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

BOARD CHAIR ~ 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 from point-zero when I was desperately looking to hone my debut novel for public consumption. They helped me keep my head above water and gain the necessary confidence to try new things.

With teaching as my background, volunteering for after-school programs and projects came second-nature for me, so 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.

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 ~ Nanci Pattenden

I volunteer with the WCYR so I can become more involved with the planning of events and bringing resources to our members. It allows me the opportunity to share my experiences and help those just getting started, as well as meeting other like-minded people in the community.

 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR ~ Kim McDougall

While writing can be an inspiring and exciting endeavor, it can also be isolating. Volunteering for the WCYR allows me to meet other writers and engage with them in the dialogue that continues to shape the world of literature. I have always been fascinated at how the online writing community generously helps one another. We’re all in this journey together. Any action that promotes literacy and writing benefits all writers. I truly believe this. Bringing this authors-helping-authors attitude to a local level with the WCYR has been truly fulfilling for me. On a more selfish level, interacting with other creative people is a great way to recharge my own artistic batteries.

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 ~ Douglas Owen

Working with the WCYR has opened up countless opportunities to grow my craft and get my name out there. It rewards me with confidence and allows me to face the outside world knowing there are countless friends helping me succeed. I asked myself why would I not give back a portion of my time? If I can assist just one person the way others have assisted me then I am helping continue the legacy of the organization’s founders–Supporting writers through their journey to becoming the best they can be.

Members at Large

BOARD ADVISOR ~ Elaine Jackson

I first volunteered because I wanted help and support with my writing, and I just happened to find out about the WCYR at a time when all the board positions were available (i.e the year it was founded). I have learned a great deal about the business of writing, as well as meeting friends who also write. Volunteering opened so many doors, and gave me the motivation to keep going when it felt like I was getting nowhere. I feel like I have benefited from the experience so much… I would highly recommend it to others.

PUBLICITY REPRESENTATIVE ~ Rose-Ann Marchitto 

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR ~ Lauren Mead

NEWSLETTER MANAGER ~ Allison Danger

YOUTH GROUP LEADER ~ Erika Loughran-MacNeil

Photo Credit: Ahmed Elfarram of Knight Photography

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.

 

 

WEBMASTERS:

  • WEB CONSULTANT ~ Vacant
  • WEBMASTER ~ Douglas Owen

ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR ~ Ronda Theaker

ASSISTANT SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATORS:

  • Co-Events Coordinator ~ Nanci Pattenden
  • Special Event Aid ~ Val Tobin
  • Special Event Aid ~ Gary McGugan
  • Contest/Grant Coordinators ~ Vacant

ASSISTANT MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR ~ Loni Cameron

BLOG EDITOR ~ Marilyn Carr

HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR(s) ~ Mark Koning & Marie Vail

VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR ~ Vacant

LIBRARY LIAISON ~ Rae Keen

Volunteers

RAFFLE ORGANIZER ~ Maria Marchese 

LENDING LIBRARIANS:

  • Lead ~ Allison Hannah
  • Helpers ~ Vicki Pinkerton, Melissa Small, & Jackie Kaminski

EASY WRITER BLOGGERS:

  • Loni Cameron (Meetings, Membership Perks, Volunteer Announcements)
  • Val Tobin (Page Turner series)
  • MJ Moores (Special Events)

THE BOOKSHELF TEAM:

  • Event Coordinators ~ Nanci Pattenden & Val Tobin
  • Sponsorship Coordinator ~ MJ Moores
  • Vendor Coordinator ~ Nava Isreal
  • Social Media Coordinator ~ Agnes Jankiewicz
  • Volunteers’ Coordinator ~ Genevieve Chatel
  • Readings Coordinator ~ Loni Cameron
  • Event Day Manager ~ Genevieve Chatel
  • Webmaster ~ Douglas Owen

CRITIQUE GROUP ORGANIZER ~ Rae Keen

OCCASIONAL SEMINAR DAY-HELPERS:

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

ELECTIONS OFFICER ~ Maria Marchese (2020)

FARMERS MARKET REPRESENTATIVE ~ Vacant

OPEN MIC READINGS HOST/MC ~ Erika Loughran-MacNeil