Arlene Chan has written seven books about the history and culture of the Chinese in Canada, some shortlisted for the Ontario Speaker’s Book Award, Heritage Toronto Book Award, Silver Birch Award and Red Cedar Award. Growing up in Chinatown as a third generation Chinese Canadian, Arlene had a front-row seat to the development of the Chinese community in Toronto. She serves as a Chinatown tour guide for Heritage Toronto and The Ward Museum; president of the Jean Lumb Foundation; a former appointee of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers Advisory Council; and serves on the board of Little Pear Garden Dance Company. She is an advisor for the Chinese Canadian Museum, Heritage Interpretation Working Group for Ontario Infrastructure, and Toronto Public Library's Chinese Canadian Archives. Arlene is two-time member of the winning Canadian National Women's Dragon Boat Team (2011 and 2013) and when she is not writing, speaking or leading tours, she is buried in research-related nonfiction. Arlene is working on her next book, an article about the Chinese Immigration Act for The Canadian Encyclopedia, and program notes for a new play at the Stratford Festival.
For nearly three decades, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh provided leadership in the City of Toronto’s equity and diversity office. Toronto City Council appointed her in 2014 as the Ward 20 Councillor to fill a vacancy. In her early student activist life, she organized to set up women’s studies at University of Toronto. Ceta has worked to save and build affordable housing, to protect and value heritage and to fend off inappropriate development. A volunteer on several non-profit boards, Ceta is the National Chair, The Word On The Street Canada; President, Learnxs Foundation and is a member of Friends of Fort York, Toronto Foundation, Innis College Council and Grange Community Association. Her booklist celebrates Toronto, discovers lost history, examines the impact of colonialism and imperialism, and addresses power relations between men and women, rich and poor, white and black. Her selections are based on her identity as an immigrant and a feminist of colour.