David Bouchard- January 24, 2014
Author/Métis-Canadian Story Teller/Educator
"An acclaimed author of children's books, David Bouchard is also a champion of literacy."
-Order of Canada, 2009
Arts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community is honoured to welcome David Bouchard on January 24th, 2014 to the Langley Fine Arts School and the Chief Sepass Theatre.
Champion for Literacy/Advocate for Children
"An acclaimed author of children's books, David Bouchard is also a champion of literacy. This former teacher and school principal has written more than 50 books in English and in French. Many of them combine poetry, prose and visual arts, and explore topics such as the environment, history and the traditions and cultures of Canada's Aboriginal communities.
Also a storyteller and sought after public speaker, he has traveled across the country to promote the importance and joy of reading and writing. In his presentations to children, parents and teachers, he addresses his own struggles with dyslexia. Proud of his Métis heritage, he is a former president of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria and continues to serve as a community leader." ~ taken from the investiture ceremony of the Order of Canada, 2009.
Canadian Métis author and literacy advocate David Bouchard has produced more than fifty books for readers of all ages, including two guides on reading for parents and educators.
An erstwhile teacher and school principal, he is particularly concerned with Aboriginal-related issues and is a sought-after speaker for conference keynotes and school presentations and on topics of reading, literacy and aboriginal well-being.
David Bouchard's books have won numerous awards, including a Special Mention for Non-Fiction in the 2010 Bologna Ragazzi Awards for The Drum Calls Softly, a Gold Medal in the 2008 Moonbeam Award for I am Raven, the 2004 Governor General's Award for The Song Within My Heart, the 1999 Red Cedar Award for The Great Race and the 1997 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award for Voices from the Wild. An Aboriginal Carol was included in the 2008 White Ravens Catalogue.
In April 2009, Bouchard was named as a Member of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as an author of children's books and an advocate who has championed the cause of reading and writing, and who has shared his pride as a member of the Métis community through his stories."
Most recently, David has received a remarkable honour: In 2013, in Oshawa, the David Bouchard Public School opened its doors.
David lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife Vicki and their daughter Victoria.