2018 Judges



Rolli is the author of numerous books for adults and children including The Sea-Wave (Guernica Editions), which was longlisted for the Saboteur Award, and Kabungo (Groundwood), which won the 2015/2016 Joan Betty Stuchner Award. His short fiction has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, The Walrus and other outlets. Rolli lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. Visit his website (rollistuff.com) and follow him on Twitter @rolliwrites.

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Val Stone

Often found curled up with her three dogs, Valerie enjjoys a good read. With a diploma in Busiess Management from Ryerson, her love for reading and intergrating it with career choices came apparent early. Soon workinng and books went hand in hand. Bookstore manager, stay at home mom and later a library assistant all allowed herto discover a wide variety of literature. Reading is a daily routine aand stories are consumed at a voracious speed. Now sem-retired, VAlerie is a software grphical designer, grows her own organic fruit and vegetables, does extensive ornamental and habitat gardening, and provides a permanent home for several rescued and retired animals.

andrew and jennJudges: Andrew Gunn and Jenn Klassen, STEAM City Media

City Media is a student-run media outlet, one of the innovative programs for young people that operates at the STEAM Centre in St. Thomas, Ontario. Launched in February 2018, STEAM City Media features three student-journalists (and two adult advisors) who cover news and events in the community, and generate original content to share online via social media platforms and a dedicated website. The purpose of STEAM City Media is to give young people a voice locally by bringing a fun, thoughtful approach to how people connect in St. Thomas, Elgin County, London and beyond!

Andrew Gunn is one of the adult advisors at STEAM City Media. He grew up on a farm in Elgin County, attended Central Elgin Collegiate Institute, and is a graduate of Queen’s University and McMaster University. Recently he has worked in the Advancement Office and taught agriculture and business at Fanshawe College, and has been a journalist too, conducting interviews with many prominent Canadian musicians, artists, authors, and politicians. Currently he runs his own consulting firm, which focusses on impact philanthropy and special projects. Andrew has supported and volunteered with many organizations in London, St. Thomas, and Elgin County. He is thrilled to be able to help coordinate the activities of the student-journalists at STEAM City Media.

Jenn Klassen is the one of the student-journalists at STEAM City Media. She scripts and hosts a number of shows on social media and writes articles on a wide range of topics. Additionally, she serves as President; in this capacity, she helps to imagine and implement the strategic goals of the organization. Jenn attends Central Elgin Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas. Currently in grade eleven, she enjoys history, English, and personal fitness. Jenn would like to work with children in the future. In her leadership role with STEAM City Media, she has helped to attract donors and sponsors, and aims to make a positive difference in the community through her work. Together, Andrew and Jenn host a new book review show on the STEAM City Media Instagram page; in the summer, the show is called ‘Books by the Water’, and in the winter, ‘Books by the Fire’. In early episodes, they have focussed on books by authors like Michael Ondaatje, Joanna Goodman, Eden Robinson and Richard Wagamese. Andrew and Jenn are very excited to be judges of the 2018 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award!