DIRECTORS (currently being Updated. Check back soon)
Greg Blanchette, Steward and Secretary
Greg Blanchette — I grew up back east, but moved to BC after graduation to work as a design engineer. The West Coast life was full of adventure by bike, sea kayak and sailboat (what i called my “distributed retirement”), along with magazine travel writing, short stories, satire and essays.
My involvement with arts and environmental nonprofits began when i moved to Vancouver Island in 1999—first Ucluelet, later Tofino, and my writing also stepped up. I adopted the stage name "greg blee" when i took up performance poetry, and the lower case in my encounters with Buddhism.
Both arts and nonprofit involvement took a nosedive for four long years while working as an elected municipal councillor in Tofino. That ended in 2019 with a move to Gabriola Island, where i now live with my sweetheart. I am mostly retired, but embarked on a halting return to poetry (performance and page), a book of linked short stories about social issues, and the rewards of working with arts and culture groups like the Federation of BC Writers.
Barb Drozdowich, Director
I spent many years teaching science and applied science before meeting my sweetie and moving west. Life in British Columbia took me in a slightly different direction - corporate training. Both experiences were put to good work when I left the corporate world to raise a family. I work as a technical consultant to authors, helping with the increasingly technical world of publishing. The books started one at a time - always with the "I'm not doing THAT again" comment. My count of books now sits at 27 as I always find a new topic to break down and demystify. When I'm not working with authors, I serve as a taxi driver and chef for the family. I've volunteered with the Federation of BC Writers for several years.
Ruth Lloyd, Director
Kamal Parmar, Director
I was always in love with the creative word and after completing my Masters in English literature and diploma in Journalism, became passionately involved in writing poetry especially about the beauty of Nature that is all around us. I have a few books to my credit. I owe my writing skills to the various writers-in-residence, reputed poets and writers with whom I connected, while I was living in SK, ON and in B.C. which is a poet’s paradise.
I also have a number of poetry publications in reputed Canadian literary journals and magazines. I am currently, an active Board member of the B.C Federation of Writers, and also an Associate member of the League of Canadian Poets , a member of The Writers Union of Canada , the Canadian Authors Association as well as of Haiku Canada.
My main objective is assist the Federation of BC Writers in providing incentives to both emerging as well as professional writers of B.C, in order to showcase their work as well as to hone their skills so as to raise their profile in both regional and in Canadian cultures.
Megan Cole, Director
Katherine Wagner, Director
Regardless of the weather, and surrounded by gnomes, gargoyles and poisonous plants, KT Wagner writes Gothic horror and op/ed pieces in the garden of her Maple Ridge home. She teaches writing-related workshops and helps create literary community including write-ins, an annual ghost story writing retreat and co-organizing Golden Ears Writers. KT graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio in 2015 (Southbank 2013). She is an active member of The Horror Writers Association of America (HWA) and SF Canada ( National Association for Speculative Fiction). A number of her short stories are published and podcast in magazines and anthologies. She’s currently working on a scifi-horror novel. KT can be found online at http://www.northernlightsgothic.com and @KT_Wagner