WCDR is administered by a board of volunteers who guide the group’s activities according to the members’ needs and interests. Contact the Board here.
Introducing your new board…
At the June 10th RoundTable and Annual General Meeting, WCDR announced the 10 members, some returning and some new, who will comprise the board in 2017/2018.
President – Jenny Madore
Jenny Madore is a full-time writer of romance of many genres – urban fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, and historical. Blessed to be a love-at-first-sight girl herself, 29 years later she still loves that boy and believes everyone deserves a happily-ever-after like theirs. She also believes in life adventures and has worked with lions and tigers, lived in the rainforests of Central America, and has recently resumed her training in falconry. Jenny believes that we should make our real lives as exciting and fulfilling as the lives we dream up in our writing. The author of a self-published, urban fantasy series where alpha women kick butt and devour the gorgeous male warriors around them, Jenny is working on becoming a hybrid writer and breaking into the traditional publishing market.
Vice President – Marissa Campbell
Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. Look for her debut historical fiction Avelynn coming September 8th, 2015, from St. Martin’s Press. Currently, hard at work on the second book in the Avelynn Series, she is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writers’ Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7.
When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!
Treasurer – Dawn riddoch
Membership Coordinator – Carmen kirschling
As a Human Resources Professional, Carmen trained extensively in technical writing and produced reams of material that fulfilled legislative and corporate requirements. All highly impersonal and yawn-producing. After retiring, Carmen is infusing humanity back into her writing, which focusses on memoir and creative non-fiction. She also spends time editing non-fiction, facilitating a few writing workshops here and there, and honing her graphology skills. Oh, and splurging on books, lots of books. Genre doesn’t matter – as long there’s a good story, she’s interested.
Events Coordinator – Lesley Cadham
Lesley has made it a lifelong commitment to expand her life experience by stretching her own limits…at one time, she had her eye on a diploma in aircraft engineering and has dabbled at the other end of the spectrum, in dairy farming and bovine genetics. Lesley has a degree in Journalism/Sociology from Concordia University and for many years was in the trenches as a journalist and editor of an Ontario newspaper. Lesley later turned her focus to technical writing, graphic design, research and photography, largely for the commercial real estate industry.
After many years as a technical writer, Lesley has found the return to creative writing a challenge. Intrigued by the magic and power of words, Lesley constantly strives to create the perfect sequence and combination of English to strongly stir emotion and evoke powerful images.
secretary – RenÉe M. Sgroi
Renée M. Sgroi began writing poetry and short stories at the age of eight. She has gone on to write many other things, including a thesis, a dissertation, academic journal articles, book chapters, and even a textbook. Seven years ago, she decided to return to writing poetry and fiction, and has had her poetry published in Canadian poetry magazines and journals. She is the President of the Brooklin Poetry Society, a member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW), and has for the past two years been a member of WCDR. She hopes to make a valuable contribution in her new role as Secretary for WCDR.
social media – Kim Mccutcheon
Kim McCutcheon has often been described as being “born with a pen in her hand”. Kim has maintained a long love affair with reading and writing and has an ever-increasing passion for the arts. Kim has earned joint Psychology / English degree from the University of Toronto and has worked as a Communications Consultant, writing for a Toronto-based benefits consulting firm. She presently manages national sales for a Montreal-based publisher. Kim is at her best when she is “creating” and is currently working on her first “best-seller”.
Speaker Coordinator – Sylvia Chiang
Sylvia Chiang is a French teacher by day and a writer of children’s fiction by night. Somewhere in between she finds time for yoga and raising two energetic girls who love to read. She wrote her first middle grade novel to appeal to her middle grade students who would rather play video games than read. CROSS UPS – TOURNAMENT TROUBLE, will be published by Annick Press in March 2018. She is currently working on the sequel.
Master Class Coordinator – Sandra Clarke
Sandra, aka SJ Clarke, is a multiple award-winning author of romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. She has one published novel under her belt and another sitting in the inboxes of two prospective agents. She is also a co-author of Touretties a touching tribute featuring testimonials from patients and and their loved ones living with Tourettes. With five additional novels in various stages of completion, and a new series nipping at her brain and distracting her from her current WIPs, Sandra is keeping busy. She has also published over fifty articles as a columnist and regular contributor for a variety of lifestyle and human interest websites..
Sandra is proud to sit on the Board of Directors for The Ontario Writer’s Conference and is a member of Romance Writers of America and Toronto Romance Writers. She is a grateful member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region, and attributes this organization and its many generous members for much of her growth and success as a writer. She is beyond excited to add her role on the WCDR board to her CV.
RoundTable Coordinator – Naomi Mesbur
Naomi Mesbur has been writing under the name Mimi Jones-Taylor for thirty years, but only started taking her pieces out of the desk drawer in 2011. She has been a member in good standing of the WCDR since 2013, is the current President of the Ontario Writers Conference (OWC), and is the Durham Region West Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo. An erotic fiction and realist romance writer, she can often be found reading her emotion-filled prosetry at Words of the Season, and was a finalist in both the 2013 and 2016 WCDR Slam contests. Naomi is a single mother to a neurodivergent eleven-year-old boy who shares her need to create imaginary worlds. She plays a Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar, and is passionate about road cycling, hockey, and all things Irish. Her favourite non-local authors are Stuart Neville and James Joyce. In her spare time, Naomi works as a paralegal specializing in Intellectual Property and Media Law.