2019 Adjudicators

CW Cathleen With, Vancouver, BC (Creative Writing)

Cathleen With completed her Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her thesis became the short story collection Skids (Arsenal Pulp, 2006), about street kids on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison (winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize), is her first novel, inspired by her years of teaching in the North. Skids, her short story collection about street kids from the Davie Village to the Downtown Eastside was short-listed for the 2007 Relit Award. She was also short-listed for the 2006 Western Magazine Award for her story, “Carny” which was featured in Humanist Perspectives. She has been published in several literary journals, including The Antigonish Review, Grain, and Fireweed.

Among Cathleen’s many adventures, she has worked at a camp for disabled kids and lived for six months in Hawaii and Australia. She served as a drama education volunteer in Kathmandu, a caregiver at Mother Theresa’s Home for the Sick and Destitute in Calcutta, an English teacher to former sex trade kids in Cambodia, and as a teacher in Inuvik, NWT and in Seoul, Korea. While abroad, Cathleen got to see free opera while writing weekender articles for The Korea Herald, and dabbled in writing for an alternative Cambodian ‘zine.

Though her work is fiction, many of the stories in Skids are based on her friends’ voices, some now gone, and her own experiences battling addictions and depression in her youth. Cathleen has also trained as a Learning Assistance, Drama in Education, and English teacher, and enjoys working one on one with alternative youth who have trouble adapting to the public school system. She is currently a part-time adult education teacher in Vancouver.

Her first novel, Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison, is in hardcover, paperback and e-book format with Penguin Group Canada (2009). She is represented by Denise Bukowski of The Bukowski Agency.
GP Grant Paterson, Calgary, AB (Intermediate & Senior Speech Arts)

Grant Paterson is a well-known teacher, actor, adjudicator, and examiner. He teaches on the faculty of the School of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University, Calgary, and directs Mount Royal Conservatory’s Young Shakespeare Company.

Mr. Paterson holds Associate Diplomas (Gold Medal) in Speech Arts and Drama from Mount Royal College and from The Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto. He is a Fellow of Trinity College of Music London. He also holds a Professional Acting Diploma from Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies from the University of Calgary. His teachers have included Patsy Rodenburg, Sheila Moriarty, Francis Thomas, and Leona Paterson.

Mr. Paterson has adjudicated many festivals throughout Canada, including the Canadian National Festival, and has given numerous workshops on topics such as Public Speaking, Voice and Speech, and Text and Voice. He is a senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has contributed to publications of the RCM including the Speech Arts and Drama Syllabus, 2011 edition.

As an actor, Mr. Paterson has many performance and acting credits. His play, Rhyme Rustler: The Ballad of Robert Service, had two triumphant seasons at Calgary’s Vertigo Theatre.

Mr. Paterson is happy to be back in Vancouver, where he lived in the late 1980s, working as a bicycle courier on the slick downtown streets.

JS Jane Sanden, Toronto, ON (Junior Speech Arts)

Jane comes to speech coaching from a love of creative storytelling and theatre. Cultivating a speaker’s authenticity, in both style and content, is fundamental to her work.

Jane holds a BFA in Theatre from The University of Victoria, a BEd in Arts Education from Queen’s University, an ARCT in Speech Arts and Drama from The Royal Conservatory of Music, an ATCL in Drama and Speech from Trinity College London and is currently training with the Royal Conservatory of Music College of Examiners.

She has taught Speech Arts in Calgary, Vancouver, and in Toronto, where she currently resides. She has collaborated with 20+ amazing speakers on their TEDx Talks. One of her favourite projects was helping to launch’s Jack Talks, which brings young speakers into schools to fight stigma about mental health. These talks have reached 20,000 students across Canada. Most recently, Jane adjudicated the 2017 Calgary Performing Arts (formerly Kiwanis) Festival.