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.
Co-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!
Co-President – Sandra Clarke
Sandra, writing as 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, thanks to WCDR’s Skip The Slush Pile program. 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 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.
Treasurer – Diana Rigby
Monthly Network Meeting Coordinator – Polo Lonergan
Master Class Coordinator – Lana Pickering
Membership Coordinator – Maureen Curry
Communications & Events – Sara Rigotti
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.
Secretary – Naomi Mesbur
Naomi Mesbur has been writing under the name Mimi Jones-Taylor for over 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 shares her life with two important people: her neurodivergent son who shares her need to create imaginary worlds; and her betrothed, the host of the long-running Deadthyme radio program in Houston, Texas. She plays a Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar, and is passionate about road cycling, hockey, Texas, 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.
Vice-President – Madhav Kochunni
Madhav Kochunni’s rollercoaster career ride began in Bombay,India. The first part of the ride took him through the world
of publishing instilling in him the finer aspects of writing, editing, proofing, print production, and interviewing.
Seven years later, he embarked on the second leg of his career into advertising. Besides enjoying the duties of a copywriter, creative lead, and client services representative for nine years, he learned graphic design and gained experience in pre-print production.
In 1999, he decided to move to Toronto which coincided with the third leg and most exciting part of his career. The learning bug made Madhav’s mind its permanent home. Madhav tackled the internet teaching himself web design and development keeping in mind the constantly changing trends and raising his own standards intuitively. He is well versed in the latest web and interactive technologies.
Member At Large – Joyce Perrin
Joyce Perrin joined WCDR when she returned to Canada. She published many professional articles while Chief Executive Officer in her Hospital Administration career. Later she authored the chapter “50 Plus Workers Abroad, in The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas” now available online at many Universities in Canada and the USA. She has lived or worked in fourteen countries, traveled the world in her sixties to the seven continents, one hundred plus countries and authored many travel articles.
Joyce has begun a memoir about her travel experiences and life lessons she learned during her many (mis)adventures such as being circled by a tiger shark while scuba diving and successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Joyce shares her escapades with her twelve grandchildren, family and many friends world-wide.
Past-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.