Board Member - Eden Mills Writers' Festival

Discovery Category: Board Members
Start Date: Sep 01, 2021
End Date: Sep 30, 2021
Format: Online
Venue Name: Eden Mills
Address: 19 Cedar Street
Provider: Eden Mills Writers' Festival
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The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is seeking a candidate with fundraising experience to serve on its Board of Directors. The board member will oversee a committee responsible for the development and implementation of fundraising campaigns and events in support of the Festival’s mission.  This is an opportunity for a people-focused creative thinker with strong communication skills and an appreciation for the arts.  

Eden Mills is located 12km east of Guelph/90km west of Toronto. Board meetings are held monthly and are currently held online.  Online will remain an option once we resume in-person meetings.
About the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival: Founded in 1989, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is a nationally acclaimed literary event, treasured by book lovers and authors, and widely respected by Canada’s literary community. Our mandate is to inspire, enlighten and enchant by presenting a literary festival that provides stimulating, thought-provoking and entertaining programming for all ages. 

We strive to reflect Canada's rich diversity and encourage community and connection by ensuring our programming includes BIPOC, LGBQT2S, new generation, disabled and Francophone perspectives. We nurture the next generation of writers by supporting aspiring writers through workshops, literary and poetry writing contests, and reading sets for yet-to-be published writers.

In 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic, the festival met its mandate by offering a highly successful series of online literary events. In 2022, we will be returning to our annual three-day festival in September. The festival is unique among Canadian literary festivals in that our main event is held outdoors. On Festival Sunday, the village of Eden Mills is closed to traffic. Residents make their properties available as reading sites, their lovely gardens providing a perfect storybook setting for the festival. Other volunteers generously donate their time to set up and oversee reading sites, staff the gates and information booth, hand out free drinking water and more. Their welcoming spirit makes the festival a uniquely warm and friendly experience for patrons and authors alike. In 2019 (our most recent in-person festival), Open Book Ontario described the festival as “One of the Most Unique Literary Destinations in the Province”.

The Festival provides programming for all ages – children, teen and adults. Our intended publics embrace all members of the community, including diverse cultural, Indigenous, LGBQT2S, disabled and official language minority groups. 

The festival is governed by a nine-person board responsible for strategic and succession planning, financial management, fundraising and human resource management. Our paid staff consists of a Festival Manager and an Artistic Director, supported by seasonal staff from May to September. 

As a board member, you will be joining a highly engaged team to produce a festival that has been described as ‘a little gem’ by poet Lorna Crozier and ‘one of my favourite festivals’ by novelist Terry Fallis.  

If you would like to help us create an informed and articulate community that connects with open hearts and open minds, please submit a covering letter expressing your interest and a bio/resume to Hélène Duguay at

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