2013 Board and Assistants

Conference Board of Directors

Camille Netherton

Camille Netherton is a writer, mother and Behaviour Consultant. A long-time volunteer for SiWC, she is pleased to give back to the writing community by serving on the Conference Planning board and hopes every experience you have at the conference exceeds your expectations.

Carrie Higgins
Past Chair

Carrie loves to read and organize and hang out with other writers. The perfect bio for a Director of SiWC!

Carol Monaghan
Secretary, Emcee

My involvement with SiWC began 20 years ago when Ed Griffin asked if I'd like to help plan a one-day writers' conference. That event has grown in all ways to become the acclaimed conference it is today. It's been a rewarding journey through those 20 years, made all the more fun by being allowed to be just a bit outrageous as the M.C. I was honoured to be given the unofficial title of "Betty White of the North" who happens to be one of my favourite comediennes. I'm also honoured to sit on the SiWC board with such a great group of people, and I'm looking forward to SiWC 2013.

Shilo Noelle

Shilo has been volunteering with the Surrey International Writers' Conference since 2007, and joined the board in 2010. Since joining the board, Shilo has taken on the role of Volunteer Coordinator. In 2013, she will expand her role to Treasurer while she mentors the next Volunteer Coordinator. In addition to her commitment to SiWC, Shilo is a Registered Nurse working for the Fraser Health Authority. Shilo has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Diploma in Journalism from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In her spare time, Shilo writes fiction, enjoys travelling, and is learning to surf.

Christine Dalzell
Volunteer Coordinator

Five years ago I was going to attend a scrapbooking retreat with some friends. My husband said "Why would you do that? You want to be a writer! Find a writers' conference!" Now, I am a soon-to-be-published author of stories for children. My first books, a series of early readers, are scheduled for publication in spring 2014. I am proud to be a member of this organizing board, a title that fits nicely on a business card with Author, Stay at Home Mum and Fitness Trainer.

kc dyer
Writing Contest, Sponsorship, Brochure

kc is a writer of novels for teens and adults, who has been coming to SiWC for more than a decade. She has attended as an unpublished writer, a volunteer, a Special Achievement Award winner, a Conference Coordinator, a presenter and a board member, and she's loved every moment.

Carmen Merrells
Director, General Planning

Carmen has been involved with the SiWC since 1997, alternating in roles of Board member, chair, vice-chair, co-chair, etc.  Carmen is a published author, librarian by day, writer by night, and avid SiWC-pusher by nature.

Eileen Cook

Eileen writes novels for teens, middle grade and adults. She's a long time fan of the SIWC conference as both an attendee and as a presenter, and is excited to join the board.

Mary Ellen Reid

Mary is a writer and people person, who discovered the magic of SiWC when she attended for the first time in 1997. She's been waving the SiWC flag as an avid fan, volunteer, Conference Assistant, and/or Board member ever since.

Conference Staff

Kathy Chung
Conference Coordinator

Kathy Chung is a writer, and has been the conference coordinator of SiWC since 2010. She attended her first SiWC in 2001 and has never left. Since 2007, she's also served as a volunteer contest assistant, acting as first reader for the conference's international writing contest.

Alisa Luke
Conference Administrator

This reformed journalist and entrepreneur is equally left and right brained. She keeps things running for SiWC and her business by day. At night, she writes, sometimes into the wee hours. Alisa was a long-time volunteer with SiWC before she took on the mammoth role of Conference Administrator.

Jean Kay
Conference Assistant

Jean attended her first SiWC in 2002, and has been a volunteer since 2007. This year she has taken on the role of Conference Assistant and “is pleased to be part of such a dynamic team”. Jean has written a poem every morning, first thing, for sixteen years. She is working on her third book of poetry.

Dale McGladdery

Dale is a web developer specializing in the Drupal content management system. With one-time aspirations to write fiction he attended the conference for many years before deciding he would stick to reading fiction. The conference board had gotten used to having Dale around and invited him to take over the website.

Volunteer Conference Assistants

Dan Anderson:Workshops
Sandi Olson:Fraser Room
Darlene Jensen:Volunteers
Margaret Giacomello:Registration
Donna Robertson:Setup/Takedown, Silent Auction
Ryleigh Grier: Silent Auction