Arleen Pare, Director

Arleen Paré, DirectorWriter / Retired Social Worker

Arleen Paré is a Victoria poet and novelist with a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. She has a Masters of Social Work from McGill University and a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia in Adult Education.

Arleen worked for two decades in Vancouver Community Mental Health Services and Programs, ultimately serving as Director of Mental Health Housing for Vancouver Coastal Health.

She moved to Victoria in 2003, and became a writer. Her first book, Paper Trail, was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay BC Book Award for Poetry and won the Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2008. Her novel, Leaving Now, was released in 2012. Her third book, a collection of poetry called Lake of Two Mountains, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2014. He Leaves His Face in the Funeral Car was released in 2015 and The Girls with Stone Faces will be released in 2017.

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