The Word On The Street is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canadian reading, writing, and champions literacy primarily through a free, annual outdoor festival. Each September, in communities from coast to coast, we invite everyone to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops, and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. And it’s free!
Doug Zolinsky, President
Doug Zolinsky is currently the Director General of Western Economic Diversification, Government of Canada. He has held senior executive positions in the private sector and public sector. Doug is an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan.
Beth Cote, Vice President
Director, Public Services, Saskatoon Public Library
Beth is an avid reader who is passionate about literacy.
Edna Jen Warrington
Edna retired from the University of Saskatchewan Library in 2012, after a long career in Government Publications and then as the Library’s first Development Officer. An avid reader, Edna is happy to promote reading and books.
Vijay Kachru National Liaison
Vijay Kachru is a visual artist and a writer. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a past board member of Saskatchewan Craft Council and Saskatchewan Book Awards
Jenica Nonnekes, Treasurer
Jenica Nonnekes, grew up around books and loves to read. Jenica joined the board of The Word On The Street Saskatoon in March 2015. Jenica is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Virtus Group’s Saskatoon office. Jenica provides professional financial and business advisory services for not-for-profit, corporate and owner-managed businesses.
Lisa Vargo, Secretary
Lisa Vargo is Professor and Head of the Department of English, University of Saskatchewan.
Holly Borgerson Calder, Program Chair
Holly Borgerson Calder, an Honours English graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, is a retired court reporter and bookseller. She served six years on the Board of Directors of Sage Hill Writing Experience, and has been on the Board of Saskatoon Word on the Street since March of 2014. Having developed a skill in digital graphics in recent years, she designed the logos for both the Kloppenburg Literary Award and The Sage Hill Writing Experience.
Deborah has worked in the Saskatoon community for many years in the areas of advocacy, social justice and community resilience. An alumni of Leadership Saskatoon, she is passionate about community wellness and innovation. The question that keeps her up at night (but makes her heart dance!) is “What is possible? Currently the Director of Operations and Engagement at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, her passion for reading began at a very young age. Deborah’s believes that literacy must be available to everyone.
This belief was reinforced through her advocacy efforts within the education system on behalf of her son, Noah.