Today is Walk of Fame Wednesday, a day to highlight an individual that has been inducted into the city of Weyburn's Walk of Fame.

The Walk of Fame plaque is awarded to an individual for outstanding athletic, cultural, academic or humanitarian achievement.

They must have achieved national or international fame or accolades in their field of endeavor, lived in the city of Weyburn or surrounding area for a minimum of five years at any point during their lifetime, and consider the city of Weyburn an important part of their life experience.

William Ormond Mitchell, or W.O. Mitchell, was inducted into Weyburn's Walk of Fame in 2008. He was born in Weyburn in March of 1914, and was a writer and a broadcaster. He is best known for his 1947 novel "Who Has Seen the Wind," and is considered one of Canada's best known writers.

Many themes and locations in Mitchell's novels were based on his experiences and memories growing up in Weyburn, including his CBC radio series from 1950-1956 called "Jake and the Kid." 

In 1973, Mitchell was made an officer of the Order of Canada, and in 1993 he was named to the Queen's Privy Council.

In the year 2000, Mitchell was recognized by the Government of Canada with his image on a multi-colored postage stamp in "The Millennium Collection."

The W.O. Mitchell residence in Weyburn was owned by the Mitchell's until 1971.

W.O. Mitchell residenceThe W.O. Mitchell residence. (Photo courtesy of the city of Weyburn).