CODE is honoured and grateful to be able to call popular Métis writer, Jacqueline Guest one of our long-time expert volunteers. Her thoughtful and insightful contribution to the CODE Burt Award program, her work with writers in Tanzania and Ghana, as well as her participation on the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature juries is deeply appreciated by the writers, publishers, and CODE's partners within Africa.
During 2014 and 2015, Jacqueline volunteered with CODE in Tanzania to teach adult writers how to create engaging novels for their own young readers. In 2017, she travelled to Ghana to again work with authors in helping them create a new generation of novels for Ghanaian readers. Encouraging new writers is an exciting and rewarding challenge she enjoys.
“Fostering new writers is critical if we are going to continue to build literacy. New writers, those with the pulse on today’s readers, are so vital. They can create the contemporary stories that young readers crave. The elders can speak of the legends and traditions we want our young to remember, but the future belongs to the readers. Volunteering your time means that our combined wealth of knowledge can be shared and passed on. Together we can create success stories!”
Jacqueline has also worked extensively with students and educators in Canada and the United States, giving creative writing and literacy workshops.
Jacqueline Guest has 18 children's and young adult books to her credit. Her award-winning books are unique in that many of the main characters come from various ethnic backgrounds including First Nations, Inuit or Métis. Her well-drawn characters face issues common to every child such as bullying, blended families and physical challenges and are strong role models for today’s youth. Always popular with readers, Jacqueline's sports books combine action, humour and a love of the game. Her historical novels present Canada ’s vibrant past as an exciting adventure every reader, young and old, will enjoy. Her young adult mysteries address teenage problems in a sensitive way while still providing a thrilling page-turner. You can check out Guest’s many books at jacquelineguest.com.
She is the recipient of the prestigious Indspire Award for the Arts and in December 2016, Jacqueline received the incredible honour of being named to the Order of Canada for her ongoing efforts in the world of literacy.
Jacqueline Guest with her Order of Canada medal. Photo credit: Cochrane Times