On July 5, 2020, the Federation of British Columbia Writers board voted to name Jacqueline Carmichael as the new president. Jacqueline replaces Keith Liggett, who stepped down in March. On accepting the role, she thanked vice president Doni Eve for keeping the organization on track, and the board for their work governing without a president over the past few months.
“Because of their diligence and keeping the best interests of the Fed and our membership at heart, we’re poised for growth. Our board and volunteers are working together to bring new services and opportunities to our members and the writing community around BC and the Yukon," Jacqueline said. “I’m looking forward to working with new executive director Bryan Mortensen. There are some great initiatives underway."
"Our members and volunteers are the strength of the organization in a pandemic moment and always. The Federation of BC Writers is just that, a federation - all of us, a vibrant and growing community of writers. Not isolated. Together, we're finding new ways to support each other and grow our writing practices, to celebrate each writing moment and each victory, big or small. One example of how we are doing this is the monthly Sunday Webinar education events led by board member and author Barb Drozdowich."
“Tune in to our social media channels or one of our menu of summer events on Zoom and you'll see it reflected right away on that small screen with all those people, not so distant after all: our board has been working hard, and as a membership, we've picked up some new tools, developing powerful new ways to write, to learn, to volunteer, to grow and thrive, to promote and to recognize each other. We may be in Maple Ridge, Quadra Island, Whitehorse, North Van, Sooke, Dawson City, Prince Rupert or Nakusp, but thanks to WriteOn and WordWorks, social media and videoconferencing, and a network of volunteers and representatives, we're close enough to see each other smile, to hear the pause between sentences, to start a project together, to build our writing practice together."
“The board volunteers and staff are looking forward to serving you and the greater writing community we're all part of. Thank you for joining us on that journey. Please stay well and cozy."
Jacqueline lives in Port Alberni and has been on the Federation of BC Writers board for two years. She is the organizer of the current BC-Yukon Quite Determined Eco-Friendly Online Literary Road Trip in response to the pandemic. She is the author of Heard Amid The Guns: True Stories From the Western Front (October 2020, Heritage House) and My Read-Aloud Tales About Social Distancing. She is a graduate of SFU's The Writers Studio fiction and graduate fiction programs. A long-time journalist, she is the former publisher of the Westerly News in Tofino/Ucluelet; her work has appeared in the Edmonton Sun, The Dallas Morning News, Entrepreneur Magazine, and others. She is active with Alberni Valley Words on Fire and The Writers Union of Canada.
Feel free to get in touch with Jacqueline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-726-6072. "I'm looking forward to hearing from you," she said.