Mary Osborne brings a passion for the arts and a professional background in non-profit management, marketing, and communications to her role as Executive Director of the Writers’ Trust. From 2005 to 2010, Mary was managing director of a Shakespeare theatre and education company in Connecticut. A former executive with the L'Oreal Group in Paris and New York and special assistant to the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Government House Leader in Ottawa, Mary holds a B.A. in french literature from Western University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
A fiend for new technology and the internets, Katrina studied political science and film at Western University. In addition to her role keeping writers in the digital loop she does freelance communications for The Laneway Project, a nonprofit injecting life into Toronto's underused back alleys. Katrina volunteers with Samara and PEN Canada, helping to improve democratic participation and promote freedom of expression. A wannabe nomad and avid photographer, she spent a year at the University of Lisbon brushing up on her Portuguese while admiring the sea.
Kim Freestone provides over 30 years of multi-industry bookkeeping and office management experience, and holds a bachelor of commerce and project management certificate. She is an accomplished results-driven bookkeeper and managerial accountant with a rare blend of attention to detail and big picture scope, and a proven track record for improved operational efficiencies and pragmatic solutions. Kim's experience includes several charities and not-for-profits as well as numerous corporations, professionals, and sole propretors.
Coordinator of Special Events and Sponsorships
Prior to joining the Writers’ Trust, Kayla worked in event programming, operations, and development with INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair, the Pages UnBound Festival, and Women of Influence. She currently sits on committees for the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash and Scotiabank Pongapalooza. A middling cook, admitted pop culture junky, and semi-pretentious cinephile, Kayla writes poetry and short stories when she's not busy reading. Although overly excitable in general, Kayla is most excited by contributing to a space where writers, readers, and the community can share their love of the written word.
Born in Singapore, James took a circuitous route to Toronto through Indonesia, Cameroon, and various parts of Alberta. He studied history and graduated from both McGill University and the University of Guelph. He can most often be found in the city’s east end with his family and their vocally exuberant Bouvier des Flandres.
Amanda was born in Toronto and grew up in Belleville, Ontario. She earned an honours degree in political studies from Queen’s University. A believer in lifelong learning, she has taken courses at Ryerson University's Chang School and the University of Beunos Aires. Amanda sits on the Board of Directors of the Book and Periodical Council and their Freedom of Expression Committee, which organizes Freedom to Read Week. She volunteers for First Book Canada helping to plan their annual fundraiser Pongapalooza. Amanda practices yoga, sings with Choir! Choir! Choir!, and reads a lot.