The Canadian Biography Medal from Canadian Literature for Pauline: A
Biography of Pauline Johnson, 1982.
The Gillian Lowndes Memorial Award for contributions to the cultural life of
the Sunshine Coast, 1985.
The Lescarbot Award (Communications Canada) in recognition of outstanding
contributions to regional cultural activities, 1991.
The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian
Confederation for significant contribution to compatriots, community &
The Talewind Books Award for Literary Contributions to the Community,
BC Historical Federation 1996 Writing Competition, Third Prize for book-
length histories on BC topics awarded for Bright Seas, Pioneer Spirits:
The Sunshine Coast.
The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal October, 2002.
The Bill Duthie Award for Skookum Tugs (Harbour). Given for the book, which
“in the opinion of the judges of the BC Book Prizes, merits distinction as
the best work published in British Columbia in 2002.
The Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for A Stain Upon the Sea (Harbour),
given for the book, which “in the opinion of the judges of the BC Book Prizes, merits distinction as the work contributing most to an appreciation of British Columbia published in 2004.
The British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for contributions to the development
of Literary Excellence in the province. 2015.
The Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award presented by the Association of BookPublishers of British Columbia in recognition of her work as a writer, editor,
mentor and teacher and as the founder of the Sunshine Coast’s Festival of the
Written Arts and the Writers in Residence Program. September 21, 2017.
George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, BC’s most prestigious literary award,
for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia, presented by the Vancouver
Public Library and Pacific BookWorld News, June 2021