Staff


Mary OsborneMary Osborne 
Executive Director
mosborne@writerstrust.com
416.504.8222 x244

Mary Osborne brings a passion for the arts and a professional background in nonprofit management, marketing, and communications to her role as Executive Director of the Writers’ Trust. From 2005 to 2010, Mary was managing director of a Shakespeare theatre and education company in Connecticut. A former executive with the L'Oreal Group in Paris and New York and special assistant to the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Government House Leader in Ottawa, Mary holds a B.A. in french literature from Western University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
 

Katrina AfonsoKatrina Afonso
Digital Marketing Manager
kafonso@writerstrust.com
416.504.8222 x246

A fiend for new technology and the internets, Katrina studied political science and film at Western University. In addition to her role keeping writers in the digital loop, she does freelance photography and communications for The Laneway Project, a nonprofit injecting life into Toronto's underused back alleys, and House of VR, the city's most artful virtual reality lounge. Katrina also volunteers with Samara and PEN Canada, helping to improve democratic participation and promote freedom of expression.


Kayla Calder, Writers' Trust Development ManagerKayla Calder
Development Manager
kcalder@writerstrust.com
416.504.8222 x243

Prior to joining the Writers’ Trust, Kayla worked in programming, operations, and development with INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair, the Pages UnBound Festival, and Women of Influence. After receiving an Honours BA in English Literature and Film from Carleton University, she earned a graduate certificate in Book and Magazine Publishing from Centennial College, and a graduate certificate in Fundraising from George Brown College. Kayla is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has sat on committees for the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash and the RBC Capital Markets Pongapalooza. Kayla describes herself as a middling cook, an admitted pop culture junkie, and a brazen lover of words.
 

James DaviesJames Davies
Program Director
jdavies@writerstrust.com
416.504.8222 x245

Born in Singapore, James took a circuitous route to Toronto through Indonesia, Cameroon, and various parts of Alberta. He studied history and graduated from both McGill University and the University of Guelph. He can most often be found in the city’s east end with his family and their vocally exuberant Bouvier des Flandres.
 

Kim FreestoneKim Freestone
Bookkeeper
kfreestone@writerstrust.com
416.504.8222 x240

Kim Freestone provides over 30 years of multi-industry bookkeeping and office management experience, and holds a bachelor of commerce and project management certificate. She is an accomplished results-driven bookkeeper and managerial accountant with a rare blend of attention to detail and big picture scope, and a proven track record for improved operational efficiencies and pragmatic solutions. Kim's experience includes several charities and not-for-profits as well as numerous corporations, professionals, and sole propretors.
 

Amanda HopkinsAmanda Hopkins
Program Manager
ahopkins@writerstrust.com
416.504.8222 x242

Amanda was born in Toronto, grew up in Belleville, Ontario, and graduated from Queen’s University. Prior to joining the Writers’ Trust, she worked in publicity at the Terry Fox Foundation. Amanda serves on the Board of Directors of the Book and Periodical Council and on their Freedom of Expression Committee, which organizes Freedom to Read Week. She has volunteered on event planning committees for First Book Canada’s Pongapalooza and the Scotiabank Giller Light Bash, which benefits Frontier College. Amanda practices yoga, sings with Choir! Choir! Choir!, and reads a lot. She and her husband live in the east end neighbourhood known as The Beach with their adopted mixed-breed dog, Patches.


Devon JacksonDevon Jackson
Events Coordinator
djackson@writerstrust.com
416.504.8222 x248

Devon hails from the metropolis of Fenelon Falls, Ontario. He comes from a varied background in theatre production, Kiwi public policy, and craft brewing. After his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University, he completed his Master’s in playwriting at the University of Edinburgh and his arts administration and cultural management graduate certificate at Humber College. Devon is an avid Meryl Streep admirer, writer and reader of plays, and creator of crosswords.
 

 

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