Board Members & Staff

Board Members


Kathryn E. Shoemaker, PhD., is the illustrator of over forty books for children, among them, the recent award winning, critically acclaimed Seeking Refuge by Irene N. Watts.  As well she has illustrated hundreds of educational materials. Shoemaker has experience as a curriculum specialist, filmmaker, fund raiser, and event planner.  For the past fifteen years she has taught children’s literature with a specialty in sequential visual narratives at the University of British Columbia. In the community she has served on boards including the Vancouver Writers Fest, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Volunteer Vancouver and she is active in associations that support children’s literature.


Editor-writer Frances Peck (MA, CPE Hon.) is a partner in the BC firm West Coast Editorial Associates. Besides being an editor (of mostly non-fiction) and writer (of both non-fiction and fiction), she teaches editing at the University of British Columbia and Douglas College and gives workshops and presentations across Canada. Frances is a co-author of the HyperGrammar website and the author of Peck’s English Pointers. She is a long-time member and volunteer with Editors Canada, and a member of PLAIN (Plain Language International).


Jo-Anne Naslund is a retired academic librarian from the University of British Columbia. Her education career involved working as a teacher and teacher-librarian in schools in Alberta, British Columbia, and Melbourne, Australia. Her research passions include support for Canadian culture and literacy, Canadian children’s literature, adolescent reading, school libraries, inquiry and teacher education. She has authored school library publications, a book on Problem Based Learning in Teacher Education and has taught courses in teacher-librarianship at the Universities of Melbourne, Alberta, and British Columbia. Her previous board experience has been as President of the Board for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and member of Big Sisters Education Advisory Board , Moving Images Distribution, and Society for Excellence in Education and.  She serves as part of review committees for children’s books for the publication Best Books for Kids and participates as a volunteer with the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, PUSH Festival and Canadian Cancer Society.


Michelle Chang is the VP Finance at Native Shoes, a Vancouver based shoe company making beast free shoes. She has extensive experience with overseeing large accounting and finance teams in growing organizations with experience in construction, P3’s, and private education. Previously, she was a commercial lender and articled to be a Chartered Accountant. She has also sat on the Board of BC Ultimate as Secretary and Vice-President and is on the future leaders committee of St. Paul’s Hospital foundation.

Michelle is an avid ultimate player, balloon animal artist and former dumpling eating champion.

At Large

Rob Bittner (PhD) is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UBC iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies). He is an active member of a number of literary and library organizations and has served on quite a few awards committees, such as the Newbery Medal, the Michael L. Printz Award, as well as the Sheila Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. His work focuses mainly around LGBTQIA2+ representation in Children’s and YA literature. You can find out more about him at

Noreen Ma is a librarian and a Branch Head at the Vancouver Public Library. She has served on the Red Cedar Book Awards board and is also the BC representative for the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Awards. Noreen is a great supporter of local authors and Canadian publishing.


Tracey Block

Lisa Jean Helps

Lana Okerlund


Executive Director

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Administrative Director

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