Kim Pittaway, President

Kim Pittaway is a writer, editor and educator. She is the Executive Director of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King's College, the former Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine magazine, an 8-time National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) nominee, and the 2016 recipient of the NMAF's Outstanding Achievement Award. She is a former president of the NMAF and a former board member of ABC Life Literacy Canada. She has taught in the journalism programs at King's and Ryerson University and is a frequent seminar presenter. She is at work on a memoir that explores the question "Is forgiveness necessary?"

Veronica Purcell, Vice-President  

Veronica Purcell is the author of the self-published fantasy series The Blue Portal and the memoir Kindling Friendships. She lives in West LaHave on the South Shore. Before retiring and moving to Nova Scotia, she was an educator in Ontario. She spent the last part of her teaching career as the Literacy Coordinator for over eighty elementary schools. In her role as coordinator, she developed and facilitated numerous literacy workshops for teachers, created and oversaw the administration of a fluency intervention program, and provided resources and teacher training for a system-wide writing initiative. In addition to her work with the school board she was an adjunct professor at York University and Charles Sturt University. She has presented literacy workshops to educators both in Canada and the United States. Veronica received an Award of Merit for her work with Early Literacy teachers and an Award of Merit for her leadership in literacy education. 

Gerald Trites, Treasurer

Gerald D. Trites, FCPA, FCA, CISA, (Jerry) is Executive Director of XBRL Canada on behalf of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). He also works as a researcher/writer. He has written fourteen research studies and other books and booklets, on business and technology related topics as well as numerous articles and essays in various publications. Prior to his current activities, Jerry was a tenured full professor at St Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia (1996 – 2006), where he served as Director of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems (2001 – 2002) and Chair of the Department of Information Systems, 2002 – 2003. While there, he published a textbook, ‘E-Business, A Canadian Perspective’ which went to four editions. He has published several short stories in literary journals and in a book. He is also Editor of The Antigonish Review and is working on a novel set in Halifax.

Sarah Sawler, Secretary

Sarah Sawler is the author of 100 Things You Don't You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia, and has a number of children’s books (both fiction and nonfiction) in various states of completion and publication. She’s a regular contributor to Halifax Magazine, Atlantic Business Magazine, and Atlantic Books Today, and a kidlit reviewer for the Quill & Quire. She holds degree in English and Political Science from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Creative Writing Certificate from Humber College. In previous lives, she has worked as a bookseller, a publicist for a YA publisher, and a technical writing instructor. 

Carol Bruneau, Past-President

Based in Halifax, Carol Bruneau is the author of seven books—three short story collections, including the forthcoming A Bird on Every Tree, and four novels, which include her most recent, These Good Hands. A past winner of the Dartmouth Book Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, she has had two novels published internationally. Her stories, reviews and essays have appeared in various Canadian journals and anthologies. 

Gwen Davies, Director-at-Large

Gwen Davies is an award-winning writer of fiction and teacher of creative writing. Her collection of short stories, Facing the Other Way, came out in 2016. As an active member of the writing community, she created and directed (with the support of a great team) the Community of Writers, a unique writing retreat at the Tatamagouche Centre. For many years, she has earned a living as a plain language specialist, translating public materials like your power bill into something intended readers can understand quickly and use, and has published non-fiction books, essays, and on-line articles on using plain language, most recently, 5 Keys on Building a Clear and Usable Web Site. She made the front cover of Halifax Magazine for doing parkour in her sixties.

Nicola Davison, Director-at-Large

Nicola Davison is a portrait photographer and writer based in Dartmouth. She’s a graduate of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, in which she completed the manuscript of her first novel. In the Wake will be published with Vagrant Press (an imprint of Nimbus Publishing) in 2018. She is currently at work on her third novel.  

Andre Fenton, Director-at-Large

Andre Fenton is both an award-winning spoken word artist and filmmaker. He is currently serving his second term as a member-at-large on the Board of Spoken Word Canada, and he has represented Halifax at six national poetry slams across Canada in cities like Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Winnipeg. He won the Spirit of The Slam Award at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2015 in Saskatoon, and won the Youth Inspiration Award for his short film he had written and directed called Family. Andre has recently published his first book of poetry called Ode to Teen Angst, and has appeared in a collection of Canadian poetry called Oratorealis.

Marianne Ward, Director-at-Large

Marianne Ward is a freelance book editor who, since 2007, has worked on close to 100 titles for authors and publishers in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and BC. Many have been shortlisted for (and won) Atlantic Book Awards and various national awards. Marianne was a founding member of the Atlantic Book Awards Society, has been on the board of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards since 2010, and has served on various book award juries and on the Programs Committee of the WFNS. She is co-author and co-publisher of Clara’s Gifts, a picture book that captures the unique adaptation of The Nutcracker produced annually by Symphony Nova Scotia.