- Published: 23 August 2015
I knew Emily for many years. She was an "early adopter," as they say, of the value of communications technology in education through her work with WiER, and helped us to develop our program at the elementary level in 1990—yes, before the Internet as we know it today. She would work with us for the next 20 or so years.
Emily named our elementary program "Write With You," which, I felt, captured the reciprocal aspirations and possibilities inherent in true mentorship, particularly among the very young. In a sense, she served as a kind of "writing buddy" to children in schools in all parts of Canada through WiER's online residencies.
Now and then, she also took the opportunity to visit some of the schools she worked with online in our program, and she took genuine delight in how the children, having worked with her online for weeks and months, marvelled at her age when they saw her face-to-face.
Even now, long after she found it too difficult to continue, I hear from WiER alumni—now parents—who want to make WiER available to their own children. High praise, indeed.
Emily was 90. WiER's last author biography for Emily is here.
- Published: 19 December 2013
WiER is sorry to report that funding cutbacks in the government sector have had the effect of dropping WiER below an operational level. Accordingly, WiER's Trustees have suspended operations, effective December 31, 2013, which is our fiscal year-end.
The Trustees have opted to suspend the program rather than close it in order to provide some time to investigate other directions. Indeed, there have already been some discussions along these lines.
For more information, here is a PDF of our announcement.
Many thanks, all.
During the period of suspension, we will continue to update our web site, and to make content available (e.g., author bios, The WiER Taps, Wired Writers Podcasts). Please feel free to follow us on Facebook, and on Twitter (@wiredwriters).
Annual CRA filing completed and submitted June 30-15.