SaskBooks’ Board of Directors draws on expertise in the publishing industry, and consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Past President, and Members-at-Large. Our officers are elected for one year terms by a majority vote of our members at our AGM. SaskBooks’ board members are volunteers for our organisation.
Mackenzie Hamon – Coteau Books
Mackenzie studied English at the University of Regina and completed a Master’s of Publishing at Simon Fraser University. Mackenzie is the Marketing Manager at Coteau Books. Mackenzie is a bibliophile who, in her downtime, loves reading. Books, magazines, articles on the web, nutrition labels, whatever’s in front of her. She is also a bit of a foodie and has been to at least one major league baseball game (the Cubs vs. the Padres at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Cubs won).
Byrna Barclay – Burton House Books
While Burton House Books is an emerging publishing house, Byrna Barclay has been on the scene for a respectable amount of time. A seasoned writer and editor, Byrna has served as the Chair of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the President of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, as well as on many other boards and committees, including the Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. Byrna is the author of ten novels and short story collections, and Burton House Books has recently released four new Saskatchewan books.
Belinda Riehl-Fitzimmons – Saskatchewan Archaeological Society (“The Archies”)
Belinda Riehl-Fitzsimmons has been interested in books since childhood. In fact, reading was a preferred activity to sports. She began her journey of book creation with being the editor of her small-town school yearbook for 4 years. Following earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in archaeology and anthropology, she worked off and on in the archaeological consulting field, often writing and researching materials for client reports. She became the Business Administrator for the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society in the fall of 2006. Her skills in proofreading and basic editing soon led to taking on the role of editor of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society’s Newsletter (now the Quarterly) in 2007, which she continues. Other titles she has helped create are Sifting Through Time – A History of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, and Occasional Papers in Archaeology Number 2 – Contributions to Northern Plains Archaeology and Number 3 – The Cypress Hills Massacre. Belinda is married with three adult children, and lives in Saskatoon.
Susan Harris – White Lily Books
Heather Nickel – Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing
Heather loves to read and finds that publishing prairie stories is a great way to indulge her passion. She has a BA (English) from the University of Saskatchewan and began helping authors publish books in 1997. Heather’s books are strong contenders for regional and international book prizes, and many of Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing books have been adopted to educational curricula in Canada. Some of her recent titles are published in English and various Cree dialects, in consultation with Elders and members of the communities in which the books are produced.