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Sandy Crawley, Executive Director

Sandy began his career as a self-employed artist in music and theatre. He has appeared in over 80 productions as an actor and served as composer and musical director in a dozen more.

His community leadership began as national president of ACTRA through most of the 1990s followed by stints as senior staff for the Canadian Screen Training Centre, the Documentary Organization of Canada, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and most recently the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Volunteer service includes three terms as a director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, Word-On-The-Street (Ottawa), the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the Cultural Human Resources Council among others. He currently serves on the boards of the Book and Periodical Council, Work In Culture and Access Copyright.

Throughout his time in service to the cultural community he has developed strong relationships across the sector and in government. Working within the writing and publishing sector for the last decade has prepared him for the important task of making reading a source of pleasure and progress for all Canadians in a healthy knowledge economy. He began as Executive Director of the NRC in 2015.

Véronique Beauchamp, Project manager – Reading Town

Recipient of a diploma in arts and media technology, Veronique made her debut in event organization as a logistic coordinator of the Montreal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique and an agent at the Kola Note theatre from 2000 to 2002. After a brief time in community work, she returned to the cultural field as head of projects for the communications firm Les Majuscules from 2005 to 2012, where she worked notably on la Semaine des bibliothèques publiques du Québec (Quebec Public Libraries Week), Journée mondial du livre et du droit d’auteur (World Book and Copyright Day) and the inauguration festivities of Montreal being named World Book Capital City by UNESCO. Working as a freelancer since 2012, she was the adult and youth coordinator of the Prix des libraires du Québec (Bookseller’s Prize of Quebec) from 2012 to 2017 and worked on the project Lire vous tansporte.

After being the community manager for the National Reading Campaign she is now the Project manager for the event Reading Town, she is also, consultant for the Journée mondiale du livre et du droit d’auteur (World Book and Copyright Day) and project manager for Une naissance un livre a program from the Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec (Quebec Public Library Association).

Nancy Cooper, Adjudication Coordinator for the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature.

Nancy Cooper is an Ojibway/Potawatomi/Irish woman from the Rama First Nation in southern Ontario.  She has worked in the Indigenous education field for the past 26 years in local, provincial, national, and international capacities.  With a Masters Degree in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Nancy has been and continues to be a fierce advocate for Indigenous culture based literacy provision.

Nancy was born and raised in northern Ontario and considers the Canadian Shield home.  She has lived in Toronto for the past 26 years.  She is the proud mom to 9 year old twin boys.

Learn more on the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature.

Kara Ghobhainn Smith, English Books' Review Editor

Kara reads with children and teens each and every day in her role as an editor, writer and education professor with the University of Windsor. Author of The Artists of Crow County (Black Moss Press, 2017), Next to the Ice (with writers Cam Cobb and Chris Greig, 2016), and editor of Teaching, Learning, Assessing (2007), Kara also edits book reviews for the Canadian Journal of Education-Revue Canadienne de l’Éducation and the Journal of Teaching and Learning.

Contact Kara through The Writers’ Union of Canada, or on twitter @ghobhainn.