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 2017! 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.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Cenovus Energy, Wordpower North will have a team of 8 artists traveling among communities north-eastern Alberta such as Fort MacKay, Conklin, Wabasca, Lac La Biche, Cold Lake, and Bonnyville during the week of April 24-28.

Wordpower South will be sending a team of 8 artists to communities roughly between Drumheller and Medicine Hat during the week of April 3-7.

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

2017 Cenovus Wordpower Teams

Wordpower South

April 3 - 7

Wordpower North

April 24 - 28

Mary Ann Lippiatt Georgia Graham
Natasha Deen Joan Galat
Hazel Hutchins Gail de Vos
Sue Farrell Holler Karen Spafford-Fitz
Lorna Schultz Nicholson David Poulsen
Debby Waldman Jacqueline Guest
Marty Chan Carolyn Fisher
Gerry Rasmussen Tololwa Mollel