Our Team


SANDRA WICKHAM - Festival Goddess, Chairperson

Sandra's friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra's short stories have appeared in many anthologies and online magazines. She slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine and for some unknown reason, likes to tackle giant projects like a weekend long literary festival.



Margaret Arsenault - General Magician 

Margaret, master crafter and long time bookworm, is always there for the committee when it needs a little magic. Because that's what she does. 


Mel Dawn - Copy Editor

For an inexplicable reason, Mel Dawn moved into New Westminster and never left. She’s a professionally published online content writer who also enjoys writing speculative fiction. Besides numerous published articles and short stories she also has two published books under her full name of Melanie Dixon: The Aquaria Chronicles; and Just One More Purr: Chronic and Terminal Illness Support for Cats and the Humans Who Love Them.


Kate Embree - Programming 

Kate Embree is a literary nerd who loves to write, owns reptiles bigger than she is, and conveniently has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do to back up the snark that often escapes her. She got tricked into that "school" thing for a Bachelor's degree in English literature, which is why she has two jobs now. Kate is Sandra's programming assistant/slave for Creative Ink, and will be hanging around the festival in an as-yet unspecified support role.


Steph Galay - Session Coordinator

Stephanie Galay is a recent transplant to the Okanagan and a HUGE fan of the fabulous Sandra Wickham and CIF.

Stephanie’s first CIF experience ended with a Facebook post (not hers) touting her as possibly “the next Canadian Master of Thrillers.” We may never find out because as a self-proclaimed perfectionist, her own ruthless edits may never end.

When Stephanie isn’t writing, she loves spending time with her family and friends, being a slave to their two cats Hal and Loki, and blissfully doing whatever she can for CIF.


Kristene Perron - Kindle Giveaway Co-ordinator, Photographer, Chair Hand Holder

Kristene Perron is the non-official Creative Ink Festival photographer, the Kindle Giveaway giveaway-er, and Sandra Wickham’s highly trained hand holder. She has been with the festival since the beginning and will be here until the end, even if that means summoning a demon to grant her immortality.

She is also the co-author of the adventure science fiction series Warpworld, the 2010 winner of the Surrey International Writer’s Conference Storyteller Award, and a 2015 Writers of the Future finalist. Her stories have appeared in Escape Pod, Denizens of Darkness, Canadian Storyteller Magazine, The Barbaric Yawp, Hemispheres Magazine, and she has a novelette coming out in the Fall 2018 issue of Pulp Literature.

When you see her at the Creative Ink festival, and if you ask nicely, she will show you her bagpipes impersonation.


Samantha Reeves - Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

Sometimes blogger and scheduler extraordinaire, Samantha is a hodgepodge of many different things.  When not helping out with the Creative Ink Festival, Samantha can be found managing a dental office, working on multiple craft projects at the same time, and tending to her colony of collectable penguin figurines. 


Alicen Ricard - Social Media Coordinator

Alicen Ricard is an urban fantasy writer who spends more time in fictional lands than in reality. When she isn't writing or being a communications coordinator, she's generally dressed as fictional characters, being awkward, or playing with cats.


T. G. Shepherd - GoH Liason, Festival Enforcer

T. G. Shepherd not only looks after the Guests of Honour, she also is in charge of any enforcement required. If you think she looks like she could kill you, it's because she could. 


Andrea Westaway - Registration, Website

Andrea Westaway is a podcaster and aspiring writer with a passion for pop culture. She has a 9-5 but talks Buffy the Vampire Slayer on her podcast Tiny Fences, and helps Sandra with whatever she can in her free time.