Carol Bruneau, President

Based in Halifax, Carol Bruneau is the author of six books—two short story collections and four novels, including her latest, 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. 

Elaine McCluskey, Vice-President

Elaine McCluskey has published two novels and three short-story collections set in the Maritimes. One story was a Journey Prize finalist; another placed in the Fish international contest in Ireland. She has appeared in journals such as Room, The Dalhousie Review, subTerrain, The Antigonish Review, Fiddlehead, Other Voices, and anthologies. When not writing fiction, McCluskey teaches journalism part-time.  

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.

Gwen Davies, Secretary

Gwen Davies is an award-winning writer of fiction and teacher of creative writing. Her collection of short stories, Facing the Other Way, comes out in June 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 “English” to usable English, and has published non-fiction books, essays, and on-line articles on using plain language including, most-recently, 5 Keys on Building a Clear and Usable Web Site.

Ian Colford, Past-President

Ian Colford’s stories and reviews have appeared in literary publications in print and online. He has previously served on the WFNS Executive Board and the Steering Committee of One Book Nova Scotia, and is presently on the Board of the Atlantic Book Awards Society. He has completed residencies at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers and Yaddo. His books are Evidence (2008), short stories; The Crimes of Hector Tomás (2012), a novel; and Perfect World (2016), a novella.

Chris Benjamin, Director-at-Large

Chris Benjamin is author of more than a dozen published short stories and three award-winning and critically-acclaimed books: Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School; Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada; and the novel Drive-by Saviours. Chris has written for The Globe and Mail, CBC, Ottawa Citizen, Z Magazine, Science Friday, Chronicle Herald and numerous others.  

Lisa Doucet, Director-at-Large

Lisa Doucet is the Co-Manager of Woozles Children's Bookstore where she runs numerous book clubs for children and teens. She is the children's editor for Atlantic Books Today and also reviews for Canadian Children's Book News and University of Manitoba's Canadian Materials website. Lisa has served on numerous book award juries including the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award, the Ann Connor Brimer Award, and the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Illustration. She has also served on the board of directors for such organizations as the Canadian Children's Book Centre, The Word on the Street Halifax, IBBY Canada, and the NS Children's Literature Roundtable, and she is the current President of the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Association.

Justin Kawaja, Director-at-Large

Justin Kawaja is a poet and former editor of Dalhousie University’s journal, Fathom. His work has appeared in the Gaspereau Press poetry anthology Writing the Common. Justin’s writing has also been published by Paisley Chapbook Press and featured in Fathom. He currently resides in Halifax, where he works with Bookmark Bookstore. Justin holds a degree in English from Dalhousie University and a degree in Commerce from Saint Mary’s University. His expertise in finance and project management has allowed him to work with organizations in both non-profit and business sectors. 

Kim Pittaway, Director-at-Large

Kim Pittaway is a writer, editor and educator. She is 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 is a mentor in the University of King's College MFA in Creative Nonfiction program, 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, Director-at-Large

Veronica Purcell is the author of the memoir Kindling Friendships and the recently published novel Tendrils. Having spent several years as an educator, she now facilitates workshops for the business community on how to write presentations that tell a compelling story. She is also a regional co-coordinator for the WFNS. She lives in West LaHave on the South Shore.