A poet, novelist and critic, she has long been a major cultural force in Canada and is now considered one of the country's most prominent and internationally-known literary figures. In addition to her writing, she has long been heavily involved in the feminist and writing communities as well as in Amnesty International, PEN International and in environmental protection organization. (This is a promotion within the Order).
Officer of the Order of Canada
Awarded on: December 17, 1973
Invested on: April 03, 1974
For her contributions to literature as poet, novelist, essayist, and teacher.