Julie Leclerc, 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,  Vice-Chair
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.

Allison Braithwaite, Treasurer
Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant
Allison works in public accounting at KPMG LLP, working primarily with small and medium-sized local companies in the Enterprise Division. She is previously from London, Ontario where she worked at a small local accounting firm. She was part of the leadership team of the London Women’s Social group, setting group policies and direction. She has volunteered previously with charities involved with financial literacy knowledge and education.  She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Honours Bachelor of Business Administration.

Christine Everdell, Secretary
An occupational therapist with a private practice in paediatrics
Christine has attended Kingston WritersFest since its first year, and is a long-term supporter of the organization. She has sat on several boards and committees including The Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, The Sunnyside Teddy’s Bear Picnic, The Kingston Synchronized Swimming Club, The Kingston Portrait Prize, The Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and The Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. She owns and manages her own business and was one of the first therapists to establish a private practice in paediatrics in Eastern Ontario.

Melanie Dugan

Melanie Dugan is the author of four novels. She has worked in nearly every corner of the book world: for four library systems, including the Kingston Frontenac Public Library system for the past 20 years; at an independent bookstore; as Associate Publisher of Kingston’s Quarry Press; and was Promotions Manger for the inaugural WritersFest. She has been a volunteer literacy tutor at Kingston Literacy for 10 years. She lives in Kingston with her partner, a visual artist.

Derek Holota
Public Relations Consultant
Derek builds corporate brands and reputations for a living. He has worked on promotional campaigns and crisis response for companies in the natural resources, financial services, and tech sectors. He is an avid reader and passionate advocate for Canada’s cultural sector. Derek spent nearly two years working for the City of Kingston, leading communications for its Cultural Services department. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Toronto and an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Loyalist College.

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 a member of the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation Leadership Philanthropy Team.