Access Copyright Foundation Proud to Present its 2023 Professional Development Grant Recipients

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

TORONTO: February 14, 2024 – In 2023, Access Copyright Foundation awarded $60,000 in Professional Development Grant funding to the following 17 creators and eight organizations:

  • Leah Bobet; Toronto, ON
  • Esmeralda Cabral; Vancouver, BC
  • Heather Camlot; Toronto, ON
  • Conundrum Press; Wolfville, NS
  • Dundurn Press Ltd.; Toronto, ON
  • Fernwood Publishing; Halifax, NS
  • Freehand Books; Calgary, AB
  • Joan Marie Galat; Spruce Grove, AB
  • Elizabeth Haynes; Calgary, AB
  • Karin Hedetniemi; Victoria, BC
  • Renée Hetherington; Cranbrook, BC
  • Richard Kemick; Rossland, BC
  • Chelene Knight; Harrison Hot Springs, BC
  • Kirsteen MacLeod; Kingston, ON
  • Premee Mohamed; Edmonton, AB
  • Jessica Moore; Toronto, ON
  • Nancy O’Rourke; Westmount, QC
  • Portage & Main Press; Winnipeg, MB
  • Adelle Purdham; Peterborough, ON
  • Renegade Arts Canmore Ltd; Canmore, AB
  • Room Magazine; Vancouver, BC
  • SaskBooks; Regina, SK
  • Leanne Shirtliffe; Calgary, AB
  • Melanie Siebert; Victoria, BC
  • Erin Soros; North Vancouver, BC

“The thirst to learn more and grow in the creative and cultural industries is unquenchable,” said Paul Seesequasis, chair of Access Copyright Foundation. “I am pleased that the Foundation has been able to, for the tenth time now, provide an opportunity for creators, publishers, and others to feed their drive for knowledge. My sincerest congratulations to the Foundation’s 2023 Professional Development Grant recipients.”

Access Copyright Foundation grants are awarded through a peer review process administered by SK Arts on behalf of the Foundation. The Foundation thanks Kern Carter, author (Boys and Girls Screaming (Orca)), dee Hobsbawn-Smith, poet (Among the Untamed (Frontenac House)) and essayist and Donna Morrissey, author (Pluck: A Memoir of a Newfoundland Childhood and the Raucous, Terrible, Amazing Journey to becoming a Novelist (Viking)) for serving on the jury for the 2023 Professional Development Grant program.

About the Professional Development Grant

Access Copyright Foundation’s Professional Development Grant program supports artistic and professional skills development for individuals and organizations engaged in the creation, production and publication of text and images.

About Access Copyright Foundation

Access Copyright Foundation provides support to creators and organizations engaged in the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works in the literary and visual arts. It is an arm’s-length foundation of Access Copyright which is a collective voice of creators and publishers in Canada.

To learn more about Access Copyright Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website.

For a look at how Access Copyright Foundation’s grants support Canada’s creative community, please visit the Foundation’s Spotlight page.

For media inquiries:
Robert Gilbert, Communications Specialist, Access Copyright 

For information on Access Copyright Foundation Grants Programs:
Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant, SK Arts