Debbie Mealia & Jim Budd

Investors Group financial consultants Debbie Mealia and Jim Budd of Mealia Budd & Associates have been long-time donors and the Festival’s Opening Night sponsors for 15 years. “We felt it was a wonderful opportunity to support our community,” says Debbie. “I have a lot of respect for the organization and how it’s run.” She has … Continue reading “Debbie Mealia & Jim Budd”

Sarah Mitchell

At seven years old, Sarah Mitchell already wanted to be a writer. She started attending the Festival with her mom when she was a teen. “Growing up on the Coast, I sometimes found it hard to access the kind of art and media I wanted to,” Sarah recalls. “The Festival was a symbol of what … Continue reading “Sarah Mitchell”

Moira Clement

“When you get your new calendar, the first thing you do is mark off the writers festival,” advises Moira Clement, a veteran attendee who has been to every festival ever produced. Over 37 years, Moira has seen a lot of authors come through Sechelt. She recalls a young David Suzuki giving a presentation under a … Continue reading “Moira Clement”

Bev Craig

Bev Craig is a long-time Festival attendee and supporter and was a teacher and a literacy and curriculum coordinator with School District 46 for many years. It wasn’t a big leap for her to connect her love of the Festival and literacy with her work in Coast classrooms. Through the Celebration of Authors, Books and … Continue reading “Bev Craig”