Leah C. Fowler | President
Leah thrives in the company of Canadian writers and their literature as teacher, Professor Emerita, editor, and writer. She is passionate about bringing writers and readers together, especially in Western Canada. Her two books [A Curriculum of Difficulty (solo authored) and Reading Canada (co-authored)] served as apprenticeships to her current editing and fiction writing work. Leah’s experience on other charitable and university boards is now focussed with VFA and its supportive, engaged Board of Directors.
Richard Ketchen | Treasurer
Richard is a graduate of BCIT (Business Administration) and a Chartered Professional Accountant. He brings extensive financial, management and communications expertise to the board, including more than 20 years of experience as a corporate writer. Richard is also a director and secretary of the Peninsula Streams Society, which coordinates stream restoration and habitat conservation on the Saanich Peninsula.
Laurie Rubin | Secretary
Laurie Rubin has worked in government ministries, community organizations and not for profits and is well-connected to the performing arts and literary arts communities through his work as coordinator of the Vining Street Party on the Plaza. He has experience with strategic planning, event coordination and fund generation. He joined the Board of the Victoria Festival of Authors because of a strong belief that the literary arts community of Victoria should be heard and read. Laurie also sits on the Boards of The Learning Curve Society (President), Theatre Inconnu (Vice President) and The Fernwood Community Association (Secretary).
Jodi Lundgren | Director
Victoria-raised, Jodi Lundgren earned a PhD in English from the University of Washington and served as Writer-in-Residence at Thompson Rivers University before joining the English department at Camosun College, where she teaches Writing and is currently the faculty advisor for Beside the Point, the students’ literary magazine. The author of a literary novel, Touched (Anvil), she has also published titles for young adults, including Leap (Second Story) and Gone Wild (Lorimer). Her creative nonfiction has been anthologized in Dropped Threads 3 (Random House), while her scholarly articles have appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Journal of Teaching Writing,and others. As a VFA board member, she works to help foster an inclusive, diverse, and accessible literary festival.
Gordon Gunn | Director
Gordon S. Gunn, CPA, CA, FCMC, CISA, KSJ
Gordon is a Principal Consultant with Third Foundation Consulting Ltd., specializing in excellence in non-profit and public-sector management. With over 40 years of professional experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Consultant, Gordon provides strategic planning, business planning, facilitation and enterprise risk management services. Gordon is an experienced corporate director and is currently the President of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of British Columbia and a Director of CMC-Canada.
Throughout his professional career, Gordon has been an active volunteer in organizations such as Boy Scouts of Canada, Ballet Victoria, the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness. Gordon is an avid reader, enjoying a wide range of fiction genres.
Angie Killoran | Director
Angie is a life-long supporter of the arts and a keen reader. Her career has included leadership roles in non-profits and charities prior to serving as the executive director of The Lawson Foundation, 2001 – 2014. Angie has served on several charitable boards including Philanthropic Foundations Canada. In addition to serving on VFA’s Board, she volunteers at Victoria Hospice and at the Mustard Seed’s Food Rescue Project.
Terry Ann Carter | Director
Poet and paper artist Terry Ann Carter is the author of six poetry collections and five haiku chapbooks. She is the past president of Haiku Canada and the founder and facilitator of Haiku Arbutus Study Group of Victoria. In 2016 she was awarded a community fellowship at the CSRS (Centre for Study of Religion and Society) at the University of Victoria, where she examined the Zen Buddhist influence on contemporary English language haiku poetry. She is a member of the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild and has given poetry and book arts workshops in Canada, the U.S.,France, China, Singapore, Malaysia, the Bahamas, and Panama. In 2004 she participated in the Basho Festival in Ueno, Japan. Terry Ann is currently judging an international haiku contest for Victoria’s sister city, Morioka, Japan.