Former Poet Laureate: Don Benson (1999-2007)
Don Benson served as the City’s second Poet Laureate from 1999-2007. Don has been a long-standing community leader in sports and culture. He founded the Queens Park Youth Soccer Association, initiated the city’s successful bid for the Canada Summer Games, and co-founded the Royal City Musical Theatre Society. Don is widely published, having completed a number of works of prose and narrative verse, including New Westminster: 150 Years of Traditions.