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

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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.

SECRETARY ~ Loni Cameron

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Co-PROGRAM COORDINATORs ~

 

Allison Hannah

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Agnes Jankiewicz

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MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR ~ Craig Hodgins

I joined the WCYR to meet other writers and get some excellent education on the craft of writing. When the call came out that a membership coordinator was needed, I saw it as a chance to get more involved. While a volunteer doesn’t receive payment, a volunteer does get rewards. I get to work with dedicated volunteers, meet interesting people, and help our organization move forward. It is also wonderful to receive positive feedback from our membership who appreciate the value of the WCYR to their lives.

SPECIAL EVENTS 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

PUBLICITY REPRESENTATIVE ~ Rose-Ann Marchitto 

SOCIAL MEDIA LEADER ~ Loni Cameron

SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT ~ Stephanie Craig

NEWSLETTER MANAGER ~ Allison Danger

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 Leader ~ MC Perron
  • Contest/Grant Coordinators ~ Vacant [temp. MJ Moores]

ASSISTANT MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR ~ Shashi Tuteja

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)
  • Val Tobin (Page Turner series)

THE BOOKSHELF TEAM:

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

CRITIQUE GROUP ORGANIZER ~ Rae Keen

OCCASIONAL SEMINAR DAY-HELPERS:

  • Sheila Horne
  • Vicki Pinkerton
  • Val Tobin
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ELECTIONS OFFICER ~ Vacant (2022)

FARMERS MARKET REPRESENTATIVE ~ Vacant

OPEN MIC READINGS HOST/MC ~ Erika Macneil