The Board, Artistic Director and Administrative Coordinator in the KWF office.

Jeanie Sawyer, Chair
A career in post secondary education and non-profit organizations included a role as former VP Academic at St. Lawrence College and Executive Vice President, Junior Achievement of Canada, a national non profit organization. She now works as a consultant with the non-profit sector. Jeanie has extensive experience in organizational assessment, board governance and director training programs, risk management and volunteer management. She has served on a number of boards and was Volunteer Manager of Kingston WritersFest in 2013.

Julie Leclerc, Vice-Chair
Community Volunteer and Beekeeper
After teaching French to sometimes disinclined university students, Julie spent over 20 years with the Ontario Public Service, most recently working with not-for-profit organizations in the literacy and cultural sectors. She has been a member on boards of theatre, literacy, and sports organizations where she gained a great deal of experience in event planning, governance and volunteer management. She is now a beekeeper in addition to her community commitments.


Craig Anderson,  Secretary
Analyst, Indie Author
Craig Anderson worked as a management consultant across three continents, for a selection of fortune 100 companies. He has extensive experience in analysing large, complex datasets and producing detailed breakdowns that identify underlying trends and opportunities. Craig is also an independent author of five titles and is highly involved in the self-publishing community.

Sadaf Ghoreshy, Treasurer
Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant
Sadaf is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant), and is the Corporate Treasurer at Homestead Land Holdings Limited.  Sadaf has worked with a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations and charities.  She was the Chair of the KPMG Easter Seals Beach Volleyball Tournament from 2010 to 2015, fundraising for Easter Seals Ontario, and in 2012 earned the Easter Seals Ontario Service Award.

Billyann Balay, Director
Billyann was a dancer, teacher and director before joining the Ontario Arts Council in 1991 as Dance Officer. She was then Director of Granting Programs for 11 years. When she retired in 2013, she and her husband were delighted to make Kingston their home. Billyann also serves on the Kingston Arts Council board and on the Community Engagement Committee of the Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity.

Judith Brown, Director
Judith is a dedicated, dynamic, innovative and fun-loving teacher with 30+ years of experience in numerous roles. Judith has worked as an Employment Equity Committee Coordinator, and has been active in numerous committees and community initiatives. She is the co-founder and current Director of the Afro-Caribe Community of Kingston, President of Probus Frontenac, President of the Afro-Caribe Community Foundation, and a Board Member of Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

Michael Robinson
Owner/operator of Kingston landmark S&R Department Store until the store’s closure in 2009. Michael is a past board member of the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Association, and recipient of The Len Dover Award from Downtown Kingston. He has been inducted into the Kingston Business Hall of Fame. Michael is on the board of University Hospital Kingston Foundation, and serves on two committees with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.

Paul Tye, Director
Consultant – Government Relations, Public Affairs, Research
Paul’s career began working for the Hon. Peter Milliken, PC while he was a student at Queen’s University. From there Paul went on to many senior and trusted roles at Queen’s Park. Paul has worked on two successful provincial liberal election campaigns as a key member of the advertising team. His work at Queen’s Park included roles in the government house leader’s office and as a senior communications and policy advisor to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. After starting his own Boutique government relations firm, Paul joined Maple Leaf Strategies as a Senior Consultant in their Ottawa Office. A proud Kingstonian, Paul is a graduate of Queen’s University with a degree in History.

Barbara Bell
Artistic Director, Kingston WritersFest
Non-voting Board member
Barbara has extensive experience in programming, event planning and production, including several years as Events Coordinator with Chapters Bookstore. She has produced numerous stage plays and several independent short films. She is also an award-winning actor and playwright, and for two seasons programmed, produced and hosted a monthly television book club–Page Turners–for TVCogeco.