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Thomas Froese

Board Chair (2017-

Thomas Froese is a storyteller and veteran journalist of 30 years. The author and columnist writes about news, travel and life, often from his experiences in the Arab Word and Africa, where he lived for 15 years and where he still returns to teach literature. Thomas, who has been honoured often for his work, also writes about fatherhood and family life as The Daily Dad. He lives in Hamilton, ON.
Title: Ninety-Nine Windows: Reflections of a Reporter from Arabia to Africa and other Roads Less Travelled
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Lloyd Mackey

Vice Chair (2017-

For  50 years, Lloyd Mackey has been active in journalism and Christian newspaper development in community, and faith-based media. From 1998 to 2013, he was Ottawa-based, writing columns and books about the faith-political interface. He holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and a DMin from Tyndale Seminary. In retirement, he is Senior Editorial Advisor to Faith in Canada 150, a Cardus initiative. He and his wife Edna, live in Surrey, BC. He is an honorary member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery and the Canadian Church Press, and a 2006 recipient of the Leslie K. Tarr Award.
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Les Lindquist

Treasurer
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Les Lindquist is a change consultant with 35 years’ experience at IBM who is now a partner with his wife N. J. in the publishing company That’s Life! Communications. Since leaving IBM in the spring of 2009, Les is also mapping out a new career as a consultant, writer and speaker. Les has played an instrumental role in The Word Guild since its inception, including serving as the sounding board and advisor for N. J. and Wendy in The Word Guild’s early years, becoming the treasurer, and being a board member from 2002 to 2012.

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Peter Stockland

Peter Stockland is a veteran journalist of 30 years who is currently senior writer with the Canadian think-tank Cardus, and publisher of Convivium, an online publication that explores the role of faith in common life. Prior to joining Cardus, he was vice-president of English-language magazines for Reader’s Digest Magazines Canada Ltd. A former editor-in-chief of the Montreal Gazette, and a former editorial page editor of the Calgary Herald, Peter is also an accomplished writer of fiction published in numerous Canadian magazines. He currently divides his time between Montreal and Ottawa.
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Eddie Chu

Past Board Chair (2014-2017)

Eddie grew up in Hong Kong under a mixture of eastern and western religious influences. Becoming a Christian in Toronto in 1978, he later completed the core requirements of the Master of Theological Studies degree at Tyndale University College and Seminary. He and his wife Kathy have been married for thirty-eight years and have two children, Jason and Irene. Eddie and Kathy now make their home in Ottawa.Eddie is working as a Management Consultant based out of Ottawa

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Christina Crook

Christina Crook’s award-winning book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, has made her leading voice on a more human relationship with technology. Through her writing and speaking, she reveals how key shifts in our thinking can enable us to draw closer to one another, taking up the good burdens of local work and responsibilities, and finding meaning in more limited connections. She challenges the Western values of power, control, and success, revealing how wonder, trust, and discipline are central to the experience of being human and the keys to our joy.
Her commentary on technology and our daily lives have appeared in the New York Times, Psychology Today, Women’s Health, NPR, Christianity Today and the CBC. She is a TEDx alum and a graduate of the Simon Fraser University School of Communication.

Christina is the current writer-in-residence at the Henri Nouwen Society where she is chronicling a year reading Nouwen’s nearly 40 books. The work-in-progress is titled “My Year with Henri.”

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David Kitz

David Kitz is a Bible dramatist, an award winning author, a convention speaker and a retired public school teacher. For over twenty-five years, he has served as an ordained minister with the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada.
David has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies, in addition to Bachelor’s degrees in both Arts and Education. His love for drama and storytelling is evident to all who have seen his Bible based performances. For several years now, he has toured across Canada and into the United States with a variety of one man plays for both children and adults. Though born and raised in Saskatchewan, David now lives in Ottawa, with his wife Karen. They have two adult sons, Timothy and Joshua.
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Donna Mann

 

Donna Mann is an author, columnist, blogger, adjunct professor (Trinity Theological College) and ordained minister. She has a passion for mission, and storytelling: both weave their way through award-winning fiction and non-fiction. Returning to school as an adult student, she earned a B.A. (UofW), M.Div. (Emmanuel College, UofT), D. Min in Women’s Studies, (TTC) and Counsellor/Mentor (Grief Institute of Canada). She and Doug have four adult children (one deceased), eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She has been a member of The Word Guild “forever.”

Her latest book – Good Grief People! https://www.amazon.ca/Good-Grief-People

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Janet Sketchley

Janet Sketchley is an Atlantic Canadian writer who believes strongly in the importance of developing unity and community among Canadian Christians who work with words, coast to coast. She is a long-time member of The Word Guild and InScribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship. Janet’s Redemption’s Edge Christian suspense novels have each been finalists in The Word Awards, and she’s also a contributor to the Hot Apple Cider inspirational anthology series. Janet blogs about faith and books. She loves Jesus and her family, and enjoys reading, worship music, and tea.

Jane Twohey

Jane Twohey is currently serving on the Ravi Zacharias team.

Jane has a history with The Word Guild – she was part of the team with specific responsibilities for the Award program a number of years ago

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Brent Van Staalduinen

Brent van Staalduinen lives, works, and finds his voice in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of the novel SAINTS, UNEXPECTED and the winner of the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Writer Magazine’s “Our Darkest Hours” Prize, the Fiddlehead Short Story Award, and the Short Works Prize. His fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in such notable publications as The Writer, Prairie Fire, The Sycamore Review, EVENT, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, Brent also holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and teaches creative writing at Redeemer University College.
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