Yasmin John-Thorpe was born in the Caribbean on the island of Trinidad. In early childhood she learned the importance of reading and writing from her parents. Yasmin married a Canadian and came to Canada in 1975. She has two daughters and one grandson. Yasmin is a children’s author, fiction and non-fiction writer, and mentor. Yasmin has mentored young and older writers, by visiting schools to assist young students to hone their creative writing abilities and by teaching writing classes, at Okanagan College, Penticton Campus for mature writers. In 1994, with the help of four writers, she co-founded the Penticton Writers and Publishers, to help other writers.
After hosting several creative writing contests for young Okanagan Valley writers in 2006–2008, Yasmin launched the British Columbia Youth Writers Camp for 8–18 year old writers, in 2009. Camp is held annually, the first week in July, at Penticton Campus of Okanagan College.
Since 2007, Yasmin has organized a unique program for the South Okanagan Raise a Reader Program for the Penticton Herald newspapers, where she invites authors and their books into school to discuss with students the importance of reading and writing. The RAR program gifts a copy of the author’s book to each student.
For her involvement with literacy and children Yasmin has been the recipient of several awards.
Awards and Recognitions
(See images above for pictures of Yasmin receiving these awards.)
British Columbia Community Achievement Award, April 28,2010, for my spirit, imagination, dedication and contributions in my community, from Lieutenant Governor, Steven Point and Premier Gordon Campbell.
Okanagan College Honourary Fellow Award, June 5, 2012, for literacy (BC Youth Writers Camp and RAR Programs) and philanthropy (Rick and Yasmin Thorpe Scholarship Fund and Okanagan College Foundation), from President Jim Hamilton.
The Queen’s Jubilee Medal, May 2013, for my work with literacy, from Senator Richard Neufeld.
The Community Partnership Certificate of Recognition, June 10, 2013, for my work with Raise a Reader in schools, from School District 67 Board of Trustees Chair, Ginny Manning.
Introduced to Prime Minister Steven Harper, Summer 2013, by my Member of Parliament Dan Albas, as his first editor.
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