Cenovus Wordpower

Since 2007, for a week in early spring, the Wordpower teams have brought the magic of live literary artists into classrooms.

We are delighted to announce that Cenovus Energy will once again be funding two Wordpower programs to run in 2018! Both will feature a team of Albertan children’s literary artists touring to schools in rural areas that often find themselves unable to book artist visits on their own due to prohibitive travel costs.
Wordpower East (formerly called Wordpower North) will see a team of eight artists touring schools in the Cold Lake / Bonnyville / Lac La Biche region. The new Wordpower West takes the program to schools in the areas of Hinton, Edson, Grande Cache, Valleyview, Whitecourt, and High Prairie. Both tours are taking place during the week of April 23 - 27, 2018.

About the Tour
A team of eight artists will travel to each region on Sunday, conduct approximately four to six sessions of 40 to 60 minutes with up to 100 students at a time in local schools each day, participate in one or two evening presentation events during the week, and then head home on Friday evening. Artists will be driving themselves to the area and between the schools. Artists will usually be traveling in pairs but may have some days where they are visiting very small schools separately. Artists also create a simple 1-page teacher guide handout on their presentations to assist teachers in making connections between the presentations and curriculum after the visit.

If you have any questions, please do call Jennifer or Stephanie at 780-422-8232 or email

2018 Cenovus Wordpower Teams

Wordpower West

April 23 - 27

Wordpower East

April 23 - 27

Bethany Ellis Hazel Hutchins
Carolyn Fisher Natasha Deen
Mary Ann Lippiatt Debby Waldman
Marty Chan Rita Feutl
Rob Feagan Kate Boorman
Lorna Schultz Nicholson Gerry Rasmussen
Jacqueline Guest David Poulsen
Karen Spafford-Fitz Lois Donovan