Meet our board


Jess Wind, President

Jess is a small-business owner, a freelance writer, and an instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley. She has an M.A. in communications from Carleton University and is just as smart and fancy as she sounds. She also plays a mean game of Mario Kart, knows a lot about zombies, and shares a birthday with Harry Potter.

Dessa Bayrock, Secretary

Dessa has two English degrees, a passion for book reviews, and not enough coffee. By day, she is a PhD student at Carleton University, where she studies book prizes and gnashes her teeth over the state of CanLit. She lives 5000 kilometres away from the rest of the board members, and is a self-described Google Hangouts prodigy. You can find her, or, at least, more about her, at

Aymee Leake, Treasurer

Aymee is a graduate of the visual arts program at UFV, and a staunch arts advocate in Abbotsford. She has been an enthusiastic administrator and coordinator in a variety of organisations, including the Abbotsford Arts Council and a number of galleries. In 2016, she was nominated for the Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate award. She’s quirky, passionate, and patently hilarious.


Katie Stobbart, Ex Officio

Katie is the founding editor of Raspberry Magazine, a small-business owner, and the master of her own destiny. She’s worked at a variety of arts organizations in the Fraser Valley, including the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, the Abbotsford Arts Council, and The Cascade. You can find her writing content for QuiQuill and leading her D&D party to certain doom.

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