Board of Directors 2017-2018

Board Appointments
Member Reading Coordinator – Jasmine Jackman

Past Presidents of WEN:

  • Gay Peppin 2001-2006
  • Dr. Jasmine D’Costa 2006-2009
  • Dr. Glenn S. Reid, D. Mgt 2009-2010
  • Richard Best  2010-2011

President: Maria Pia Marchelletta
WEN Writing Circle Co-ordinator:

Maria Pia MarchellettaMaria Pia Marchelletta is a teacher, poet, writer, editor and translator.She has written three poetry books “Nocturnal Lament” (2008), “On the wings of Dawn” (2009) and “Sentieri dell’Anima/Journey of the Soul” (2010). She obtained her Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Toronto, She was awarded second prize for her short story in the 2009 Ottawa Literary Festival. Maria was the vice-president, program co-ordinator, co-editor and co-ordinator of the WEN Anthology “Canadian Imprints.” She is the founder and chair of the Toronto Bayview Chapter and Italo-Canadian Chapter of the Canadian Federation of Poets.

Vice President and Program Director: Jasmine Jackman

jasmineportraiJasmine worked for 3M Canada Pharmaceuticals for almost two decades in several capacities: Bilingual Senior Professional Service Advisor, Account Executive, National Training Manager and Pharmaceutical Regional Sales Manager for Ontario, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia until she entered teaching in 2006. Teaching has allowed Jasmine to dedicate more of her time to community endeavours. Jasmine was WEN secretary and has been on the Boards of several community organizations in the role of Associate Director, Director, and Vice President as well as others. She participated on a Sensitivity panel reviewing reading materials created for students and is current taking part in a new programme at OISE U of T sponsored by CODE called Leading for Equity. In 2010 Jasmine worked as a United Nations online volunteer and completed research for an NGO exploring the use of microcredit for women in Kenya. Jasmine has spent most of this past year completing two documentaries: Providing Safe spaces for LBGTQ Students and Like a Rose Trampled on the Ground: Building Self- Esteem in our Youth. She currently chairs a Youth Advisory Council. An advocate for social justice, Jasmine volunteers her time mentoring underserviced youth in prison. She is a recipient of the 2011 Teacher Recognition award from the OSSTF Excellence in Teaching Committee. A published poet, Jasmine also writes, short stories, and plays. She is a member of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association, Canadian Confederation of Poets, and a contributor to the Canadian Multicultural Journal. She resides in Mississauga with her husband, Lorne, and sons, Steven and Michael.

Treasurer: Maurus Cappa

Maurus graduated with a Masters in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He recently retired from IBM after a successful career of 30 years spanning everything from hardware development to software testing and management and was awarded two patents. He is co-founder of the Toronto Toastmasters Club where he serves as Treasurer and Webmaster. He has been an avid Amateur Astronomer since childhood and now writes poems about astronomy and short stories which have been published in several anthologies.

Secretary: Barb Nobel


Barb Nobel writes short stories and poetry for enjoyment, certainly not for profit.



Breakfast Coordinator: Diane Makarowski



Membership Coordinator: Mostafa Dini
mostafadiniMostafa M. Dini is a Chemical Engineer graduated from Sharif University of Technology,  in Iran; and has a Process Engineering from Huddersfield Polytechnic, England.

He has worked for more than 30 years in trouble shooting, conceptual, basic, detail engineering of petrochemical projects, including utility plants; and has had positions of a Process Engineer to Engineering Director and Board Member. He has worked as representative in offices of several licensors and engineering consulting companies in European countries. He continued engineering job in an engineering office after immigrating to Toronto for few years. At present he is working on a research project.

He has certificate in English for Academic Purposes, Value Engineering Module I and II (California 2002) and  Project Management Certificate (Carleton University, Ottawa 2000).

His technical company-internal-publications in Canada are: “Pneumatic Conveying Design Package” , with related calculating software; “Design Integrity Manual” for a paint manufacturing plant.

Back home, he issued two volumes of “Front End Design Package”; “Lubricant Equivalents for New Complexes” and several deficiencies and debottlenecking reports for existing plants;

Further to technical works, he has been in love with research and writing in philosophy and science always; and has published six volumes of books up to now: “Continuity Theory”, “Philosophy of Continuity” and “Kinematics of the Brain Activities”.

He has few manuscripts in hand to publish.

He is a member of International Association for Dream Studies.

Newsletter Editor:  tba


Communications Coordinator:  tba

Director at Large: Marianne Funny

MarianneFunnyMarianne has an antique business selling on Ebay with over 14,000 positive transactions.
She recently retired her position as president of a non-profit gym club for which she has been a volunteer for several decades.

By nature she is a diarist who loves the written word.

She has published her first non-fiction book Diary of a Self-Help Junkie.


Greeter: Fran Edelstein

Fran EdelsteinFranFinalCropped01 was born in Montreal, raised in Toronto, attended creative writing classes at Ryerson University and went on to write feature stories in major newspapers, art and antiques periodicals. Set to Music and Other Stories, her collection of seven short stories, won an Editors Choice Award, (can be found in Toronto libraries, or ordered from any bookstore in the world). She is currently working on her first novel. Fran is the mother of three and a grandmother.