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Wendy Morton believes a poem is the shortest distance between two hearts.

Since 2010, Wendy has worked with school districts and other agencies on The Elder Project.  She works with mainly First Nations and Inuit students.  She trains them as poets, then she supervises their interviews with their Elders.  These interviews are then turned into poems.  The poems and the photographs of the students and the Elders are then published in a book to be used in the school districts.  Wendy has completed thirteen Elder Project books.

Wendy Morton is the founder of Canada's Random Acts of Poetry.  She is the recipient of the 2010 Spirit Bear Award, The Golden Beret Award and in 2012 was made an Honorary Citizen of Victoria for her contributions to the arts.  In 2012, she was awarded the Colleen Thibaudeau Outstanding Contribution to Canadian League of Canadian Poets.  In 2017, Wendy was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada  recognizing her accomplishments, innovation, commitment, and community partnerships in executing Random Acts of Poetry and The Elder Project chapbooks.  

In 2014, Wendy completed the 9th Elder Project, having worked with Inuit students and their Elders in Torngat National Park in northern Labrador.  She wrote a book of poems about her experience there, On the Spine of the World.  Parks Canada sponsored this project.

Wendy has six books of poetry, and a memoir, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast. ​in which her adventure as a corporate sponsored poet are revealed.  She has been WestJet's Poet of the Skies and Chryler's Poet of the Road.