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The BMO Winterset Award


The BMO Winterset Award was established to honour the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, award-winning social historian who died in Toronto on May 26, 2000. An ardent advocate and promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador culture, she was granted an honorary degree from Memorial University, made a member of ArtsNL's Hall of Honour, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Winterset was the name of the house on Winter Avenue in St. John's where Sandra lived until age eleven when her parents left the province. A Gothic cottage built in the early 1800s, it was one of the oldest homes in the city. Shortly after Sandra's mother, Ruth Harley, sold the house it was demolished.

The BMO Winterset Award is designed to encourage and promote excellence in all genres of writing. One prize of $12,500, and two prizes of $3,000 are awarded annually.

The Award is sponsored by BMO Financial Group and the Sandra Fraser Gwyn Foundation. Donations to the Foundation can be made care of Community Foundation of Greater Toronto, 1 Dundas Street West, Suite 502, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z3.

Please note that for the 2018 BMO WInterset Award (to be awarded in 2019), eligibility, criteria, adjudication, and other processes are currently under review for updates.

For further information contact:

Reg Winsor, Executive Director
1 Springdale Street
The Newman Building
P. O. Box 98
St. John’s, NL A1C 5H5

Tel: (709) 726-2212
Toll Free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
Fax: (709) 726-0619