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President:Dustin Archibald, Grande Prairie
 Dustin is an author hailing from Grande Prairie, where he writes middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction. Having been previously published in comic books, his focus is on speculative fiction and creating fantastic worlds. For over two decades, he has been involved in many aspects of technology, from game design to human-computer interfaces, having studied computing science at Grande Prairie Regional College. He is currently Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cudavision, a leader in business security and automation systems. Since 1997, he has been involved in martial arts, first as a student then as volunteer head instructor with the People’s White Crane Kung Fu Association, and has also served on their board of directors as President and Vice President. In his spare time he reads, binge watches Netflix, and keeps a blog at DCArchibald.com where he reviews books, offers writing advice, and highlights technology releases.
  
Vice President:Carol Parchewsky, Calgary
 Carol received her Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and her Postgraduate Certificates in Professional Management – PEG, e-Learning, and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary. She is an experienced senior leader with experience in government organizations, civic organizations, and in the private sector. Currently, she is Operations Director of Legend Grafix, an all-inclusive Graphic Design house based in Calgary, Alberta. Carol writes picture books, middle grade, adult fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her poetry and paintings was published in AWCS Alberta Skies through Paint, Print, Poetry & Prose. She is finalizing her middle grade novel and working on a collection of interlinked short stories. When she isn’t writing or reading, she bakes cookies shaped like characters from her writing.
  
Treasurer:Falon Reed, Redwater
 Falon has a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration—Accounting degree from Grant MacEwan University. She has previous experience with management accounting in industry and municipal finance. She is currently a freelance reporter for Redwater’s newspaper, The Review. Falon loves everything magical, so her focus is on middle grade, young adult, and adult speculative fiction; however, she also writes literary short stories and creative nonfiction. Falon lives in the small town of Redwater with her husband, son, and two daughters. Falon is the Chair of the Fund Development Committee.
  
Secretary:Teresa Wouters, Grande Prairie
 Teresa has been a member of the WGA for many years and has seen the many benefits of its services to Alberta authors. Her experiences include being a Member at Large board member during 2010/2011, and attending conferences and the Strawberry Creek Retreat. As a facilitator of the Cygnets Writers’ Group, the creator and host of the Young Authors’ Club, and the organizer for the annual Write-On Marathon, she always shares the benefits of being a member of the WGA with the many writers in my community. As an author, she has over a dozen works published, which include short stories, poems, plays, a screenplay, flash fiction, and essays. She has been lucky enough to win several awards and contests and has received two grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. She teaches English, Communications, and creative writing courses at the Grande Prairie Regional College. Her formal education includes a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
  
Members at Large: 
 Alison Clarke, Edmonton
 Alison Clarke is a writer/artist who also enjoys painting and drawing. She also experiences life as a spoken word artist. She is the author of The Sisterhood, and the upcoming novel, Racine. Alison has also written children’s picture books – The Adventures of Eli the Elephant, and Eli Goes To The Moon, which she also illustrated. For Alison, life is an interesting journey. Whether she is immersing herself in poetry, prose, or visual art, Alison is at home.
  
 Joan Crate, Calgary
 Joan Crate was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and has lived in several towns and cities in B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan, though her longest place of residence is Calgary. Several years after dropping out of high school, she took a Communications diploma at what is now Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. She worked in radio, writing commercials for four years, before attending the University of Calgary to take an Honours B.A. in English, and then a Masters with distinction, completing the first creative thesis at U of C. She taught English Literature and Creative Writing at Red Deer College, Alberta for over twenty years before returning to Calgary with her partner of thirty-six years, Kamal Serhal. As well as having four adult children, she has two grandchildren. Joan is the author of two novels and three books of poetry. In May of this year (2017), her poem “I am a Prophet” was displayed on screen at the U2 concert in Vancouver. Her novel Black Apple was published by Simon and Schuster in 2016 and aside from being short-listed for the Frank Hegyi Award, it is the recipient of the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Award for 2017.
  
 Lori Hahnel, Calgary
 Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero (Oberon, 2008) and After You’ve Gone (Thistledown, 2014), as well as a story collection, Nothing Sacred (Thistledown, 2009), which shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has been published in over forty journals in North America, Australia, and the U.K.; her credits include CBC Radio, The Fiddlehead, Joyland, and The Saturday Evening Post. Lori teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University and the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary. She has been a WGA member since 1998.
  
  
Member at Large (Youth Rep):Sophie Pinkoski, Edmonton
  
  
Past President:Anne Logan, Calgary
 Anne has held various positions in the development and creative nonprofit industry. Most recently, she worked in Donor Relations at the University of Calgary, and prior to that she was the Programming Manager at Calgary’s Wordfest. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, and her Postgraduate Certificate through the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program in Toronto. Before moving to Calgary, she worked as a publicist for Cormorant Books. She currently reviews books on ivereadthis.com and is the books columnist for the CBC Calgary Homestretch. Obviously, she spends most of her free time reading.

2016/2017 
President:Anne Logan, Calgary
Vice President:Dustin Archibald, Grande Prairie
Treasurer:Falon Reed, Redwater
Secretary:Fran Kimmel, Lacombe
Past President:Barb Howard, Calgary
Members at Large:Karen Pheasant, Edmonton | Kim McCullough, Calgary | Marc Colbourne, Edmonton |
Teresa Wouters, Grande Prairie | Rachel Lee, Edmonton (Youth Rep)

 

2015/2016 
President:Barb Howard, Calgary
Vice President:Anne Logan, Calgary
Treasurer:Falon Reed, Redwater
Secretary:Fran Kimmel, Lacombe
Past President:Peter Midgley, Edmonton
Members at Large:Dustin Archibald, Grande Prairie | Leslie Chivers, Edmonton | Terry Cho, Calgary |
Karen Pheasant, Edmonton | Barbori G. Streibl, Calgary (Youth Rep)

 

2014/2015 
President:Peter Midgley, Edmonton
Vice President:Barb Howard, Calgary
Treasurer:Kimberley Champigny, Red Deer
Secretary:Anne Logan, Calgary
Past President:Vacant
Members at Large:Leslie Chivers, Edmonton | Terry Cho, Calgary | Fran Kimmel, Lacombe |
Rena J. Traxel, Onoway | Barbori Streibl, Calgary (Youth Rep)

 

2013/2014 
President:Peter Midgley, Edmonton
Vice President:Barb Howard, Bragg Creek
Treasurer:Kimberley Champigny, Red Deer
Secretary:Ann Logan, Calgary
Past President:Julie Sedivy, Calgary
Members at Large:Fran Kimmel, Lacombe | Shannon Lepine, Edmonton (Youth Rep) |
Dianne Linden, Edmonton | Rena Traxel-Boudreau, Onoway

 

2012/2013 
President:Julie Sedivy, Calgary
Vice President:Peter Midgley, Edmonton
Treasurer:Kimberley Champigny, Red Deer
Secretary:(Vacant)
Past President:Patricia MacQuarrie, Wetaskiwin
Members at Large:Janet Gurtler, Calgary | Barb Howard, Bragg Creek | Fran Kimmel, Lacombe |
Shannon Lepine, Edmonton (Youth Rep) | Dianne Linden, Edmonton

 

2011/2012 
President:Patricia MacQuarrie, Wetaskiwin
Vice President:Julie Sedivy, Calgary
Treasurer:Kimberley Champigny, Red Deer
Secretary:Rosemary Griebel, Calgary
Past President:Patricia MacQuarrie, Wetaskiwin
Members at Large:Jordanna Bubar, Edmonton (Youth Rep) | Dianne Linden, Edmonton | Peter Midgley, Edmonton |
Susan Toy, Calgary | Teresa Wouters, Grande Prairie

 

 

2010/2011 
President:Patricia MacQuarrie, Wetaskiwin
Vice President:Julie Sedivy, Calgary
Treasurer:Kimberley Champigny, Red Deer
Secretary:Rosemary Griebel, Calgary
Past President:Audrey Seehagen, Edmonton
Members at Large:Leslie Greentree, Red Deer | Jennifer Kunlire, Calgary (youth member) |
Dianne Linden, Edmonton | Teresa Wouters, Grande Prairie

 

2009/2010 
President:Audrey Seehagen, Edmonton
Vice President:Ian LeTourneau, Athabasca
Treasurer:David Richardson, Grande Prairie
Secretary:Patricia MacQuarrie, Wetaskiwin
Past President:Blaine Newton, Red Deer
Members at Large:Karen Bass, Hythe | Leslie Greentree, Red Deer | Rosemary Griebel, Calgary |
Jennifer Kunlire, Calgary (youth member) | Julie Sedivy, Calgary

 

2008/2009 
President:Blaine Newton, Red Deer
Vice President:Audrey Seehagen, Edmonton
Treasurer:David Richardson, Grande Prairie
Secretary:Karen Bass, Hythe
Past President:Dymphny Dronyk, Grande Prairie
Members at Large:Rosemary Griebel, Calgary | Jennifer Kunlire, Calgary (youth member) | Patricia MacQuarrie, Wetaskiwin | Shirley Serviss, Edmonton | Ian LeTourneau, Athabasca

 

2007/2008 
President:Dymphny Dronyk, Grande Prairie
Vice President:Blaine Newton, Red Deer
Treasurer:Arthur Kan, Edmonton
Secretary:Audrey Seehagen, Edmonton
Past President:Lori Lavallee, Lethbridge
Members at Large:Karen Bass, Hythe | J. Paul Cooper, Calgary | Shirley Serviss, Edmonton
Richard Stevenson, Lethbridge

 

2006/2007
President:Lori Lavallee, Lethbridge
Vice President:Kelly Clemmer, Wainwright
Treasurer:Arthur Kan, Edmonton
Secretary:Dymphny Dronyk, Grande Prairie
Past President:Vern Thiessen, Edmonton
Members at Large:Alexis Hillier, Edmonton (youth member) | Audrey Seehagen, Edmonton |
J. Paul Cooper, Calgary

 

2005/2006
President:Vern Thiessen, Edmonton
Vice President:Lori Lavallee, Lethbridge
Treasurer:Arthur Kan, Edmonton
Secretary:John Mulholland, Grande Cache
Past President:Vivian Hansen
Members at Large:Kathryn Arnold, Edmonton | Kelly Clemmer, Wainwright |
Dymphny Dronyk, Grande Prairie | Alexis Hillier, Edmonton (youth member)

 

2004/2005
*elected at the Special General Meeting, December 11, 2004, Red Deer
President:Vern Thiessen, Edmonton*
Vice President:Lori Lavallee, Lethbridge*
Treasurer:Joan Marklund, Drumheller
Secretary:Lorna Klose, Calgary*
Past President:Vivian Hansen, Calgary
Members at Large:Kathryn Arnold, Edmonton* | Kelly Clemmer, Wainwright* | Marilyn Dumont, Edmonton |
John Mulholland, Grande Cache* | Wendy Rajala, Calgary*

 

2004/2005 (elected at AGM)
President:Anne Burke, Calgary
Vice President:Harvey Walker, St. Albert
Treasurer:Joan Marklund, Drumheller
Secretary:Gail Gravelines, Edmonton
Past President:Vivian Hansen, Calgary
Members at Large:Marilyn Dumont, Edmonton | Michelle Greyson, Cochrane
| Rebecca Holand, Lethbridge | Faye Holt, Calgary

 

2003/2004
President:Vivian Hansen, Calgary
Vice President:Anne Burke, Calgary
Treasurer:Susan Weckesser, Whitecourt
Secretary:Vivia Oliver, Caroline
Past President:Christina Grant, Edmonton
Members at Large:David Breakenridge, Sherwood Park | Michelle Greysen, Cochrane |
Bob Stallworthy, Calgary | Harvey Walker, St. Albert

 

2002/2003
President:Christina Grant, Edmonton
Vice President:Sharon Drummond, Calgary
Treasurer:Diane Schuller, Hythe
Secretary:Michael Penny, Edmonton
Past President:Suzette Mayr, Calgary
Members at Large:Vivian Hansen, Calgary | Richard Stevenson, Lethbridge | Diane Schuller, Hythe | Lyle Weis, Edmonton

 

2001/2002
President:Suzette Mayr, Calgary
Vice President:Christina Grant, Athabasca
Treasurer:Mark Giles, Calgary
Secretary:Linda Goyette, Edmonton
Members at Large:Sharon Drummond, Calgary | Ruth C. Mackay, Millerville | Anna Mioduchowska, Edmonton | Diane Walton, Alberta Beach

 

2000/2001
President:Geo Takach, Edmonton
Vice President:Suzette Mayr, Calgary
Treasurer:Leo Jacques, Red Deer
Secretary:Mark Giles, Calgary
Members at Large:

Christina M. Grant, Athabasca | Ruth C. MacKay, Millerville | Anna Mioduchowska, Edmonton | Diane Walton, Alberta Beach

 

1999/2000
President:Anne Burke, Calgary
Vice President:George Takach, Edmonton
Treasurer:Leo Jacques, Red Deer
Secretary:David Huggett, Edmonton
Members at Large:

Rosemary Nixon, Calgary | Bernard Bloom, Calgary | Don Trembath, Morinville |
Christine M. Grant, Athabasca

 

1998/1999 
President:Scot Morison
Vice President:Anne Burke, Calgary
Treasurer:Leo L. Jacques, Red Deer
Secretary:David Huggett, Edmonton
Members at Large:

Rosemary Nixon, Calgary | Sandra Wunsch, Medicine Hat |
Don Trembath, Morinville | Bernard Bloom, Calgary

 

1997/1998
President:Tololwa Mollel, Edmonton
Vice President:Shirley Serviss, Edmonton
Treasurer:Paul Harris, Red Deer
Secretary:Cherylyn Stacey, Edmonton
Members at Large:

Elizabeth Celements, Medicine Hat | Sarah Murphy, Calgary |
Anne Burke, Calgary | David Poulsen, Claresholm

 

1996/1997 
President:Fred Stenson
Vice President:Tololwa Mollel
Treasurer:Paul Harris
Secretary:Cheryl Chamberlain
Members at Large:

Caterina Edwards | Jenny King-Brown | Sarah Murphy | Anne Burke

 

1995/1996 
President:Darlene Quaife
Vice President:Fred Stenson
Treasurer:Michael Penny
Secretary:Diane Walton
Members at Large:

Jars Balan | Paul Harris | John Glawson | David Poulsen | Miki Andrejevic

 

1994/1995 
President:Alice Major
Vice President:Darlene Quaife
Treasurer:E. Stewart Bishop
Secretary:Diane Walton
Members at Large:

Robert Runte | Lyn Thompson | Jars Balan | Irene Morck

 

1993/1994 
President:Candas Jane Dorsey
Vice President:Alice Major
Treasurer:E Stewart Bishop
Secretary:Robert Runte
Members at Large:

Dave Duncan | Lyn Thompson | Diane Walton | Janeen Werner-King

 

1992/1993 
President:George Melnyk
Vice President:Candas Jane Dorsey
Treasurer:E. Stewart Bishop
Secretary:Robert Runte
Members at Large:

Marie Jakober | Shirlee Matheson | Charles Noble | Diane Walton

 

1991/1992 
President:Reg Silvester
Vice President:George Melnyk
Treasurer:Yvonne Adam
Secretary:Caterina Edwards
Members at Large:

Candas Jane Dorsey | Sarah Murphy | Charles Noble | Fred Wah

 

1990/1991
President:Jon Whyte
Vice President:Reg Silvester
Treasurer:Michael Penny
Secretary:Amber Hayward
Members at Large:

Caterina Edwards | Larry Harris | Sarah Murphy | Lorine Sweeney

 

1989/1990 
President:Myrna Kostash
Vice President:Jon Whyte
Treasurer:Michael Penny
Secretary:Amber Hayward
Members at Large:

Lorine Sweeney | Darlene Quaife | Roberta Rees-Whalley | Melody Szabo

 

1988/1989 
President:Aritha van Herk
Vice President:Myrna Kostash
Treasurer:Becky Romanchych
Secretary:Monica Hughes
Members at Large:

Sylvia Bough | Mary Howes | Birk Sproxton | Andrew Wreggitt

 

1987/1988 
President:Martyn Godfrey
Vice President:Aritha van Herk
Treasurer:Phyllis Shuell
Secretary:Vacant
Members at Large:

Monica Hughes | Sylvia Bough | Joan Crate Taylor | Andrew Wreggitt

 

1986/1987 
President:Monty Reid
Vice President:Martyn Godfrey
Treasurer:Phyllis Shuell
Secretary:Mark Lowey
Members at Large:

Sylvia Bough | Rebecca Luce-Kapler | Andrea Spalding | Richard Stevenson

 

1985/1986
President:Gloria Sawai
Vice President:Monty Reid
Treasurer:James W. Fishbourne
Secretary:Shirlee Matheson
Members at Large:

Elona Malterre | Don Meredith | Andrea Spalding | P. Derryn Yeomans

 

1984/1985 
President:Chris Wiseman
Vice President:Lorne Daniel
Treasurer:Clair Woodbury
Secretary:Shirlee Matheson
Members at Large:

Elona Malterre | Rhonda McAdam | Monty Reid | Cora Weber-Pillwax

 

1983/1984 
President:Joan Clark
Vice President:Kathy Osgood
Treasurer:Mary Woodbury
Secretary:Ian Adam
Members at Large:

Sharleen Chevreaux | Bill Latta | Marie Moser | Marilynn Stratton | Mary Riskin

 

1982/1983 
President:Ted Blodgett
Vice President:Tim Christison
Treasurer:Reg Silvester
Secretary:Mary Riskin
Members at Large:

Cathy Reninger | Doug Barbour | Fred Stenson | Sharleen Chevreaux

 

1981/1982 
President:Ted Blodgett
Vice President:Tim Christison
Treasurer:Reg Silvester
Secretary:Mary Riskin
Members at Large:

Cathy Reninger | Doug Barbour | Fred Stenson | Sharleen Chevreaux

 

1980/1981 
President:Rudy Wiebe
Vice President:Christopher Wiseman
Treasurer:Beverly Hocking
Secretary:Merna Summers
Members at Large:

Joan Clark | Jan Truss | William Latta