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

Nominations for the Karen Virag Award are now open. Nominees may be individuals or organizations, members or non-members. Both members and non-members are welcome to submit nominations!

A nominee’s contribution may take a variety of forms, including one or more of the following:

  • writing,
  • public speaking,
  • teaching,
  • participating in broadcast or new media, and
  • sponsoring editing-related activities and community building in Canada and abroad.

Nomination packages are to be submitted in digital format and must include

  • a letter of nomination (100 to 300 words) that clearly and convincingly explains the contribution made by the nominee, and
  • supporting documentation.

Download the nomination form now.

Recipients of the Karen Virag Award

2023

Adrienne Montgomerie

2022

Rosemary Shipton

2020

Greg Ioannou

2019

Iva Cheung

2018

James Harbeck

2017

Virginia Durksen

2016

Nancy Flight

Deadline

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, February 29, 2024.


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

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