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 ~ Jennifer Sharko (stepping down March 2018)

At my first WCYR meeting I was overwhelmed by the welcome I received. As I continued to attend more and more meetings, I developed friendships with a variety of people from many walks of life who have inspired me to pursue my dream of being a writer.

Then I found out WCYR needed my help. So I started to volunteer. At first, I helped at meetings and then I joined the board. Currently I’m the Membership Chair, a role I love, and I hope to be able to create a Volunteer Chair, a position that will allow people to find ways they too can help the WCYR.

Not-for-profit organizations can’t exist without dedicated and hard working volunteers to keep them going and to introduce new programs. Having worked in not-for-profits I know without volunteers the needs of the community they serve will not be met.

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 ~ Andrea Beal

I am very new to the WCYR board and still exploring how best to make my contribution to this organization and the way it supports writers. I firmly believe that the way to make the most of any experience is to put something of myself into it. I have tried to do that with any organization that I’ve been involved with, and will do the same with WCYR. My official role is in publicity, but, as with any board, that is just the beginning. Attending board meetings, supporting programs and helping to make decisions around future directions are all part of the job. I look forward to finding the places that my particular skills are needed and using those skills to make contributions that will be helpful to this writers community.

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR ~ Agnes Jankiewicz

As a young person, I always wanted to connect with other like-minded individuals and was not aware of the existence of groups that promoted writing in my community. As I began to get more serious about my writing, I joined various online communities, but I still felt something was missing–an in-person connection. Volunteering for the WCYR allows me to create those in-person connections while giving back and ensuring that future writers know of such an incredibly welcoming group. As the Social Media Coordinator, I also get to utilize my day job skills and use them for a cause I truly find worthwhile.

NEWSLETTER MANAGER ~ Corrie Adams

As a single mom with a full-time day job, I’ve grown used to finding spare moments of the day for my writing. Early in the morning, late at night, stolen minutes over a sandwich at lunch…this is where I do my work.

The WCYR is my chosen tribe, and I love that I can give back in the way that works best for me. The role of Newsletter Manager is one that fits well into my busy schedule, and it also suits my fairly balanced, left brain/right brain personality.

My favourite part of the WCYR is that it brings solitary writers together, and I am proud to play a small part in building our community.

 

YOUTH GROUP LEADER ~ Erika Willaert

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 ~ Christopher Rogers

I started volunteering with the WCYR to feel more connected — not only to other writers but to other like-minded people in the community. That same community has provided me with fantastic experiences and opportunities that have helped me grow as both a writer and as an individual. My hope is that by volunteering as webmaster, my contributions can help others easily find and connect with the WCYR, and hopefully, become part of the community that has provided me with so much.

  • WEB TECHNICIAN ~ 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.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR’S ASSISTANT ~ Patti M. Hall

SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR’S ASSISTANT(s):

  • Co-Events Coordinator ~ 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.

 

  • Contest/Grant Coordinator ~ Vacant

BLOG EDITOR ~ Linda Francis

HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR ~ Mark Koning

VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR ~ Vacant

LIBRARY LIAISON ~ Vacant

Volunteers

RAFFLE ORGANIZER ~ Vacant

LENDING LIBRARIAN ~ Sherry Loeffler

MEETING/WORKSHOP BLOGGERS:

  • Loni Cameron

THE BOOKSHELF TEAM:

  • Event Coordinator ~ Douglas Owen
  • Sponsorship Coordinator ~ Nanci Pattenden
  • Vendor Coordinator ~ Robert Rinne
  • Social Media Coordinator ~ Agnes Jankiewicz
  • Volunteers’ Coordinator ~ Mark Koning
  • Readings Coordinator ~ MJ Moores
  • Event Day Manager ~ Genevieve Chatel
  • Webmaster ~ Douglas Owen

CRITIQUE GROUP ORGANIZER ~ Vacant

OCCASIONAL SEMINAR DAY-HELPERS:

  • Susan Barak
  • Vicki Pinkerton
  • OPEN/Vacant

HIGH SCHOOL OUTREACH ~ Vacant

ELECTIONS OFFICER ~ Vacant

FARMERS MARKET REPRESENTATIVE ~ Vacant

OPEN MIC READINGS HOST/MCs:

  • MJ Moores
  • Nanci Pattenden
  • Charlene Jones
  • Doug Owen
  • OPEN/Vacant