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Order of Canada

Paulette Bourgeois, C.M., LL.D.

Toronto, Ontario [Canada]

Member of the Order of Canada

Awarded on May 8, 2003; Invested on February 20, 2004

Creator of the much-loved children's literary character, Franklin the Turtle, Paulette Bourgeois has written over 30 books chronicling his adventures. Her insightful writing demonstrates her deep understanding of children. Flawed but irresistible, Franklin struggles with the everyday trials and tribulations of childhood. The educational value of the themes and lessons in her stories is undisputable and the character resonates with an international audience that identifies with this positive role model. Generous with her personal resources, she has established a foundation to promote children's literacy, supports the Breakfast for Learning program and freely mentors other writers.