Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts, 1989

Officer of the Order of Canada, 1973

Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts, 1989 - W.O. Mitchell

W.O. Mitchell was born and raised in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, He is celebrated for his contributions to the field of Canadian literature through his own novels, short stories, radio scripts and stage plays, and through his teaching, He led the first writing workshops sponsored by the Saskatchewan Arts Board at what was to become the Saskatchewan School of the Arts, and was head of the Banff Writing Workshop in Alberta for many years. His most famous novel is Who Has Seen The Wind, first published in 1947. He is also well known and loved for a series of radio dramas, Jake and the Kid, written and broadcast in the 1950's.