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Hughena Matheson

president

Hughena was born and raised in Sydney, Cape Breton. She received a B.A. from Mount Allison University and then studied at the Ontario College of Education. For many years, Hughena taught English and Peer Tutoring in Ontario high schools. She was presented with a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Certificate of Achievement) for 2001-2002, mainly for her work with Peer Tutoring.  After retirement, Hughena worked for Rubicon Publishing, writing and editing for their series The 10. After that, she worked for Vitalink Canada Inc., marketing and selling educational materials to schools across Canada.  

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Anna Ling Kaye

Vice President

Anna Ling Kaye is a writer and editor based in Vancouver. A former editor at PRISM international and Ricepaper magazines, Anna is co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival, a celebration of mixed heritage arts and ideas. A moderator for events such as the Vancouver Writers Fest, AWP conference, and Indian Summer Festival, Anna’s fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize.

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Don Oravec

Treasurer

Don has worked in the cultural sector for over 25 years, first at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Marketing, Customer Service and Development, then at Tafelmusik, Canada’s Baroque Orchestra as the Director of Development. While at Tafelmusik Don helped the organization establish a one-million-dollar endowment and increased their corporate and individual donors. In 2003 Don moved to the Writers’ Trust of Canada where he was Director of Fund Development and from 2005 to 2012 he was Executive Director. The Writers’ Trust is a national organization dedicated to making the lives of professional Canadian writers better. In 2012 Don retired and is now splitting his time between Toronto and Fort Lauderdale and traveling to places on his ‘bucket list’. He has a seat on the board of Toronto’s Word on the Street and he is part of a group helping to create a Canadian women’s writing prize for fiction (called the The Carol Shields Prize for Fiction). A launch date has not been established. Don had the adventure of a lifetime — in 1989 he ‘retired’ for the first time, packed his bags and moved to Montserrat in the West Indies. He survived hurricane Hugo, which hit the island as a category five storm and then in 2004 he sold his home on the island two months before the dormant volcano erupted for the first time in 400 years.

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Linda Hughes

Secretary

Linda's many career changes result from having lived in BC, Alberta, New York state, and now Ontario. A graduate of Queens U, she has been an educator at various secondary schools, a Hansard editor, a college conference manager at Grant McEwan University, a copy editor for Wolfe newspapers in NY state, a medical publishing editor and manager for Decker Electronic Publishing in Hamilton, an editor at educational publisher Rubicon, and a program head at the Hamilton Community Foundation amongst other ventures. She loves Project Bookmark, and its visionary mission and enjoys working to help move the project forward.

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Alma Lee

Executive Member

Alma Lee was the founding Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival, one of Vancouver’s most prestigious cultural events. She also was the founding Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada and The Writers’ Trust of Canada. Alma worked for several years as an associate producer in charge of script development for Universal Pictures when they had a production office in Toronto. She moved to Vancouver in 1984. Ms. Lee was inducted into the Order of Canada, is a YWCA Woman of Distinction, and has received an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University. She was also recently a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal and was given The Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Award for distinguished contribution to the literary community.

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Susan Lightstone

Executive Member

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Susan Lightstone works as an educator, lawyer and writer/editor.  She practiced banking and corporate law at the Bank of Canada and served as the education director at the National Judicial Institute, the educational organization which serves the Canadian judiciary.  In 2011, Susan joined the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto, advising the Court on the design, development and delivery of their educational programming for justices of the peace and judges.  Currently, she serves as Counsel in the Office of the Chief Justice, Ontario Court of Justice.

Susan worked as a part-time professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, where she taught persuasive writing, and has co-authoring several books and has appeared in an array of publications, including the Globe and Mail and the Canadian Bar Association’s National.

From 1994 to 2015, she was a lawyer member of Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board. 

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Munju Ravindra

Executive Member

Munju Ravindra is an interpretive planner and natural scientist, with over fifteen years experience in interpretive planning, nature conservation, and community development. Munju currently works in these capacities for Gros Morne National Park/ UNESCO World Heritage Site in Newfoundland where, for half the year, she trains, mentors and supervises the entire team of frontline interpretive guides, as well as overseeing interpretive trail development, exhibits, and publications. For the other half of the year, Munju runs Ideas Unlimited Consulting from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her clients have included the World Bank (for which she advised the Albanian government on the development of cultural and ecological tourism around Albania’s showpiece National Park, Butrint World Heritage Site) and the Atlantic ÉCONOMUSÉE Network of four innovative visitor interpretation centres (artisans showcasing the historical background and production process inherent in their craft or trade, allowing visitors to see ‘artisans at work’). In each ÉCONOMUSÉE, she was involved in research, thematic concept development, exhibit design, storyboarding, production, installation, and overall project management.  Munju has a knack for finding the story in everything (including marketing and business development), and she is often consulted by her colleagues in the tourism industry for advice on getting the story front and centre, and in honing its appeal to varied audiences or markets. Her strong programming background has led her to focus on creating ‘transformative’ visitor experiences through innovative on-site and outreach programs and she works with the education community, front line interpreters, and partner organizations to come up with new ways of engaging audiences. 

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Bianca Spence

Executive Member

Bianca Spence is an arts administrator and publishing professional with over fifteen years of experience in the industry. Her career has included stints at McClelland & Stewart, Cormorant Books, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Whether in editorial, rights management, or marketing and publicity, she has worked with authors who have won or been nominated for the Giller Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and Canada Reads. 

After numerous heat advisories, along with a lack of air conditioning on 20% of cars on the Bloor-Danforth subway line, Bianca issued a “hot car challenge” to Toronto Mayor John Tory via Twitter. Mayor Tory accepted the challenge, and together they rode the entire stretch of the Bloor-Danforth line a non-air-conditioned subway. Since that ride, Bianca has been nominated as one of Samara Canada’s 2016 Everyday Political Citizens.  

An avid book lover, Bianca lives in Toronto where she remains actively involved in the publishing industry.

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