of the Year.
In 2003 she co-founded the Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network, serving on the board for five years, three as president. She planned a variety of events and workshops and still regularly networks with writers’ groups across Ontario, working to keep Haliburton writers informed and connected.
Since moving to Haliburton, Pauline has volunteered on several other boards of directors and committees: The Haliburton County Snowmobile Association, Friends of the Library, The Conjurors of County Town, Friends of R.D. Lawrence Place, The Haliburton Highlands Trails and Tours Marketing Committee, The Haliburton ATV Association, and The Haliburton Tourism Board.
Pauline is a published poet with works in the anthologies Tapestry and Muskoka Poetry Night Anthology. She has also been featured in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine and on its cover. She won second place in the Writing Fairy’s Senryu Contest in 2008.
As a journalist, Pauline wrote a community column for The Minden Times for two years as well as doing a variety of articles and features. Praised for her work, she received numerous commendations from the editor, Martha Perkins.
She has experience in journalism, writing press releases, grant applications, annual reports, brochures, website copy etc. for local organizations and businesses.
She is currently on the Haliburton Tourism Board and is co-founder of a new group called the Haliburton Highlands Tourism Writers. Its members work with local businesses to promote both the businesses and Haliburton County.
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