okanagan online book club
BY sandra lynn lynxleg
CELEBRATE National POETRY WITH OUR SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR!
April 15, 2021 at 7 PM, with Special Guest Author, Sandra Lynn Lynxleg
All are welcome to join us online at 7 PM on Thursday, April 15, to discuss Glass Beads by Sandra Lynn Lynxleg. We will be honoured to have Sandra join us to read from her new work and to discuss her work.
Sandra Lynn Lynxleg is a status member of the Tootinaowaziibeeng reserve in Manitoba, a restorative justice leader, administrator, educator and poet.
Working full-time and raising three daughters, Lynxleg persevered for 13 years to earn her Bachelor of Education from UBC’s Native Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) in 2000. She went on to get a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2013, and is currently working on a Masters of Education. Her UBC accomplishments include the Amy E. Sauder NITEP Scholarship, the Sharp Family NITEP Graduation Prize, and two Faculty of Arts Graduate Awards.
A child of a residential school survivor, Lynxleg focused her career on helping Indigenous youth succeed in school and in the community. She is a founding member and acting president of the Restorative Justice Society – North Okanagan. She developed and supported many Aboriginal education programs and services while an administrator for the Vernon school district, including two First Peoples’ Academies at Seaton Secondary School and a Hoop Dance Program that saw 25 hoop dancers perform at the Vernon Olympic Torch Ceremony. In the nine years she served as District Principal of Aboriginal Education, her programs and services helped to increase Aboriginal attendance and graduation rates, an improvement that was acknowledged by the BC Minister of Education.
Lynxleg co-produced and published three chapbooks of poetry featuring Elders and students in School District 22 (Vernon). These chapbooks are part of a larger provincial collection with the founder of The Elder Project. In 2014, her workshop “Strawberry Fields Forever: Planting Seeds, Growing Poets” was selected for presentation at the First Nations Education Steering Committee provincial conference.
Sandra’s first book of poetry, Glass Beads, was published by Black Moss Press in 2013. Lynxleg’s poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia.
Join Sandra and the Okanagan Online Book Club on Thursday, April 15 at 7 PM. All are welcome!
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Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located on the Ancestral, Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Okanagan Nation and the Syilx People.