The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia has a new executive director: Marilyn Smulders. Smulders takes the reins of the organization following the departure of Jonathan Meakin, who recently moved to a position in municipal government after almost five years with the WFNS. Smulders' first day will be Tuesday, November 14th.
"Marilyn brings an impressive mix of skills to the WFNS," says WFNS President Kim Pittaway. "We were fortunate to have attracted an impressive field of candidates, but only Marilyn brought experience in all three areas of communications, management and fundraising, as well as a deep knowledge of and passion for the work of Nova Scotia writers."
"I'm delighted to join the Writers Federation and to work on behalf of this province's writers, people who play such an essential role in capturing and conveying Nova Scotia's diverse culture," says Smulders. "My bookshelves at home are filled with the books of Atlantic Canadian writers, many of whom I had the chance to talk to as arts writer at the Halifax Daily News. I look forward to doing what I can to promote and support their important work, and to support Nova Scotia writers at all stages of their careers in developing their skills and reaching readers."
Smulders was most recently Director of Communications at NSCAD University, and was previously Manager, Communications and Marketing at Dalhousie University and Arts Editor at the Halifax Daily News. She has been a National Magazine Awards finalist and has won a number of awards from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education for communications-related work. She is also a juried member of Craft Nova Scotia and produces original screen-printed fabrics and home decor items under the name Ellemeno Textiles.
The WFNS Board of Directors