Now she's serving her second term as President of CANSCAIP
(her first term was 1997 to 1999).
She was also a one-woman clipping service; for years members of CANSCAIP received envelopes from Claire containing copies of reviews of their latest publications, with encouraging, often jocular, notes penned at the bottom.
As Barbara Greenwood wrote me the week after Claire died: "Those of us who have been part of CANSCAIP from the early days thought of her as the guiding light, not in a gung-ho 'let's put on a show' way (thank goodness) but as a steady beacon keeping us on course.
Once, as keynote speaker at CANSCAIP's Packaging Your Imagination conference, she recounted her struggles as a writer and also as a recovering alcoholic --a remarkable moment which told everyone in the room that you can overcome circumstances that seem destined to defeat you, given the will and the strength.
Arthur Slade will speak about Steampunk at CANSCAIP
's Packaging Your Imagination in Toronto on November 6, 2010.
(The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers) is established to provide a forum for individuals involved in writing and illustrating children's books and in performing for children.
Presented by CANSCAIP
(the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers), this event offers a variety of practical sessions on aspects of writing, illustrating and getting a manuscript published.
Prairie Horizons Conference 2007, entitled "We're All In This Together," will take place from September 14 to 16, 2007.
Author, CANSCAIP founder and mentor Claire Mackay was honoured and celebrated on March 30 by many in the book community.
Claire Mackay has been not only an award-winning author in her own right, she was one of the founders of the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).
Proceeds from the event are going to a special CANSCAIP fund to help emerging children's artists.
Collection, a travelling exhibit of art from members of the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers, was also a highlight of this week.