Karen Virag Award

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Each year, Editors Canada presents several awards recognizing excellence in editing and service to the organization. We’re proud to acknowledge the editors who have shown remarkable talent and dedication over the course of the previous year.

But what about the perennial heroes of editing? We’re talking about the individuals or organizations that go out of their way to raise the profile of our profession in their communities year after year. Our heroes are the ones who champion what we do and just how valuable we are.

Tell us about one of your editing heroes by submitting a nomination for the Karen Virag Award.

Remembering Karen Virag

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The award is named after honorary life member Karen Virag. Its intent is to reflect Karen’s own work to raise the profile of editing. This included her long-standing participation on the Cultural Human Resources Council as the Editors Canada representative and her frequent appearances on CBC Radio as one-half of the dynamic Grammar Gals duo with Virginia Durksen. Karen also served as the Editors Canada director of publications.

How to apply

The nominations period for the 2024 Karen Virag Award is now closed.

Editors Canada will begin accepting nominations for the 2025 Karen Virag Award in December 2024.

Recipients of the Karen Virag Award


Adrienne Montgomerie


Rosemary Shipton


Greg Ioannou


Iva Cheung


James Harbeck


Virginia Durksen


Nancy Flight

Support the Karen Virag Award

Help to support Editors Canada awards! We invite you to contribute to these awards that honour the outstanding editors and students in our midst.

We also welcome donations by cheque. Please make your donation payable to “Editors’ Association of Canada” with “Karen Virag Award” written on the memo line.

Send your donation to

Editors Canada
2967 Dundas Street West, #1449
Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Z2

Annual donors

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