The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Director, Lesley Fletcher. Lesley is thrilled to rejoin the League of Canadian Poets, where she previously worked as an Administrative and Communications Coordinator from September 2012 ‒ January 2014. She is a literature-obsessed graduate of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College, and has worked in many parts of the Canadian literary industry, including as a bookseller, a freelance writer and editor, a social media manager for self-published authors, and with the Book and Periodical Council.
Lesley rejoins the LCP from the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), where she worked as the manager of the MyStore independent retail division since early 2014. In her time at the RCC, where she supported independent bookstores and publishers, she reports being most proud of playing a pivotal role in the success of the inaugural Authors for Indies Day in 2015. The second installation of this successful event will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Lesley comments “This will be my second time working with the League of Canadian Poets, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to rejoin the team. The LCP provides crucial support to individual poets in different stages of their careers, and creates ongoing opportunities to introduce poetry to new audiences. I am so looking forward to working with the incredible League staff and membership to create even more opportunities to support Canadian Poetry.”
Ayesha Chatterjee, Chair of the LCP Board, says “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Lesley on board as Executive Director. Her strong skills and vision will have a dynamic impact on the organisation in the coming years, and her passion for poetry and the League is infectious.”
The LCP Board and staff extend their thanks and appreciation to outgoing Executive Director Joanna Poblocka for 13 years of leadership and for steering the LCP with an always-steady hand. She took on the executive directorship during a difficult time for the organisation and guided it through to the stable position that it is in now. Chatterjee adds “We owe Joanna a great deal of gratitude and wish her all the very best for the future.”