Courtney Bates-Hardy is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Book Awards and the author of House of Mystery (KQP, 2016). She holds a Master's degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Regina. She has served as a board member for the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and is currently a member of the Grain Advisory Committee. She lives in Regina with her husband and their cat, Jean Grey.
Donna Woloshyn is delighted to join the Saskatchewan Book Awards board of directors. This marks an exciting new challenge for Donna after having recently completed her term as president of the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Born and educated in the province, Donna has degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. and B. Ed.) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Vocational Technical Education from the University of Regina. Donna’s early career as a teacher and adult educator in northern Saskatchewan, the NWT and Nunavut laid the foundation for her love of the North and working together with Indigenous communities. In 1984 she moved to Regina where she has been working with the provincial government for over 30 years as a program manager and policy analyst primarily responsible for family and community literacy programming. Having worked on a variety of pan-Canadian literacy initiatives that have taken her to nearly every province and territory, Donna brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Donna has also served on several national boards (e.g., Canadian Association of Adult Education, TESL Canada and the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks) and chaired provincial and national conferences. Donna has one daughter who is a journalist with CBC News.
Robin Ganev teaches history at the University of Regina. Although Robin is an academic by training she has a broader interest in books and literary writing and is eager to engage with books as artistic achievements. Robin is working toward a certificate in book publishing through Ryerson University’s distance education program. She lives in Regina with her husband and three children.
Heather Phipps is Assistant Professor of Minority Language Education (French) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. Her research interests include inquiry related to issues of belonging, identity, community, multilingualism, social justice, children's literature, and Indigenous literature.
Zoé Beaulieu Prpick
Zoé is the secretary of the Saskatchewan Book Awards board. She is a Master's Student in Creative Writing English at the University of Regina, working on her thesis, a historical fiction novel. She also works as a book editor. She lives in Regina with her family.
Board Member/SaskBooks Representative
Brenda Niskala is a poet, fiction writer and an arts administrator. For over twenty years, she has served as Executive Director for SaskBooks. She has also served on the board of the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, the Association of Creative Industries of Saskatchewan, the editorial boards of Grain, Briarpatch, and NeWest Review magazines, as well as Coteau Books, the executive of the League of Canadian Poets, Sage Hill, and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. Brenda has represented the literary community on the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Planning Committe, the founding board of the Canadian Reprography Collective (Access Copyright), the first Minister’s Advisory Committee for the Status of the Artist in Saskatchewan, the Film/Video Professional Development Co-ordinating Committee and the Regina Arts Commission. She taught Arts Administration for the Faculty of Commerce/Fine Arts, Creative Writing for the University of Regina Extension Department, and Sage Hill Writing Experience, and presented hundreds of readings and workshops in schools and libraries in Canada and overseas. She has two books of poetry, a novella, a collection of short stories, and has been published in many anthologies and magazines. She was on the founding board of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, representing publishing for the first six years. Here she is again.
Board Member/Sask Writers' Guild Representative
For over five decades Jack Walton has combined his work in culture and the arts with that of being a volunteer advocate for their development and sustainability. He is a writer and performer of music and literature, consultant in Board Development and Governance in the non-profit sector, a festival designer/producer and a documentary filmmaker. Community leadership in the cultural sector includes founding Chair of Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival and SaskFilm, past Chair of Heritage Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Festivals & Events,Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association, the Saskatchewan Museum Funding Review, and Saskatchewan Regional Tourism Funding Review. He is a past Director of SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance and Tourism Saskatchewan with a focus on Cultural Tourism. Nationally Jack has served as a Director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, and the Canadian Association of Festivals and Events. Jack is currently President of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, The Saskatchewan Writers Guild Foundation, the Saskatoon Blues Society, and Hope Cancer Help Centre, a grassroots Saskatoon organization supporting individuals and families with direct financial assistance to off set the cost of cancer treatment and beyond.
Board Member/Saskatchewan Library Association Representative
Carla Flengeris is the Library Coordinator at Luther College, University of Regina and has been a member of the Saskatchewan Library Association for over ten years. She holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of Regina. Although her work in an academic library has her teaching and promoting information and media literacy skills to adults (university students), her spare time is spent as an active advocate for early literacy and she volunteers with numerous children’s organizations and early childhood education programs. She lives in Regina with her husband and two children.
Joe Couture is the Communications and Research Consultant for the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. His experience includes working for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post and Vancouver Province daily newspapers. He has written about a wide variety of topics, including as the provincial Legislative Bureau reporter in Saskatchewan. Joe has also worked as a professional researcher for full-service market research firms based in Regina and Vancouver. Joe earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Regina’s School of Journalism, where he has since returned to teach courses as a sessional lecturer. He is currently working toward his Master of Public Administration degree.
Sheila Petty teaches media studies at the University of Regina. She has written extensively on issues of cultural representation, identity and nation in African and African diasporic screen media, and has curated film, television and digital media exhibitions for galleries across Canada. She is author of Contact Zones: Memory, Origin and Discourses in Black Diasporic Cinema and co-editor of the Directory of World Cinema: Africa. She has served as a board member for the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskFilm and MacKenzie Art Gallery. She recently established, with Carmen Robertson, the Indigenous Voices in World Cinema book series at the University of Regina Press. Her current writing focuses on transvergent African cinemas, new Maghrebi cinemas and interpretive strategies for analyzing digital creative cultural practices. She lives in Regina with her partner.
Denise Leduc is a Branch Librarian with Palliser Regional Library. She is a writer and the Prairie Region Writer/Organizer for the labour news website Rank and File. She is also a student pursuing a degree in writing. In her spare time she teaches yoga, gardens and enjoys a variety of books. In 2016 she started the charity Prairie Bear Books which helps to connect children in need with books for their home. She volunteers with several organizations including Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, Meals on Wheels, and International Women of Saskatoon.