2019 Executive Bios

Kathleen Schmitt


Kay is the author of two e-novels published 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. Kay is also interested in aboriginal issues in Canada and abroad. Kay published three volumes of devotional books entitled Seasons of the Feminine Divine with Crossroads Publishing in New York. Retired, she is seeking publication of an adult novel, Magnificat: Song of Justice. She will soon release a revised edition of Getting a Life and is writing a historical novel set in the 1930s.  Kathleen Schmitt @Amazon

Carol Tulpar

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

Carol Tulpar, a former Writing Mentor for the Writer’s Studio at Southbank in Surrey, has published essays, poetry, and short stories. She is seeking representation for a historical novel, The Habit of Secrecy. Moving between contemporary Canada and wartime Britain, the story deals with family secrets set against a background of national secrets. Carol also teaches occasional literature courses for SFU Continuing Education and writes regularly about books and other matters on her blog Essay-eh?.

Margo Bates

Past President | Member Programs & Publicity Committee| Chair, Membership Committee 

Margo teaches workshops on research strategies for writing fiction, non-fiction and humour writing, storytelling, and publicity for authors. In addition to her work as an author, she does public speaking, publicity, and photography. Margo is the past president of Canadian Authors—Metro Vancouver (Including Victoria), is its membership chair 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. A professional member of Canadian Authors, she also belongs to 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 moulded 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


Jean Kay has written a poem at the start of every morning since Oct 1997. Her books, Morning Light, and Christmas Poetry to Inspire are available on Amazon. Jean is published in newsletters, anthologies, magazines, Coffee News, and she sells framed poems, bookmarks, and prayer cards at craft fairs. She specializes in creating commissioned poems for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, etc. Jean is a professional member of Canadian Authors and treasurer of the Metro Vancouver branch. Jean wrote the music and lyrics for Canada, our Canada, a song to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary. It is still being sung by the Delta Elder College Singers in their concerts. Jean is also available as a copy editor and speaker.  www.poetrytoinspire.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.  www.robertwmackay.ca


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Whistler Independent Book Awards finalists announced.


FALL SEASON OPEN MIC: Wed Sep 11 from 7 – 9 pm. All are welcome. On-line pre-registration will be required, first come, first served. Online registration open here.

Save the date. Sept 29 at WORD Vancouver,  Canadian Authors presents a talk by Jonas Saul. Visit our table and learn more about what we do.

Featuring Vancouver Noir mystery writer Sam Wiebe on Wed Oct 9 and writer-editor Christina Myers at 7 p.m. on Wed Nov 13.

Our Annual General Meeting and winter social is scheduled for Mon Dec 2 at the Old Spaghetti Factory in New Westminster.

CA–Victoria News & Events


Fri Sep 6 from 5 to 7 pm: Writers Meet and Greet

Tue Oct 15 from 7 to 9 pm SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic, featuring Alfred Cool and Margaret Gracie

Tue Nov 19 from 7 to 9 pm SPOTLIGHT Prose Open Mic, featuring Laurel Deedrick-Mayne and Wallace George du Temple



Historic Joy Kogawa House, the home from which author Joy Kogawa’s family was displaced in 1942, is run by a not-for-profit organization. The house now serves as a cultural and heritage centre, a site of healing and reconciliation, and a place for author residencies.