The Nominees Are…

Five dedicated community volunteers who are ready to be your Writers’ Collective Board!

One of the most important tasks of our Annual General Meeting on May 4 is to elect the Board of The Writers’ Collective. The Board guides the work and development of The Writers’ Collective, including making decisions about programming and finances. This year, five individuals have been nominated to the Board. We have three continuing Board members and two new members to add to our team!



President – Hilary Friesen

Hilary joined the Board in 2008 as Secretary and became the President in 2009. Hilary has been published in Juice, the University of Winnipeg’s creative writing journal, as well as in Collective Consciousness, The Writers’ Collective journal. Hilary works as a Client and Strategic Services Manager at ChangeMakers, a Winnipeg marketing agency.


Vice-President – Eve Dutton

After a year as volunteer layout artist for the Collective Consciousness, Eve  joined The Writers’ Collective Board in 2008 and became Vice-President in 2009. Her third-grade report card reads as follows: “Eve loves to write. Unfortunately, we cannot get her to stop.”




Thembani Mdluli

Originally from Winnipeg, Thembani served a short term as Programming Coordinator at The Writers’ Collective before becoming a Board member following a move to Toronto. She now volunteers her time directing the newly rebranded Collective Consciousness while balancing other hats working in media production as the Director of Brand Marketing for film industry directory Fonebook, and as a screenwriter and filmmaker.


Kelly-Anne Riess

Kelly-Anne Riess is the author of three books, including the poetry collection To End a Conversation (Thistledown Press), which was featured on CBC and the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. As a freelance journalist, she has written for the Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic. She has also worked on a number of documentaries that have aired worldwide on networks such as A&E Biography and History Television.

This will be Kelly-Anne’s first term on The Writers’ Collective Board.


Kimberley Sperling

Kimberly Sperling is a Real Estate Broker, Home Stager, Property Manager and Writer. Her writing experience has spanned several venues: advertising and marketing ads, articles, short stories, children’s books, motivational pieces, poems, law, fiction and non-fiction. She also likes to use her creativity in photography with photos of nature, trees, homes, and interior design. She is new to Winnipeg and spent the last 3 years in Calgary. Kimberley has extensive Board and volunteer experience.

This will be Kimberley’s first term on The Writers’ Collective Board.


Please join us at the AGM on Saturday, May 4, at 3:30 in the Carol Shields Auditorium at Millennium Library, to learn about The Writers’ Collective’s activities over the past year and our plans for the next, and to meet the Board.


Hilary Friesen

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