Meet Louise – Our Presidential Publisher
Louise Wallace-Richmond, Playfort’s founder, is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Master of Publishing program. After ten years in the corporate publishing business, this mom of two boys established Playfort to combine her training and experience with her love of play and books. She’s building a publishing house from the ground up, DIY style. Louise lives with her family in Salmon Arm, BC.
Meet Violet – Our Amazing Administrator
Violet is a recent college grad who started at Playfort Publishing on an internship in June of 2011. Being at the top of her class has earned her a few awards and scholarships, including the President’s Award. She recently formatted and copy edited her first novel for Playfort then used her Gen‐Y savvy to teach herself to turn it into an eBook. Her many responsibilities include organizing the business and establishing operational standards to make day‐to‐day life easier. Her title at the moment is Administrative Assistant, but she is working on a “way cooler” one.
Meet Melanie – Our Author Extraordinaire
Scottish-born Melanie Jackson has worked as a journalist in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, where she now lives with her family. Melanie has written 12 children’s/YA novels, including the acclaimed Dinah Galloway Mystery Series. No Way Out is her third action-suspense novel for young adults, including reluctant readers. Raw Deal is her newest title for Midway Press and is due out in November of 2011. An editor/writer with the BC School Trustees Association, Melanie is on the board of directors of the BC Literacy Council of the International Reading Association. She is also a volunteer writing mentor with the Vancouver School Board.
Meet Don – Our Outstanding Author
Don Sawyer is an educator and writer living with his wife Jan in Salmon Arm, BC. Don recently retired from Okanagan College, where he taught adult education and served as the college’s ABE Department Chair and Director of the International Development Centre. Don coordinated and managed five CIDA-funded development projects in West Africa, including the West African Rural Development Centre (WARD) project, shortlisted for the 2005 Canadian development project of the year.
Don is the author of the award-winning young adult novel Where the Rivers Meet (Pemmican); a non-fiction account of his first teaching experiences in rural Newfoundland, Tomorrow Is School; several children’s books, including The Meanest Teacher in the World, Miss Flint Meets the Great Kweskin, and The Lunchbag Chronicles; a series of novels for beginning adult readers; and numerous curriculum guides and manuals. His essays have appeared in most of Canada’s major newspapers. His website is www.northerned.com.