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President:Leslie Chivers, Edmonton
Leslie Chivers is a writer of fiction currently living in Edmonton but who has lived in numerous places all over the province. He attended university in the fine arts program majoring in visual arts and minoring in creative writing. He currently has three short stories published and is working on a full-length novel. Also a member of PEN Canada and PEN America, Leslie believes in and advocates for free speech and the freedom to write.
Vice President:Leanne Myggland-Carter, Spruce Grove
Leanne Myggland-Carter (Oxon. PGCert), published poet and author, studied abroad at Exeter College, Oxford University after graduating from the University of Alberta with an Honours English Bachelor of Arts degree. Throughout the past 20+ years, she has served on many boards including CanWrite! Conference (Volunteer Chair), Get Publishing Conference (Silent Auction Chair), Federal Electoral District (Communications Chair), Alberta Winter Games (Literary Arts Chair), and Spruce Grove Public Library (Secretary). For 12 years, Leanne was the Operations-Communications Manager of the Canadian Authors Association—Alberta Branch and currently is the Marketing and Fund Development Manager/Assistant Director at the Spruce Grove Public Library as well as a Writing and Wellness Practitioner.
Treasurer:Susan Carpenter, Calgary

Susan Carpenter holds an Honours English Degree from Western University, a PR Certificate through Mount Royal University, and a Creative Writing Certificate from the Humber School for Writers. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Howard O’Hagan Award, the Journey Prize, was a finalist in the Short Prose Competition through The Writers’ Union of Canada, came first-runner-up in the Little Bird Contest, and won The Fringe Contest at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. In 2016, she was chosen by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta as one of five emerging voices to receive a mentorship for a YA novel.

Susan teaches Sarah Selecky’s Story Intensive online, volunteer programs with seniors for Lifelong Learners short story club at Loft 112 and participates in the WGA’s Buddy Program. By day, she works as an Associate Investment Advisor in Calgary, and by night raises a blended family of five sons in various stages of higher learning and moving out, and a chocolate lab that refuses to launch.

Secretary:Kevin Thornton, Fort McMurray
Kevin Thornton was born in Kenya and has lived or worked in New Zealand, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, England, Dubai and Afghanistan. He has lived in Alberta for nearly 14 years. Kevin believes in community involvement. He was the library board chair, is a member of the Heritage Society and the local Arts Council, who awarded him the first Fort McMurray Literary award in 2016. Kevin is also on the board of the Crime Writers of Canada and is a member of the CWA, the ITW, the IACW and the Keys. Kevin has had numerous short stories and poems published in over 20 collections and has been shortlisted seven times for the Arthur Ellis Awards.
Members at Large:
Alison Clarke, Edmonton
Alison Clarke is a writer/artist and creative writing and visual arts instructor. She also experiences life as a spoken word artist. Alison is the author of The Sisterhood, a young adult fantasy novel about Oppie, a sorceress’ daughter, and her best friend, Aurie, who is a dragon, and the journey they go on to save the universe. The Sisterhood is Book One of The Sisterhood Series, for which Alison won the award 2016 Writer of The Year by Diversity magazine. The second book in the series is Racine and the third is Circle which was released on November 27, 2018. Alison believes that storytelling can change the world.
Lisa Mulrooney, Stony Plain
Lisa Mulrooney is the first Poet Laureate of Stony Plain (2019-21). She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature (Honors) and a Master’s degree in Education (Post-Secondary Leadership & Educational Improvement), both from the University of Alberta. Lisa has worked as a High School English Teacher and as a Post-Secondary Administrator. She is passionate about language (especially poetry) and education. Lisa is the Co-Founder and President of Parkland Poets’ Society and also serves as the Secretary on the board of Edmonton’s Stroll of Poets Society.
Dr. Kimberly Fraser, Sherwood Park
Dr. Kimberly Fraser, an author with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, has extensive clinical practice and leadership in nursing and health care. A nurse entrepreneur, Kim owned a successful home care company and vocational school with her husband for 25 years. Kim has been active on several boards, specifically those that represent home care and family caregiving. Currently, she is a Board Member and Past President with Caregivers Alberta.

Dr. Fraser led a research program in family caregiving and home care using innovative and arts-based approaches in her former roles as a professor (University of Alberta) and Clinician Scientist (Alberta Health Services). She applied research to incite public conversations and inform policy for better outcomes for home care clients and family caregivers. Dr. Fraser has embarked on a second career as author and recently completed her first full-length book manuscript. She does contract teaching with Athabasca University.

Therese Greenwood, Fort McMurray
Author Therese Greenwood‘s memoir of the Fort McMurray wildfire, What You Take With You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home, was published spring 2019 by the University of Alberta Press. Her short crime fiction has appeared across Canada and the U.S. and she won the 2019 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for her story “Buck’s Last Ride” in Kill As You Go, her 2018 short story collection from Calgary publisher Coffin Hop Press. She has been short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award three times, Canada’s top mystery-writing prize, and has co-edited two short crime fiction anthologies. She has also worked as a reporter and editor and spent a decade as a weekly CBC Radio correspondent. Her feature stories and columns have appeared in publications ranging from The Globe and Mail to Cottage Life, and she has a Master’s degree in journalism.
Member at Large (Youth Rep):Sophie Pinkoski, Edmonton
Sophie Pinkoski will continue as Youth Representative. She has been active on the board since October 2017 and is the current chair of the WGA youth committee. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Science in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University. She is a dark fantasy novelist in both the adult and young adult age bracket and offers marketing and editorial services through Pinkoski Consulting. While completing her Master’s, she took on a Managing Editor role at Merchiston Publishing and Features Editor role for Buzz Magazine, as well as working in the Children’s Marketing and Publicity office at Penguin Random House London. Her experience in the UK has given her opportunities to work closely alongside agents, publishers and authors alike.
Past President:Carol Parchewsky, Calgary
Carol Parchewsky has been an active member of the WGA for over three years. She received her Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Saskatchewan, and her Postgraduate Certificates in Professional Management—PEG, e-Learning, and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary. Carol is a MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She is a knowledgeable 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 and wide-format printer based in Calgary, Alberta. Carol writes picture books, middle grade, adult fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. She is working on a novel and a collection of short stories.

2018/2019
President:Carol Parchewsky, Calgary
Vice President:Leslie Chivers, Edmonton
Treasurer:Falon Reed, Redwater
Secretary:Lori Hahnel, Calgary
Past President:Dustin Archibald, Grande Prairie
Members at Large:Alison Clarke, Edmonton | Joan Crate, Calgary | Lisa Mulrooney, Stony Plain |
Sophie Pinkoski, Edmonton (Youth Rep)
2017/2018
President:Dustin Archibald, Grande Prairie
Vice President:Carol Parchewsky, Calgary
Treasurer:Falon Reed, Redwater
Secretary:Lori Hahnel, Calgary
Past President:Anne Logan, Calgary
Members at Large:Alison Clarke, Edmonton | Joan Crate, Calgary | Leslie Chivers, Edmonton |
Sophie Pinkoski, Edmonton (Youth Rep)
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 | Ted Blodgett