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Vi Hughes (B.A., M.Ed.) is a former Vancouver elementary school principal, sessional instructor in reading at UBC, and Faculty Associate in Education at SFU. She has written several children’s books and is Past President of CWILL BC Society. She advocates for initiatives that support early literacy development.


Kathryn Shoemaker (Ph.D.) is the illustrator/author of over forty children’s books and an adjunct professor at UBC. She was President of The Endeavour Society and The Canadian Mental Health Association, served on a range of non-profit boards including The Vancouver Writers Festival, and is the co-chair of the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable.


Grant T. Smith has been a CPA for 15 years and is currently a Partner at Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants. He focuses mainly on building plans and implementing strategies for his clients so they can focus on things that matter most to them.  However, before his CPA years, Grant earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University and worked as a production manager revitalizing theatre through-out Alberta and Ontario.


Carleigh Baker is a Cree-Metis/Icelandic writer who lives as a guest on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Essays and The Journey Prize Anthology. She also writes reviews for the Globe and Mail. Her debut story collection, Bad Endings (Anvil, 2017) won the 2017 City of Vancouver Book Award.

Roberto Dosil – Partner, Stanton, Atkins and Dosil Publishers

Digby R. Leigh is a 32 year call lawyer whose firm (Digby Leigh & Company) is situated in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver. His practice is focused around helping people in business, a passion he extends to his work with the Young Entrepreneurs Symposium. Digby previously spent 10 years serving as the VP of Canada Basketball and currently sits on the board of the Thunderbird Football Association.

Noreen Ma – Branch Head, Vancouver Public Library

Jo-Ann Nasland – Education Library, University of British Columbia

Editor-writer Frances Peck (MA, CPE Hon.) is a partner in the BC firm West Coast Editorial Associates. A long-time member and volunteer with Editors Canada, she teaches editing at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College and gives workshops across Canada. She’s a co-author of the HyperGrammar website and author of Peck’s English Pointers.

Rob Taylor is the author of the poetry collection The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011) and four poetry chapbooks. He is the co-founder of One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana’s first poetry magazine, and one of the coordinators of Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series. Find him online at roblucastaylor.com.


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