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Doreen Pendgracs

Doreen Pendgracs

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Doreen Pendgracs is author of the Chocolatour series of books, in which she happily links her passions for travel, chocolate, and the creative people who are making it. Volume I of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate," won Pendgracs a Readers' Favorite Award in 2014, and was initially published by Wizard of Words Productions in September, 2013, with a second printing in December, 2013. This volume focuses on the finest chocolatiers of Europe and the UK, with chapters on cocoa growing regions, the health benefits of chocolate, chocolate pairings, and chocolate personalities, in addition to an A-Z Global Guide for Chocolate Lovers.

Pendgracs is currently researching Volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate Adventures," which will focus on the best of the Americas and the Caribbean, expected for publication in 2020. Volume III will focus on Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and other intriguing chocolate-producing parts of the world. 

Pendgracs is also co-author of the Canadian bestselling, "Manitoba Book of Everything" published by MacIntyre Purcell in 2008 and co-author of Frommer's Newfoundland & Labrador, First Edition, published by Wiley in 2004. In March, 2010, Dundurn Press published Pendgracs's first solo project, "Before You Say Yes ... A Guide to the Pleasures & Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards." The book received excellent reviews and has been endorsed by Volunteer Manitoba, who have engaged Pendgracs to present a series of workshops based on her book.

Pendgracs is currently immersed in the world of fine chocolate, and has been a keynote speaker at chocolate events and festivals around the world. She also hosts custom chocolate tastings and chocolate pairing events. In addition to artisanal chocolate and cacao, Pendgracs also speaks on the topics of public speaking, crowdfunding, freelance writing, niche writing, travel writing, social media, and volunteerism. 

Pendgracs was the final national president of the Professional Writers' Association of Canada (PWAC) until its dissolution in 2021. She is a member of the North American Travel Journalists' Association (NATJA), the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the Manitoba Writers' Guild, and Toastmasters International.



"Before You Say Yes". Dundurn, 2010
Manitoba Book of Everything. MacIntyre Purcell, 2008
Frommer's Guide to Newfoundland & Labrador, First Edition. Wiley, 2004
Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate, Volume I. Wizard of Words Productions, 2013


Lawrence Jackson Memorial Award of Achievement for Professional Writers Association of Canada, 2004
Distinguished Toastmaster for Toastmasters International, 2013
Readers' Favorite International Book Award for Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate, Volume I, 2014
Finalist, North American Travel Journalists Awards for Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate, Volume I, 2014
Best Blogger Award, Professional Writers Assn of Canada for, 2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Doreen has presented workshops on freelance writing, volunteerism, board governance, blogging and travel writing.

Workshop Description:

Doreen offers a variety of workshops designed to help non-profit groups be more effective and efficient in their operations, recruitment of members and human resource issues.