Sheridan alum, “Franklin the Turtle” author to be invested into Order of Canada


Sheridan alum and Franklin the Turtle author will be invested into the Order of Canada tomorrow at the Rideau Centre in Ottawa.


Sheridan Illustration Alum Brenda Clark, the author behind the universally popular children books Franklin the Turtle, will be invested into the Order of Canada at the Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony tomorrow – Thursday, September 24th, 2015 – in Ottawa. The Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, was created in 1967 during Canada’s centennial year to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6,000 people from various professions and eras of interest have been invested into the Order.

“Brenda Clark’s creative talents have delighted children the world over. Illustrator of the iconic Franklin the Turtle books, she has brought this little turtle and his friends to life, enriching our imaginations with her creations. Her paintings, noted for their vibrant colours, vivid details and warm appeal, are beloved for making the impossible seem real. She also supports her peers and has mentored students, notably at Sheridan College, where she funds scholarships to the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design. As well, she has contributed to literacy foundations and has donated her life’s work to the Toronto Public Library.” – The Order of Canada.

Clark’s $1,800 Illustrative Interpretive Scholarship is awarded each year to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Illustration program at Sheridan College.

Born and raised in Port Hope, Ontario, Clark graduated with honours and earned her diploma from Sheridan’s Illustration program in 1977. Since 1985, Clark has published over 30 Franklin titles and numerous activity books for the series. Franklin and his friends quickly became popular around the world and by 1997 the first animated episode of Franklin was televised.

We thank Brenda for her contributions to Sheridan over the years, and congratulate her for her great achievement. The Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design – and particularly the Illustration program – are tremendously proud of you!



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