Executive Committee

The Canadian Authors National Capital Region Branch is managed by an executive committee. All positions are volunteer.

Executive Committee Members

Chair: Arlene Smith

Treasurer: Frank Hegyi

Recording Secretary: Phyllis Bohonis

Membership Coordinator: Christine Beelen

Program Coordinator: Available for you

Branch Historian: Gill Foss

Want to help?

Whether you have only 15 minutes each month or huge blocks of free time, we have plenty for you to do—from bits-and-pieces to mega-projects. Take a look at our tasks and choose any one according to your availability.

  • Take digital photographs at meetings and workshops.
  • Help us maintain Facebook and Twitter.
  • Distribute our email information.
  • Lead a writers’ circle in your area.
  • Help us with publicity through libraries, bookstores, learning institutions and media

Contact us to discuss how you can help. Keep in mind that we’re always open to suggestions.

CAA Fred Kerner Book Award

Ahmad Danny Ramadan
THE CLOTHESLINE SWING, Nightwood Editions
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was named among the Best Books of 2017 by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. It was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018 and shortlisted for the Evergreen Award 2018.

About the Award
The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.
Fred Kerner was a devoted and longtime CAA member. An Honorary President of the association until his passing in 2011 at 90, Fred was an author, journalist, editor, teacher, and mentor. He wrote more than twelve books and also wrote for magazines, radio and TV, and he gave unstintingly of his time to assist emerging writers.