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Board of Directors

President:Colin Martin, Calgary

Colin Martin is a literature and writing instructor who lives in Calgary. He has contributed to the local writing communities for the past two decades in myriad ways including as the founding editor of NōD Magazine, former editor and long-time President of filling Station Magazine, President from 2017-2021 of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, and as freelance editor, instructor, writer, grant jurist, and arts and education administrator. He seeks always to advocate for writers and writing communities, and is more than comfortable reading financial statements; after all, they’re just another way of writing the story of a place and its people.

Vice President:Dorothy Bentley, Southern Alberta, Rural

Dorothy Bentley: Growing up in Southern Ontario with preoccupied parents gave Dorothy a love of nature, books, and scribbling words. Transplanted to Alberta, she is a previous freelance writer of articles, cartoons, and columns, yet she now limits herself to poetry and fiction. Her writings regularly appear in literary journals, and she is the author of a picture book, Summer North Coming (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2019) and a YA novel, Escape from the Wildfire (Lorimer Kids & Teens, 2022). In the time period BC (before children), she won the WBRL Excuses Excuses contest. Recently, she was a winner of the RMWB Words in Motion poetry contest (2016); and she was short-listed for an Excellence in the Arts Award, Literary Arts category, by Arts Council Wood Buffalo (2022). She lives with her family in the Foothills which are never too quiet with their excitable sheltie and a cat named Whitney Mewston who likes to sing.

Treasurer:Nicolas Brown, Westlock

Nicolas Brown is a Chartered Professional Accountant, military reservist, and experienced non-profit director. Mr. Brown has over 6 years of accounting & payroll experience, and over 10 years of experience in volunteer and governance roles. As an aspiring author, his current projects include sci-fi, fantasy, and short story collections.

Secretary:Moorea Gray, Calgary

Moorea Gray: As an active member of the WGA since 2004, Moorea has participated in workshops, attended Alberta Literary Awards events, and has written for WestWord. The WGA has provided her with many long-lasting opportunities, and she feels it is her turn to give back to this important writing community. Moorea has great interest and involvement in Alberta literature—both past and present. In 2019, Moorea published an anthology containing the works of Icelandic-Canadian writer Stephan G. Stephansson. She is president of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club and sits on a committee for the Leif Eriksson Iceland Club. In June 2021, Moorea completed a two-year term as a committee member with the Calgary Distinguished Writers’ Program at the University of Calgary. Moorea holds an Education Degree and a master’s degree in English Literature.

Members at Large:Moni Brar, Calgary

Moni Brar was born in rural India, raised in northern British Columbia, and now gratefully divides her time between the unceded territories of Treaty 7 and Metis Nation Region 3 (Calgary) and the Syilx Okanagan Nation (Oliver). She has multiple nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize and was the winner of the 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. She has received writing awards and honours from PRISM international, Room, Arc, Blood Orange Review, and Subnivean. Her writing appears in Best Canadian PoetryThe Literary Review of CanadaPassages North, and Hobart. She is an alum of Tin House, The Banff Centre, and The Humber School for Writers.

 Nicole Hill, Edmonton

Nicole Hill is a lifelong Albertan and has been a member of the WGA board as a member-at-large since 2021. She teaches sociology and gender studies and is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. One of Nicole’s most recent publications is the co-edited collection, Obstetric Violence: Realities and Resistance from Around the World (2022), in which she is also a chapter author. Nicole has a BA in sociology and an MA in integrated studies from Athabasca University. In 2023, Nicole will complete her PhD in sociology from the University of Alberta, and a certificate in editing from Simon Fraser University. Nicole has a passion for writing that enriches and challenges our ways of thinking and doing.

 Anne Bailey, Edmonton

Anne Bailey: Anne’s writing career has two main trajectories. First, in 1993, she earned a PhD in English from Western University and published two books of literary criticism on Timothy Findley in 1998. Then, after a 12-year academic career, she moved into strategic communications at the University of Alberta and began a second career as a professional writer. Over 20-plus years, Anne held leadership roles in several key strategic communications units and served as speechwriter for three successive university presidents. She is now a self-employed professional writer and communications consultant.

Anne recently joined the WGA to reconnect with her roots as a literary writer as well as to develop more connections to the non-academic writing community in Alberta. Although a new member, she feels serving on the Board is an exciting opportunity to unite the two parts of her career—the literary and the professional. Working closely with the executive team at the U of A, she gained extensive experience in board and committee governance and has an excellent understanding of board roles and responsibilities. She brings expertise in strategic communications to the Board (from strategic planning to group facilitation to fundraising), and most importantly, to supporting and promoting Alberta writers and their work. It is her privilege to serve this thriving community. 

 Anna Shannon, Calgary

Anna Shannon (she/her) is a writer with publications in Existere Journal of Arts & Literature, NōD, Regulus Press, Remington Review, The Coachella Review, and more. She holds credentials in psychology and professional writing from the University of Calgary and lives in Treaty 7 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. To learn more, visit

Anna Shannon is currently writing a novel based on the life of a 19th century Canadian photographer, Alice, who travelled from Victoria to St. John’s with her photographer husband, Oliver Brown Buell. Her next book will be a creative nonfiction account of Oliver, delving deep into the research she’s conducted on their lives and work. If she ever finishes these books, she plans to give feature writing a try. Anna has had several short stories and essays published, and has fun experimenting with genre and narrative. Turns out she likes writing stories with dread, guilt, vigilantism, and quests to change lives with the power of meatloaf.

When she’s not writing with her feline companion, she’s playing Pickleball, running her condo board, and solving the latest murder on Brit Box. Anna has a background in corporate governance, technical writing, post-secondary administration, and costume construction. She enjoys her volunteer role as a reader for a national literary magazine, and the opportunities she’s had to support the work of the WGA.

Member at Large (Youth Rep):Kendall Bistretzan, Calgary

Kendall Bistretzan was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, before moving to Calgary in 2017. In 2021, she received her degree from Mount Royal University, majoring in journalism and minoring in creative writing. She’s worked as an investigative fellow for the Institute for Investigative Journalism, an editorial intern for Avenue Magazine, and is currently employed as a chase producer for QR Calgary. Outside of work, Kendall is the Co-Founder and Director of Communications for Sask Girls United, a non-profit that provides free online programming to youth across Saskatchewan. In her free time, Kendall writes prose and reviews that have been published in FreeFall Magazine, Understorey Magazine, Blue Marble Review and more. She is also working on her debut novel. As someone who enjoyed and appreciated the youth programming provided by her local writer’s guild growing up, Kendall is excited for the opportunity to facilitate experiences and connections for other young writers across Alberta.

Past President:Blaine Newton, Edmonton

Blaine Newton is a playwright, sketch and fiction writer, improviser and sometime engineer. His recent theatre productions include The Kyleness of Kyle and The Thin Grey Line, Cursive Writing Productions; Bravo, Shadow Theatre; Five Stages of Death, Cursive Writing Productions; and Oral Fixations (co-written with author Leslie Greentree), Ignition Theatre. His recent publications include the stories By the Numbers, Freefall Magazine, and Life in a Bottle, University of Bristol 2021 Anthology.

President:Blaine Newton, Edmonton
Vice President:Colin Martin, Calgary
Treasurer:Nicolas Brown, Westlock
Secretary:Moorea Gray, Calgary
Past President:Carol Parchewsky, Calgary
Members at Large:Dr. Kimberly Fraser, Sherwood Park | Nicole Hill, Edmonton | Dorothy Bentley, Southern Alberta, Rural | Moni Brar, Calgary 
President:Carol Parchewsky, Calgary
Vice President:Theresa Uchechi Ezeuko, Calgary
Treasurer:Nicolas Brown, Westlock
Secretary:Lori Hahnel, Calgary
Past President: 
Members at Large:Alison Clarke, Edmonton | Lisa Mulrooney, Stony Plain | Dr. Kimberly Fraser, Sherwood Park | Teresa Wouters, Grande Prairie | Sophie Pinkoski, Edmonton (Youth Rep)
President:Leslie Chivers, Edmonton
Vice President:Leanne Myggland-Carter, Spruce Grove
Treasurer:Susan Carpenter, Calgary
Secretary:Kevin Thornton, Fort McMurray
Past President:Carol Parchewsky, Calgary
Members at Large:Dr. Kimberly Fraser, Sherwood Park |Teresa Wouters, Grande Prairie | Sophie Pinkoski, Edmonton (Youth Rep)
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)
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*

Secretary:Gail Gravelines, Edmonton

2004/2005 (elected at AGM)
President:Anne Burke, Calgary
Vice President:Harvey Walker, St. Albert
Treasurer:Joan Marklund, Drumheller
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
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