Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants


The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), founded in 1977, is a not-for-profit National Arts Service Organization for those engaged in the creation of literature and performance for young people.

As well as 400+ Members who are professionally published authors or illustrators, CANSCAIP has 600+ associate Friends who are emerging or self-published writers or illustrators, teachers, librarians, parents, publishers, and others.

CANSCAIP supports and promotes the professional development of our membership through online forums, newsletters, workshops, monthly meetings, webinars, conferences and other programs. 

Membership and Events

For over forty years, CANSCAIP has offered professional development, information, and collegial connections in the fields of creative endeavor focused on young readers and audiences. Authors, illustrators and performers for children and teens are the foundation of our membership. 

CANSCAIP provides an informative quarterly newsletter, a website with professional Member pages, monthly meetings, the Writing for Children Competition, and highly-regarded conferences "Packaging Your Imagination" (Toronto, annually in November) and “Prairie Horizons” (Saskatchewan, bi-annual). 

Our membership includes 400+ professional Members and 600+ associate Friends.


Administrative Director: Helena Aalto

Board & Committees

President:  Sharon Jennings
Vice-President: Jennifer Maruno
Treasurer: Maureen McGowan
Past President: Bill Swan
Program Chair: Catherine Rondina
Illustrators' Representative: Michele Nidenoff
News Editor: Barbara Greenwood
Membership Chair: Holly Main
Member at Large: Patsy MacKinnon
Friend at Large: Holly Main

Listserve Manager: Marsha Skrypuch

Saskatchewan Representative: Sharon Plumb Hamilton

Social Media Committee: Caroline FernandezMelanie Fishbane, Debbie Ridpath Ohi


CANSCAIP grew out of a Canada Day Conference organized in 1977 by the Port Colborne Public Library. Eleven artists—writers Claire Mackay, Jean Little, Madeline Freeman, Audrey McKim, Madeline Kronby, Bert Williams, Mike Wilkins and Nancy Cleaver; illustrators Alan Daniel and J. Merle Smith; and performer Claude X. (now C. Sam) LaBrecque—had been invited to share their expertise with the children of the town. Many were strangers to each other; all realized they needed (and wanted) to know others working in their field. Out of this need for professional stimulation, CANSCAIP was born.

Content Copyright © 1996-2015 CANSCAIP

720 Bathurst St, Suite 503, Toronto, ON, CANADA, M5S 2R4

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software