Board of Directors

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please see our Board Recruitment Brochure for more information. For a breakdown of the time and financial commitments required of WGA Board members, click here.

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.
Vice President:Leslie Chivers, Edmonton

Leslie is an author currently living in Edmonton but who has lived all over Alberta. He attended university in the fine arts program majoring in visual arts and minoring in creative writing. He is a senior manager within a regional organization that looks at planning communities for a 50-year time frame. Leslie has three short stories published and is working on a full-length novel. Leslie is a member of PEN Canada. He believes in and advocates for free speech.

Treasurer:Falon Reed, Redwater

Falon has a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration—Accounting degree from Grant MacEwan University. She has experience with management accounting in industry and municipal finance. 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. Her unpublished young adult fantasy novel Shadow of the Moon was a finalist in the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers 2017 Writing for Children Competition.

Secretary: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.
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 recently completed a Masters degree in English with a focus on Children’s literature through Hollins University. 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.
 Lisa Mulrooney, Stony Plain
 Lisa Mulrooney hails from Redditch, England, but now calls Stony Plain home. She has an undergraduate degree in English (Honors) and a master’s degree in Education, both from the University of Alberta. Lisa has worked as a High School English/Drama Teacher and as a Postsecondary Administrator/Instructor. She is passionate about language and education but is most enthusiastic about poetry. While she has taken time away from full-time work to raise her young children, Lisa has been busy writing poetry and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. She is the co-founder and current President of Parkland Poets Society in Stony Plain and the Secretary of the Edmonton Stroll of Poets Society.
Member at Large (Youth Rep):Sophie Pinkoski, Edmonton
 Sophie has returned to her hometown of Edmonton full-time after building her literary experiences around the world. After completing her high school education in the UK, she achieved her Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Victoria, where she gained a fanatic interest in Victorian literature and criminal history. She recently completed her Masters in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, where she did marketing and editorial work for acclaimed authors and publishers, including Penguin Random House. She has taken up editorial management roles in numerous projects in the past, from fiction and magazines, to academic journals and business proposals. She currently does freelance editorial work through the Pinkoski Consulting company. As a previous member of the Society of Young Publishers UK, she hopes to emulate the organization’s work as Chair for the WGA’s Youth Committee. When not brainstorming ways to engage youth in Edmonton’s literary community, she’s writing time travel novels and mentoring new writers.
Past 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 where he reviews books, offers writing advice, and highlights technology releases.

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)


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)


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)


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)


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


President:Julie Sedivy, Calgary
Vice President:Peter Midgley, Edmonton
Treasurer:Kimberley Champigny, Red Deer
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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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)


*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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Caterina Edwards | Larry Harris | Sarah Murphy | Lorine Sweeney


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


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


President:Martyn Godfrey
Vice President:Aritha van Herk
Treasurer:Phyllis Shuell
Members at Large:

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


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


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


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


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


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

Cathy Reninger | Doug Barbour | Fred Stenson | Sharleen Chevreaux


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

Cathy Reninger | Doug Barbour | Fred Stenson | Sharleen Chevreaux


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

Joan Clark | Jan Truss | William Latta | Ted Blodgett