I was Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan for two terms of two years each – from 2001 to 2004. My duties were limited to acting as a kind of arts ambassador at events throughout the province, wherever I was invited to participate in local events or visit schools, libraries, galleries or museums. The Writers Guild received limited funding for the poet laureate program, so instead of an annual stipend, I received stipends for each event I was invited to attend and speak at, as well as having my travel expenses and accommodations covered. As poet laureate I was privileged to represent not only the extraordinary writing community of Saskatchewan, but in a more general sense, the arts and culture as well. I travelled to every corner of the province, including the far north, during my four years and enjoyed meeting the people and sharing poetry with them. During my tenure I was privileged to dine with Prince Charles at Government House.
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