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!
Silvia L. Martini, President
Silvia L. Martini claims her life is sculpted and being continuously transformed by her journey with reading. She is a successful serial entrepreneur, leader, strategist, mentor and community contributor. Silvia’s career spans over 30 years in Saskatoon. A strong advocate for Saskatchewan, she is both inspired and honoured to serve in the capacity of elected President of the Board for Word On The Street Saskatoon, and as its 2017 Festival co-Chair. She also serves as Vice-President of the Board, and Governance Chair for the SaskWater Corporation, and is a recent past Director of the Board for the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. An alumnus of the Edwards School of Business and of the Directors College, she is married to her business partner, Rick, and is a proud mother and “Nonna”.
Doug Zolinsky, Vice 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, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada. Doug is an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan and loves arts and culture.
Lisa Vargo, Secretary
Lisa Vargo is Professor and Head of the Department of English, University of Saskatchewan.
Jenica Nonnekes, Treasurer
Jenica Nonnekes, grew up around books and loves to read. She recently moved to Saskatoon from Ontario and is excited to become involved in the community. 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.
Holly Borgerson Calder
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.
Vijay Kachru is a visual artist and a writer. She is currently a graduate student in the MFA program at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to her arts vocation, Vijay consulted for corporations in Canada, United States, and Britain. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Affinity Gallery, the Stall Gallery, the Thomas More Gallery, and Le Relais. Her stories were published in Spring Magazine and The Society. She also serves on the board of Saskatchewan Book Awards and is a past board member of The Saskatchewan Craft Council.
Erin O. Romanyshyn
Erin has been a librarian since 2004, after completing her MLIS degree at McGill University in Montreal. Following a stint as Reference Librarian for the Saskatoon Health Region, she joined the staff at the Saskatoon Public Library in 2006. She is currently SPL’s Fiction Specialist, and loves promoting literature and reading of all kinds to the citizens of Saskatoon.
Caroline Walker has worked in the book industry for decades, beginning her career with several of the national writers’ associations in Toronto. She moved to Saskatoon as General Manager of Thistledown Press, and became founding President of the Saskatchewan Publishers Group. Subsequently, she was Marketing Manager at Fifth House Publishers before becoming Inventory Manager at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Canada’s largest independent bookstore. In addition to her volunteer work with The Word On The Street, she currently serves on the board of Creative Saskatchewan, a funding agency for the creative industries.
Shannon Cossette loves reading and hearing about people’s stories. This serves her well in her capacity as a communicator and public relations specialist. She recently joined CTV (Bell Canada) in Saskatoon, and speaks highly of her rewarding career prior to this as a Director of Communications in areas such as First Nations non-profit gaming, social licensing, economic development, tourism and education. Shannon brings with her a wealth of experience in marketing and sales and is excited to be one of the newest members to the Board for Word on the Street. Shannon’s and her husband Roger have three boys, who added two lovely ladies to the mix plus one – a new baby granddaughter!
Beth Cotte, M.L.I.S