Leadership

Dr. Peter Dale, Chairman and Founder

Dr. Dale is the person who came up with the idea of establishing a writing competition that would recognize and celebrate unpublished writers over the age of 50.  He previously helped build a $150 million Canadian private real estate development company operating in Canada and the US. Dr. Dale is currently a licensed mortgage broker and lender, and is a Member of the Trust Institute of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

Veronica Osborn, Executive Director

Veronica had a long and successful career in the BC public service.  In early retirement, she took up the challenge of building The Cedric Literary Awards, with a view to changing the landscape of writing competitions in Canada.  In addition to her work with “the Cedrics”, Veronica volunteers with numerous not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Victoria area where she lives.

Heather Kohler, Chief Creative Officer

Heather is responsible for all of the graphics and creative elements used by The Cedric Literary Awards.  She is a design & communications professional with better than 15 years of experience and success, starting as an Art Director with Chicago advertising firm Kennedy and Associates.  Ms. Kohler is a member of The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and reads anything she can get her hands on.

 

Our Board of Directors

 

Dr. Peter Dale, Chair

 

Dr. Dale came up with the idea of establishing a writing competition that would recognize and celebrate unpublished writers over the age of 50.  He previously helped build a $150 million Canadian private real estate development company operating in Canada and the US. Dr. Dale is currently a licensed mortgage broker and lender, and is a Member of the Trust Institute of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

 

Tracy Ryan, Director

 

Tracy is Executive Director of Silver Threads Service in Victoria. She previously held senior management positions at the YM-YWCA of Greater Victoria and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Tracy also worked with the Municipality of Saanich and Thrifty Foods. Her vision is to address community needs for seniors and be an innovative service provider with strong organizational and financial best practices.

 

Jan Ross, Director

 

Jan is a Heritage and Culture Consultant. She is also the live-in curator of Emily Carr House in Victoria, British Columbia – an 1863 house designated as a national and provincial historic site.

 

Wendy Morton, Director

 

Wendy is a retired insurance investigator, is the author of six books of poetry, and a memoir entitled Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, in which her adventures as a corporate sponsored poet are revealed. She is the founder of Canada’s Random Acts of Poetry project and in 2017 received a Meritorious Service Medal for her work with The Elder Project. Wendy lives in Sooke, British Columbia.

 

Heather Kohler, Director

 

A founding member of Victoria, BC-based 791 Technologies Limited, Heather is a member of The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, the Union Club of British Columbia in Victoria, the Woman’s Club of Evanston, Illinois, and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. A passionate community supporter, she currently serves on the Member Engagement Committee and the Art and Fare fundraising committee of the Union Club of BC. She has served on the advisory Board of the Greater Victoria Film Commission; the Board of Directors of the Victoria Symphony; and the 2003 Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure in Victoria (Media and Marketing Coordinator). In 2010, Ms. Kohler was on the Organizing Committee for the Homecoming Centennial Statue celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy and also chaired the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island’s (QA Foundation) Bear Wear and Butterfly Ball in 2011.