Write ON! Contributors

Alhabahbeh, Lina Ismail |entries| BSc (Phys. Ed.) is a teacher, MBC ambassador, and community volunteer working with children and special needs groups in reading clubs and other events as a multilingual storyteller. She recently published her kid’s book, Sam And His Granddad – An Alzheimer’s Story (IOWI, 2018).

Banfalvi, Elizabeth |entries| is the co-founder of the Mississauga Writers Group. She has been teaching meditation and doing workshops on stress relief since 1996. In 2008, she started writing a series of Meditation books. So far, she has written eight, and is looking forward to adding more on a variety of topics.

Chowdury, Ishrat |entries| MSc (Home Economics) started writing Bengali poems in childhood. Later, her English poems (from a love of the Literature) were published in the Bangladesh Observer. She and her husband are well-traveled. She has two adult daughters. An avid nature lover, her observations are reflected in her writing.

De Francesco, Gisele |entries| has been a writer for over 30-years. When the pandemic started, she was inspired more than ever to write. She has always written something every day, whether it is music or poetry. Writing is and will always be cathartic for her.

Duddu, Savithri |entries| is passionate about writing and photography. She has written articles related to business and human resources; and short stories and poems that are thoughtful and inspiring. She has a deep interest in everything surrounding her and in connecting with people. Currently, she is working in the financial sector.

Frommer, Frances |entries| (retired librarian) has been owned by three heavenly felines – Mooney, Angel and Star (deceased) and is currently managed by Precious and Sweetie. She has been published in I Love Cats, Cat Talk and Cats, Cats, Cats and More Cats: The Pride Rescue Anthology.

Gopaul, Vidya Vasant |entries| is the author of Race The Time. He is a regular contributor to the Peel Weekly Newspaper on politics, social justice, religion and current affairs. He is currently working on other novels. He enjoys traveling (visited 65 countries), photography, fishing, gardening and spending quality time with his three cute grandsons.

Hanna, Olive |entries| is a retired Registered Nurse, passionate about women’s health, a mother and grandmother. In making fairy villages for garden display, she finds inspiration for writing about plant and human behaviour. She is the author of Every Woman’s Health Record, to organize and maintain personal health information.

Kaur, Parveen |entries| is the author of two books of poetry in Hindi, Main Mand Sameer Se Anandit and Dehri Pe Ruk Ja; and in Punjabi, a book of short stories, Par Kiyoon, and poetry, Rahan Ne Wan Suwaniyan. Her work has been well published. Also a visual artist, she paints landscapes in oil and acrylic many of which are with private collectors and corporations in Canada and abroad.

Lagarde, Maria |entries| has had a long career in public service and now aspires to share her musings about the world around and within us through creative writing.

Lewis, Serina |entries| is a retired educator, a yoga instructor and aspiring writer. She spends time hiking, gardening, meditating, reading, writing, listening to music or simply enjoying the companionship of family and friends.

Manzoor, Sajeda |entries| is an Early Childhood Educator and writer of poems, adult and children’s stories. Her writing portrays love, peace, humanity and nature. She enjoys making and teaching crafts, is working on perfecting the keyboard and has participated in quite a few open mics.

Nwakoby, Jane |entries| BA, MFA, BEd is an educator and a member of the Colour and Form Society. A number of her spectacular paintings, commissioned projects and murals can be found in many public and private art collections.

Shahabuddeen, Faid |entries| is of the legal profession. He wrote two works of historical nonfiction published in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He is a member of Oakville Poetry & Prose where he has been reading his poems since 2017 to appreciative colleagues.

Thomas, Belynda Wilson |entries| is married and the mother of two adult children. She self-published her debut novel, Secrets and Silence, in 2020; and is currently working on her second, Secrets and Sorrow. She is a member of the Toastmasters Club, and author of her own blog.

Wong, Miranda |entries| works in public service within the legal field. She writes poetry, short stories and lyrics on equality, discrimination, self-help and mental wellness, many published in various anthologies.

Yiren |entries| is a Chinese Canadian translator/interpreter. She loves writing and likes to share her work with anyone who is interested. She published her book of poetry, Waiting for Spring, in 2019. She believes that writing is a beautiful way of loving and sharing life.

Yun, Christina |entries| performs on stages worldwide (Canada, USA, Italy). She is the Artistic Matchmaker for Sarah Klapman’s online musician collective, Inside Voice Music, as well as a current contract artist with COSA Canada in their 2021 performance season. She is an avid poet. Connect with her for more poetry and music on her website.

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