2017 Executive Bios

Kathleen Schmitt

President

Kay is the author of two e-novels now online, Getting a Life and Conversations with Amelia, both stories about young girls coming of age but in very different contexts. She has published short stories in literary magazines and anthologies, and even a few poems. Her writing almost always deals with issues of social justice with a feminist edge. She is a member of Cristosal, an organization that raises both funds for and awareness of the social realities in El Salvador where she lived and worked for three years. She is also interested in aboriginal issues in Canada and abroad. Retired, she is revising an adult novel, Under the Guanacaste Tree, and is writing a historical novel set in the 1930’s. Kathleen Schmitt @Amazon

Carol Tulpar

Vice-President | Editor, News You Can Use Newsletter |
Chair, Programs & Publicity Committee

Carol Tulpar is a Writing Mentor at Southbank, the Surrey summer program offered by the Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies. She has published essays, poetry, and short stories. Currently, she is working on her first novel, which portrays family secrets against a background of national secrets. The story line, set in contemporary Canada, reaches back in time to WWII London and the wartime code-breaking centre of Bletchley Park. Carol regularly blogs on books and other matters at Essay-eh?

Margo Bates

Past President | Member Programs & Publicity Committee

Margo teaches workshops on research strategies for writing fiction, non-fiction and humour writing, storytelling, and publicity for authors. She does public speaking, publicity, and photography. The author of P.S. Don’t Tell Your Mother and The Queen of a Gated Community, she is currently writing The Funeral Follower. Margo is the past president of Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver and is a member of its program & publicity committee. She served nationally as vice-chair and as chair of the Fundraising & Sponsorship Committee. Margo has worked on high-profile public relations projects and events in Canada, the United States and London, England with her Vancouver-based company, Margo Bates Publicity. She belongs to Rainwriters writing group, the Federation of BC Writers and RCLAS – Royal City Literary Arts Society. She’s an alumna of Erma Bombeck Humour Writers Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio. And, she’s a darn good cook. margobates.com

Maureen MacDonald

Recording Secretary

Maureen is a writer and student of creative non-fiction. Her interests have been molded by a career in public education where her positions spanned from teacher to senior district administrator. As an educator, Maureen published regular professional articles and two resource books in 2008 and 2014. Global development and overcoming poverty through education has taken her to work in Kenya and devote several years to ACCES, the African Canadian Continuing Education Society. She is a graduate of the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive program. Her goal was to complete a story about females against the wilderness. VANsecretary@canadianauthors.org

Jean Kay

Treasurer | Coordinator Annual Story Contest | National Voices Anthology

Jean is a prolific poet who has written at least one poem every day for twenty years. She is working on her fourth book of poetry. Her poems have been published in newsletters, anthologies, magazines, as framed poems, bookmarks, and prayer cards. Jean specializes in commissioned poems for birthdays, weddings, retirements, and other special events. Canada, Our Canada is the title of the song Jean wrote and composed for Canada’s 150th anniversary. It has been receiving rave reviews and is available for choirs across Canada. www.poetrytoinspire.com

Bernice Lever

Writer-in-Residence

Bernice has an MA English, York University. She is the long-time Writer-in-Residence for Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver and has taught English and Creative Writing at Toronto area colleges for decades. Her prose books include a textbook for Seneca College. She is well known for editing WAVES, a literary magazine, 1972-1987. Now back in her home province and living on Bowen Island, the winner of many awards, she has nine poetry books including “Red Letter Day” (Black Moss, 2014) and a few prose books. www.colourofwords.com

Robert. W. Mackay

Member-at-Large | Member Programs & Publicity Committee

Bob attended the University of British Columbia and spent ten years in the Canadian Navy with service in destroyers and submarines. He subsequently taught school and practiced law. His first published novel is IPPY gold-medal-winning Soldier of the Horse, the story of his father’s time in the WW I Canadian Cavalry Brigade. His second book, Terror on the Alert, is set in a Canadian submarine during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was published in August 2014, in time for the 100th anniversary of submarines in Canada. Terror on the Alert won an IPPY silver medal in 2015. Bob served as president of Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver from 2010 to 2011, and is on the Canadian Authors national board of directors, serving as the regional director for British Columbia and Yukon. He also chairs the Canadian Authors National Governance Committee.  www.robertwmackay.ca

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