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January – June 2023

2023 Season

Support The Festival

Become a Page-Turner!

Become a Page-Turner! Your monthly donation gives us a stable base of support. And you help us save time, banking fees, and paper.

By becoming a donor, you will not only receive exclusive donor benefits; you will help make arts and culture programming more accessible in Vancouver.

Monthly donations of $10 or more include a complimentary VWF membership. Click here to learn about Member Benefits, and thank you for being part of our member community.

Thank you to our donors and sponsors who make our work possible.

Charitable Registration #: 12260 5678 RR0001

Reasons to give

Your contribution helps us connect K-12 students with inspiring authors, supports our free spring Incite conversations, and ensures accessibility to one of the most celebrated literary festivals in the world. Thank you for supporting Vancouver—and the Writers Fest—as a leading cultural hub that celebrates diverse voices and engages in thought-provoking conversations.

The Festival

Support our flagship Festival in October, which brings more than 17,000 people to Granville Island for more than 100 events each year. Help us fly authors to Vancouver by donating your Aeroplan Miles.

Youth Educational Program

Support our educational programming that connects students from K-12 with celebrated writers from across the globe. One-third of the Festival is programmed to educate students through listening to writers with unique perspectives and inspirational messages. Help instill a life-long love of reading and writing in kids.


Support Incite, our free reading series in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, where the Festival shares the power of the written word with all members of the community.

Donate Legacy Funds

Post Script Society – Make Literature Your Legacy

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts; We need books, time and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a Time lasts forever.”—Philip Pullman

If books have been a lifelong companion for you, consider supporting the Vancouver Writers Fest as part of your legacy giving.

Legacy gifts are incredibly valuable investments in the Festival, ensuring future Vancouver readers will continue to engage with authors, books, and ideas that transform our world, spark conversations, and foster a love of books and reading as a lifelong pursuit.

Please contact our Development Manager, Lauren Dembicky-Polivka at or Executive Director, Kaile Shilling, at to discuss how to give a legacy gift—including living trusts, beneficiary designations, securities, endowment gifts, or planned giving. Our team will work with you and your financial planner to ensure all tax and membership benefits are in order.

Donation of Securities – Save More, Give More.

By donating shares and stocks, you are able to maximize your tax savings by minimizing any capital gains taxes, receiving a tax receipt for the full amount.

Simply complete our Securities Donation form (with your broker’s assistance) and send to our agent, Odlum Brown, and we will do the rest.


Annual Membership: $40

When you click the Become a Member button below, you’ll be taken to our Sumac membership portal.  Click the link that says, “Don’t have an account? Create one” to set up your membership.

Be part of our community of passionate readers.

Members receive early access to tickets and Festival lineup announcements, mailed print copy of our Program Guide and digital copy of our Summer Reading List, as well as a 10% discount to our flagship Festival. Members are also eligible to vote at our Annual General Meeting (and have exclusive access to our famous AGM Book Sale).

And best of all—you become part of our expansive network of passionate readers.

Member Benefits

Early access to Festival ticket sales

Invitation to exclusive member events

Festival Program Guide mailed to you

10% discount on all October Festival tickets

Summer Reading Guide PDF emailed to you

A vote at the VWF annual general meeting

Our Supporters

Collectors Edition Benefactors ($10,000)

Moh Faris, Reema Faris, Ramona Chu & Yasmeen Strang in loving memory of Yulanda Faris

Classic Edition Benefactors ($5,000-$9,999)


Megan Abbott

Alexia Jones

Bonnie Mah

Sam Znaimer

Bestseller Benefactors ($2,500-$4,999)

Thomas Green

Carol McClelland

Amanda Ross & Neal McLennan

Special Edition Benefactors ($1,000-$2,499)


John Bell

Kelli Bodnar & Daryl Martini

Jude Coffin

Janice & Doug Dalzell

Sandy Garossino & Ravi Sidhoo

Leslie Hurtig

Sandy Jakab & Bob Lesperance

Natascha Kiernan

Joanie McEwan & Irwin Nathanson

Judy & James McFarlane

Harvey McKinnon

Ebie & Ian Pitfield

André & Brock Rowland

Donald Shumka

Marsha Sibthorpe

Shannon Taylor & Lorne Folick

Joan & Paul Whitney

David & Stephanie Williams

Limited Edition Friends ($500-$999)

Susan Adams

Cathleen Boyle

Jonathan Burke

Jeff Charpentier

Isobel Cole

Katherine Doyle

Martin Ferera

Diane Filer

Asha Fraser

Crissy George

Richard Johnston

Shirley Lew

Mary Robertson

Rob Sanders & Colleen MacMillan

Jennifer Sankey

Susan Van Blarcom

Holman Wang

Susan & John Webster

First Edition Benefactors ($250-$499)

Lauren Adey


Deborah Armour & Jim MacAulay

Barbra Arnold

Martha Baldwin

Birgit & Robert Bateman

Jo Baxendale

Hurriya Burney

Janie Chang

Jane Davidson

Margaret Debbane

Frances Dowdeswell

Anne Elliott

Sarah Ellis

Anne Fleming

Dale Flexman

Janet Fretter

Meg Gaily

Barbara Gelfant

Ian Gill

Zoe Grams

Karin Hartner

EA Doley Henderson

Caroline Hinterberger

Violet & Grant Hughes

Aislinn Hunter

Phyllis Kenney

Wendy Mackay

Fran Maclean

Robert McLean

Barbara Nelles

Eduardo Ottoni

Timothy Pezarro

Joseph Planta

Marion Poggemiller

Beverley Price

Susan & Lonnie Propas

Janet Prowse

William Richardson

Melanie Rupp

Jane Slemon

Diane Stuart

Shelagh Van Kempen

Mike Walker

Beverley Watt

Valerie White

Terry Whitehead

Jan Whitford

Pamela Whittall

Katherine Wreford

Ronald Wright

Patricia Young

New Edition Benefactors ($100-$249)

Barbara Adamo

Amy Adams

Valerie Alber

Janet Allwork


Sabine Arbuckle

Barry Auger

Nancy Barker

Gillian Beattie

Geertje Boschma

Valerie Boser

Avalon Bourne

Brian Brett

Carole Cameron

Deborah Campbell

Angela Champ

Marilyn & Sheldon Chandler

Jane Cherry

Susan Comay & Maurice Bloch

David Conlin

Lynn Copeland

Anne Marie Corrigan

Patricia Curtis

Jennifer Croll

Clare Crosthwait

Jill Davidson

Barbara Dawson

Carol Anne de Balinhard

Charlene De Faye

Leena Desai

Margaret Dickson

Mary Doherty

Susan Duncan

Sonja Embree

Kyla Epstein

Lynda Erickson

Tanya Fairweather

Anne Findlay-Shirras

Jane Flick

Cynthia Flood

William Gibson

Maryke Gilmore

Mary Gilzean

Linda Graham

Louise Hager

Mukhtar Haidar

Doreen Hartley

William Hay

Julia Hedley

Victoria Henderson

Margaret Hewlett

Tiffany Hilman

Stephanie Hollis

Richard Hopkins

Veda Hotel

Karen Howe

Leslie Hunt

Valerie Hunter

Gillian Hurtig

Heather Hyde

Laurence Johnston

Leslie Jones

Dr. Lorena Kanke

Bonnie Klein

Wesley Knapp

Brenda Kumar

Juliet Kwong

Fiona Tinwei Lam

Melanie Last

Alma Lee

Andrea Little

Lesley Llewellyn

Aileen Lord

Marlene Mackenzie

Linda MacKinley-Hay

Michael MacNeill

Judith MacPherson

Jeannette Madill

Meah Martin

Melody Mason

Alicia & Robert Matas

Lee Maxwell

Carol Mayer

Bev McDowell

Robyn McDowell

Angela Wendy McGinn

Tara McGuire

Kathy McInnis

Sharon McKibbon

Allan McMordie

Pam McPhail

Sandra Moe

Jennifer Munro

Cheryl Mutch

Carol Newson

Nelson Ng

Susin Nielsen

Alice Niwinski

Eoin O’Dwyer

Lucille Pacey

Talea Pecora

Meg Penafiel

Bernard Pinsky

Manon Poitras

Brian Porter

Diane Purvey

Barbara Quinn

Lee Rachar

Dorothy Randall

Rae Regan

Kathleen Rittenhouse

Nancy Roberts

Deborah Roitberg

Shirley Rudolph

Anita Salchert

Minna Schendlinger

Heinz Senger

Nisha Sikka

Veronica Singer

Helen Smith

Nicole Smith

Lynda Spratley

Sharon Street

Kaarina Talvila

Adrienne Tanner

Ronnie Tessler

Deborah Thomas

Camilla Tibbs

Deborah Tildesley

Shahin Virji

Claire Vogelhut

Ellen Volden

Olga Volkoff

Judi Walker

Linda Waverley

Jennifer Webb

Kelleen Wiseman

Marian Yaremy

Alma Lee Legacy Fund

In 2006, The Vancouver Writers Fest and several of our community supporters established an endowment fund to celebrate the accomplishments of Festival founder Alma Lee. Our $1 million dollar endowment fund at the Vancouver Foundation enables the Festival to continue to thrive. If you would like to contribute to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund, please visit the Vancouver Foundation.

Colin & Helen Harris

Jab Sidhoo

Yosef Wosk

The Vancouver Sun

Cynthia Woodward

Development Fund

Sandra Garossino

Sheahan & Gerald McGavin

Rudy & Patricia Noth

Megan Abbot

Douglas Coupland

Yulanda & Moh Faris

Anne & Tony Giardini

Scott Griffin

KMC Foundation

Caroline Lawrence

Bonnie Mah

Joanne & David McDonald

Tracey McVicar

Brenda & Michael O’Keefe

Ebie & Ian Pitfield

Rod & Laurie Scheuerman

Helen Shore

Yasmeen & Andrew Strang

Thomas Allen & Sons Ltd.

W.A.U. Nicoll Robertson

Charitable Foundation Trust

John Welson

Jan Whitford & Michael Stevenson