The WCYR Team

A huge part of any not-for-profit organization is its team of volunteers. Without dedicated, like-minded individuals who are truly interested in making this community a thriving, living creation, we would be lost.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, click HERE for all Team Job Descriptions and contact information.

The Board

Co-BOARD CHAIRs ~

Mit Gopaul

As a software and database specialist, Gopaul wrote seven books for IT professionals. He then turned his attention to writing two books on spirituality, which paved the way for a hidden passion to emerge. When crafting and completing Tainted Justice, a novel, a lifelong dream of Gopaul’s has now become reality.  Next he was inspired to write and publish Justice Denied, another thriller. More important to this project is his work as an author, speaker, presenter, and workshop facilitator that spans over thirty years. More information about books by V. M. Gopaul can be found at http://onenessmovementforhumanity.com/book/. Some of them are: Teach the Baha’i Faith with Ease, Family Virtues, 7 Ways to Obtain Divine Gifts and Powers and Preserving Oneness of Humanity. 

Gary D. McGugan

Volunteering provides opportunities for Networking and Mentoring. In my 40+ years working at senior levels of large multinational corporations, I learned these may be the most valuable attributes of all. Every member of our writing community has excellent opportunities to do both. We’re an eclectic group of writers. Some among us also edit, proofread, or design graphics. Several are published authors, through traditional channels or independently. And every member has unique skills and insights from which other writers can benefit. I joined the WCYR to network with these excellent folks and have found the experience enriching and rewarding. I’ve agreed to co-chair our board of directors this year to help mentor our evolution and best support our members ongoing writing needs. If you’re a writer and not yet a member of WCYR, I urge you to check us out. I think you’ll like what you see!

TREASURER ~ Lauren Solar

My parents are both lifelong, copious volunteers. A list of their various volunteer positions I once compiled covered two full letter-size pages. As a child, I saw the fulfillment and pleasure my parents derived from this and the opportunities it gave them. I learned that if you found a community that was of service to you, you should offer your services to it. I have found the WCYR to be a good resource and a supportive network for me, and so I have offered my services in a capacity that ties into my work history: bookkeeping. I am also the President of the York Region Community Choir and a regular volunteer with Food Allergy Canada. I find all of these communities and my work within them very rewarding. Through these commitments, I have met many people and made many friends.

PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR ~ Loni Cameron

Writing and reading wherever I go. I’m not the girl I used to be. I’ve become an adult without realizing it. I still have my youthful fancy, but I’m much more responsible. It’s scary. I’m a wife and mother. I am still a writer and reader. So many books to read, so many stories to tell. Twitter: @LoniStorm Instagram: loni_storm Facebook: @LoniCameronWriter LinkedIn: Loni Cameron Writing Focus or Interests: Fiction – Multiple Genres, Novels, Short Stories

 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR ~ Allison Hannah

My name is Allison and I have been a WCYR member for three years. I love to write alone and with others. I am the incoming program coordinator for WCYR. I attend any and all workshops and events WCYR offers and enjoy spending time with my writerly friends on zoom or in person when possible.

Writing Focus or Interests: memoir, short stories (fiction)

 

MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR ~ Shashi Tuteja

After retiring from a senior corporate role, I decided to pursue my creative hobbies of writing and oil painting on canvas. I joined the WCYR to learn more about the craft of writing and network with other writers and professionals in the Industry. I was happy to get more involved as a membership coordinator, as this would give me an opportunity to meet other writers who are on the same journey, enjoying the pleasures of imagining a character and story but also facing the related challenges. I am looking forward to meeting other volunteers through the various activities that WCYR undertakes. I also hope to help others and contribute to the great work being done by WCYR. It is said that a writing life can be lonely and with WCYR, it will be less so.

SECRETARY ~ Sheila Horne Teixeira

I started writing at fourteen years old while living in a small town in Texas. I filled notebooks with short stories inspired by beach movies, cheerleaders and football players. In my sixteenth year, we moved to Toronto. I switched from stories to protest poems fuelled by the lyrics of Bob Dylan. Then came my thirties. I put writing aside for diapers, Dr. Seuss and tying shoelaces, returning to it in my forties when I enrolled in the George Brown Creative Writing Program.

Years later when my contract in mental health ended, I focused on writing articles and short stories for publication in magazines and anthologies. Taught creative writing, facilitated writing workshops and critique groups. Over the years I wrote three novels: Sunshine Girls, Paper Sun, Place in the Sun. That’s when I realized as much as I love my friends they aren’t always interested in my writing woes or the problems with the characters in my stories. So, I joined the WCYR. It didn’t take me long to recognize that I was part of an inspiring organization. Not only do I meet other writers, the WCYR provides their members with support, opportunities to attend workshops, and be part of events. This year I decided to give back and become a volunteer on their Board of Directors. I hope one day to meet everyone in person.    

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES COORDINATOR ~ Vacant

Members at Large

BOARD ADVISOR ~ MJ Moores

Reading and writing have long been a passion of mine that really didn’t start to feel “legitimate” until I joined a critique group and subsequently a writer’s organization. The WCYR family welcomed me with open arms. When I decided to leave teaching and go into editing/writing full-time, I felt a need to give back to the community that had done some much for me (and continues to do so). I’m an extremely busy person, but I will always have time to help others and support fantastic communities like the WCYR.

YOUTH GROUP LEADER ~ Erika Macneil

A teacher has the unique opportunity to participate in someone’s learning as both facilitator and mentor. There is no greater joy than to witness a student’s aspiration to surpass your own. And the gratitude they feel for your contribution returns that joy a thousand-fold. I have the distinct honour of leading our youth forum in this literary endeavour. Photo Credit: Ahmed Elfarram of Knight Photography

ASSISTANT MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR ~ Ruth Patterson

PUBLICITY REPRESENTATIVE ~ Vacant

SOCIAL MEDIA LEADER ~ Loni Cameron

SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT ~ Stephanie Craig

NEWSLETTER LEADER ~ Alyssa Vorobey

WEBMASTER ~ Rampant Wolf Media

ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR ~ Ronda Theaker

ASSISTANT SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATORS:

  • Special Events Assistant ~ Nanci Pattenden
  • Special Event Aid ~ MJ Moores
  • Special Event Aid ~ Cameron Currie
  • Virtual Write-In Leaders ~ MC Perron, Melissa Small, Loni Cameron
  • Contest/Grant Coordinators ~ Vacant [temp. MJ Moores]

BLOG EDITOR ~ Marilyn Carr

HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR(s) ~ Mark Koning & Marie Vail

MAGAZINE TEAM:

  • Manager ~ Vacant
  • Aide ~ Jacqueline Gratton
  • Layout/Graphic Designer ~ Vacant

VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR ~ Vacant

LIBRARY LIAISON ~ Rae Keen

Volunteers

RAFFLE ORGANIZER ~ Maria Marchese 

LENDING LIBRARIANS:

  • Lead ~ Allison Hannah
  • Helpers ~ Vacant

EASY WRITER BLOGGERS:

  • Loni Cameron (Meetings, Membership Perks, Volunteer Announcements)

THE BOOKSHELF TEAM:

  • Event Coordinator ~ Cameron Currie
  • Sponsorship Coordinator ~ Vacant
  • Vendor Coordinator ~ Melissa Small
  • Social Media Coordinator ~ Loni Cameron
  • Volunteers’ Coordinator ~ Genevieve Chatel
  • Readings Coordinator ~ Vacant
  • Event Day Manager ~ Genevieve Chatel
  • Webmaster ~ Rampant Wolf Media

OCCASIONAL SEMINAR DAY-HELPERS:

  • Sheila Horne
  • Vicki Pinkerton
  • Val Tobin
  • OPEN/Vacant
  • OPEN/Vacant

ELECTIONS OFFICER ~ Vacant (2022)

FARMERS MARKET REPRESENTATIVE ~ Vacant

OPEN MIC READINGS HOST/MC ~ Erika Macneil

YOUTUBE CHANNEL MANAGER ~ Vacant