Lilia D’Acres teaches literature and has a long history of commitment to the development of the literary arts in B.C. She created the first B.C. writers directory, Starting Line-up, for North Vancouver schools in 1989, worked on Twigg’s Directory of 1001 BC Writers in 1992, was involved with BC Bookworld and has co-produced the B.C. Book Prizes. She also founded the George Woodcock Centre for the Arts and Intellectual Freedom Fund, currently housed at the new U.B.C. Library, where it was endowed in 1996.