The Western Orthodox Academy

Stephen Gill

sgillPoet Laureate of Ansted University, Dr. Stephen Gill is a strong believer in a democratically elected world government and peace through peaceful means. Global peace and social concerns are the main areas of his interest.

Stephen Gill has authored more than twenty books, including novels, literary criticism, and collections of poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than four hundred and fifty publications in Canada and abroad. He writes mostly in English. Once in a while, he writes poetry in Urdu, Hindi and Panjabi languages. Some of his Urdu/Hindi poems have been set to music by two prominent singers of Pakistan in two albums “Aman – that means peace” and “Aman ki Rah – that means road  to peace”. Poems in both these albums and “Aman Ke Shehzade Se” appear in his collection of poems “Jazeera”.

Stephen Gill has received awards and recognitions, including three honorary doctorates; The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; Fellowship of the Celtic Chair of the University of Ottawa; Laureate Man of Letters from United Poets Laureate International; Sahir Award of Honor from Sahir Cultural Society, Panjab, India; Plaque from the World Council of Asian Churches (Canada); Pegasus International Poetry for Peace Award (Poetry in the Arts, Inc., Texas); The Best Poet of Peace Award for the year 1993 from Roger Cable 11 (Canada).

He has been asked several times by organizations to judge their poetry competitions, and he often evaluates dissertations of English Literature for the doctoral students of universities in India. He is a freelance Ontario government-approved interpreter for the Urdu and Panjabi languages.

He is former president of Vesta Publications Ltd.; the Canadian Authors Association (the Cornwall, Ont. Branch); a national vice president of the World Federalists of Canada; the Multicultural Council of Stormont and Dundas; chief delegate to represent the World University for Canada; and the Christian Cultural Association of South Asians. At present, he is an honorary member of the Ansted University Board of Advisory Council, and a director of the Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry (Canada).