Board of Directors 2019-2020

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: Josephine Atri



Breakfast Coordinator: Anna Stitski-Gemza

Membership Coordinator: Anna Stitski-Gemza


Newsletter Editor:  Maurus Cappa


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.


Director at Large: Dr. Jane Fraser

Researcher, writer, educator and innovator, Dr. Jane Fraser followed up on last summer’s remarkable collaboration with Jasmine Sawant and Sawitri Theatre to produce the play “Gramma” at the Sampradaya Dance Theatre, with a new hope filled and results fueled seniors program called Brain Health for Baby Boomers. So again Jane’s New Year dawns with a dynamic new project that has taken one of Jane’s books and turned it into something much bigger. Jane’s Tecky Seniors Project, a new non-profit group, has received a $25,000 grant from New Horizons for Seniors.