Strathcona Place 55+ Activity & Outreach Centre

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Strathcona Place Society would like to thank the following sponsors for their financial support at our Gala dinner celebrating the 2016 award winners on June 4:

Prize Sponsors

United Health Centres

Councillor Ben Henderson

Scotia Bank

Maharaja Banquet Hall

Table Sponsors

Canterbury Foundation

Dr. Han and United Health Centres

Crowe MacKay

Don's Piano Service

We also accept cash, credit card, or cheque at:

About Dr. John W. Bilsland

The late John W. Bilsland earned his MA from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the University of Toronto. John was a Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta and taught for 30 years before becoming a volunteer teacher at Strathcona Place 55+ Centre. He was a member of the centre for 30 years.

The class John (Jack) taught produced 21 published senior writers in his 23 years as a volunteer instructor. It is in his honour that this important award is named. He was an inspiration to those he taught and the muse of Strathcona Place writers.

There is a $1000 prize for each of three categories. $700 to first place, $300 to second. 

JBLA Award Entry Fee

The following is the application fee for entry into the award program:

Number of Entries
Price per Entry
1 up to 5
5.00 CAD
6 up to 10
10.00 CAD

Sponsored by the Strathcona Society

Please submit your short stories or poems by




Strathcona Place Society

John W. Bilsland Literary Award

10831 University Avenue NW

Edmonton, Alberta

T6E 4R1

You may pay your entry fee here:

10831 University Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6E 4R1, Canada

 We are now accepting new entries for 

 John W. Bilsland Literary Award 2017

   Submission deadline: July 22, 2017

The Annual Western Canada

John W. Bilsland Award

for Literary Excellence in Senior Writers

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