Board of Directors

Margaret Lynch (president) is a nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and on CBC Radio. Her book-in-progress is a memoir about her journey to become a better person after surviving an experimental bone marrow transplant. Her proposal for TRANSFORMED: When My DNA Changed, So Did I won the 2020 Penguin Random House Best Nonfiction Book Proposal Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS.

Christopher Moore (vice-president) is a long time member of CNFC, now on the second year of a term on the board. He is a past chair and honorary life member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, once for nonfiction, once for children’s literature. His books are almost exclusively in the field of Canadian history, but he subscribes to Betsy Warland’s dictum “creative nonfiction refers to all nonfiction and mixed-genre writing shaped by literary sensibilities, devices, and strategies.”

Marsha Faubert (treasurer) is a Toronto-based lawyer and writer who has worked as a litigator, adjudicator and arbitrator, and executive director of a provincial administrative tribunal. She is pursuing publication of her first book, Unstated, a work of history and memoir that considers the impact of war, displacement, and exile in Canada on her parents-in-law, survivors of forced labour in Nazi Germany and subarctic Russia. Her current writing will explore the history and legacy of environmental injustice in her hometown of Sarnia, known to some as Canada’s Chemical Valley. In addition to degrees in psychology and law, she holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax.

Fiona Campbell (she/her) (member at large) is a freelance writer, journalist, editor and communications professional. She’s also a passionate storyteller who never outgrew her love of the question, “Why?” For over 20 years she’s written for national magazines, websites and non-profits on topics related to farming, the environment, the arts and social justice. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College, a BAA in journalism from Ryerson University, and a BA in international development from the University of Guelph. Fiona is working on a collection of lyrical essays ffrom her home in Madoc, Ont., (treaty territory of the Anishinabewaki people) where she currently lives with her two teenage kids, one dog, and too many books.

Taslim Jaffer is a freelance writer, editor and writing instructor with a special interest in culture, identity and home. Her bylines include Maclean’s, CBC, WestCoast Families, Unearth Women and more. Taslim is currently working on her memoir-in-essays, a book she began during her MFA in Creative Nonfiction (University of King’s College). She serves on the Board of Directors for Word Vancouver and enjoys moderating panels, hosting events and contributing program ideas. Taslim lives in Surrey, B.C. with her husband, 3 kids and a very cute puppy named Ruby.

Heidi Klaassen holds a BA and a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and a Professional Editing Standards Certificate from Queen’s University. Her work has appeared in Living Hyphen Magazine, the AWCS Wonder/Shift:40th Anniversary Anthology, The Selkie’s Very Much Alive anthology, Literary Heist, Alberta Views Magazine, and The Sprawl. Her personal essay, Been Caught Stealing: Life Inside the Lorraine was a finalist for the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards. Heidi works as the Program Director for the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society in Calgary, where she hosts the online AWCS ABLit Book Club, celebrating Alberta authors.

Annamarie Mackinnon has worked in both magazine and book publishing for nearly two decades in a number of editorial and marketing positions, including for GeistVisual Arts News, and Douglas & McIntyre. She has also taught creative writing and has worked as a freelance writer and editor.

Lenore Rowntree lives in Vancouver and on the Sunshine Coast in BC. She is a former lawyer and now a writer whose publications include Hidden Lives: true stories from people who live with mental illness, Cluck, a novel, and the forthcoming See You Later Maybe Never. She has been a board member for several not-for-profit societies including the Motivation, Power & Achievement Society, Astrolabe Musik Theatre, and The Historic Joy Kogawa House Society. She is a current member of the CNFC Conference Committee for 2022 and hopes to meet everybody live in 2023.

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