Member News

Member news is a regular website feature designed to tell the world about our members’ outstanding and wide-ranging skills and talents.

Do you have an achievement you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you! Send your news to the member news coordinator. Each news item will be posted once on the website and once in Editors Canada’s e-news update.


June 2023

On May 20, 2023, Editors Canada member Caroline Kaiser published a novel, The Spirits of South Drive. This cozy mystery is the second in the Virginia Blythe Mysteries series. It features antique specialist Virginia Blythe, who works at Gable & Co. Auctioneers, and an unruly quartet of ghosts from the 1920s who may hold the key to solving a murder. In writing this and her previous novel, Virginia’s Ghost, Caroline drew heavily on her previous career working for a Toronto auction house.

April 2023

On April 15, 2023, Editors Toronto member Michelle Waitzman published her new self-help book, Be as Happy as Your Dog: 16 Dog-Tested Ways to Be Happier Using Pawsitive Psychology. It is available in paperback and ebook from online retailers worldwide. Toronto-based edibuddies are invited to join her at a launch party in support of Mattie’s Place animal rescue on Sunday, April 30, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Black Lab Brewing (Eastern Avenue and Leslie Street). The venue is a dog-friendly microbrewery. Michelle will be signing books and holding a fundraising raffle.

March 2023

Thanks to her entry in the Editor’s Canada Online Directory of Editors, Editors Atlantic member Virginia (Ginny) McGowan was headhunted and offered a position with a unique enterprise at the University of Guelph: she is now the lead editor of The Groundwater Project. This project is part of the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute, a global initiative.

The GW-Project’s mandate is to democratize knowledge about groundwater by publishing—free, online and in multiple languages—books written by the world’s foremost groundwater experts. The contributors represent more than 1,000 volunteers from across the globe. There are dozens of books already published and hundreds more in preparation.

Ginny is still working with her private clients, specializing in non-fiction, mostly academic works.

February 2023

A Tale of Two Florists, the debut novel of Editors Calgary member Brenna Bailey-Davies, will be released on Thursday, March 9. Pre-orders are available directly from Brenna or in most bookstores.

January 2023

Iva Cheung, Editors British Columbia member and previous recipient of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, the President’s Award for Volunteer Service and Karen Virag Award, has compiled her 10-year archive of monthly cartoons about editing and publishing in a print book, available in hardcover and paperback. Visit Iva’s website to learn more. One dollar from each book sold will go to the Indigenous Editors Association.

Editors Toronto member Tania Pattison recently published Reflect, a textbook for advanced learners of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Reflect is published by National Geographic Learning for its six-level Reflect series in reading and writing. Tania is currently writing more material for National Geographic.

Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Virginia St-Denis was promoted to interim editor-in-chief at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) on December 21. She has been CCSA’s associate editor since July 2021, updating their style guidelines, including revamped sections on plain language and accessibility.


December 2022

Editors Manitoba member Lauren Carter will celebrate the publication of her fifth book in April 2023. Places Like These is a short-story collection exploring character journeys, both internal and external. It is now available for pre-order from Book*hug Press.

Kathleen Foxx, co-chair of Editors Hamilton-Halton, recently signed a contract with Rising Action Publishing Co. to be their contract proofreader. She will start proofreading their titles in January. She is excited for the new year to begin.

Editors Toronto member Jahleen Turnbull-Sousa’s poem “Rapid Journey” won an Honourable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 91st Annual Writing Competition.

November 2022

Editors British Columbia student affiliate Micah Killjoy recently completed their first big editing project, issue 45.4 of Vancouver’s Room magazine. The issue will be coming out in December 2022. To read Micah’s letter from the editor or pre-order a copy of the issue, please visit the Room website.

Editors Atlantic member Virginia (Ginny) McGowan’s children’s book was shortlisted for the 2022 PEI Literary Awards. A Girl, Her Mother, and the Forest: A Love Story is an eco-fable for kids aged 5 to 10. The book was the only self-published work in its category.

A Girl, Her Mother, and the Forest: A Love Story is illustrated with original watercolours created by Bev Middleton. To sample the book, please visit

In October, Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Gael Spivak gave a presentation on the ISO plain language standard to the Canadian Science and Medical Editors Network (CanSciMed). The expected publication date for the standard is early 2023. For inquiries on the standard, contact Gael.

The CanSciMed Network was created to connect, engage and support Canadian STEM publishing professionals and elevate their voices internationally. To inquire about the network, contact Dianne Dixon.

August 2022

Editors Toronto student affiliate Robyn Laider recently published her first children’s book. Both English (The Eldest Daughter and the Dragon) and Estonian (Vanim tütar ja lohe) versions are available.

May 2022

The Broken Places, by Editors British Columbia member Frances Peck, is now on the shelves at bricks-and-mortar and online bookstores. The novel, part of the Nunatak First Fiction Series, examines how a major earthquake upends the lives and relationships of a group of characters in and around Vancouver. The book has been hailed as a “wonderfully sophisticated and razor-sharp” novel, featuring a “beautifully layered and compelling” story with “nuanced, stunning characters.” For more, visit NeWest Press or Frances’s author website.

In February 2022, Editors Toronto member Betty R. Robinson self-published Elizabeth’s Enlightening Day at the Zoo. This second book in her Elizabeth series of STEM books for girls supports the Light unit of the Ontario Grade 4 science curriculum. Elizabeth’s Enlightening Day at the Zoo was edited by Editors Toronto member Susan Hughes and reviewed by Editors Calgary member Becky Noelle. For more information, please visit

Editors Calgary member Lorna Stuber just published a memoir of the three years she spent living and teaching in Japan when she was in her early 20s, from 1992 to 1995. The book launched in early April in Okotoks, Alberta, where she now lives, and has hit #1 on Amazon a few times already! For more information, visit Lorna’s website.

February 2022

Editors Canada Ottawa–Gatineau member Brenda Adams edited Dancing in the River by George Lee, which just won the Guernica Prize for unpublished literary fiction. This is the author’s debut book, and it will be released in print later in 2022.

Editors British Columbia member Philip Sherwood has recently been published two long-time projects. First with the Finest: Vanderpol’s, a Family Enterprise is a corporate history of the family business that became the largest egg processor in Western Canada. Sherwood completed dozens of interviews and ghostwrote and edited the book. Educating for Success: The Story of Columbia College recounts the 85-year history of western Canada’s largest and oldest international college. In addition to authoring the book, Sherwood managed the project, interviewed 30 people and provided editing services. Both books had initial press runs of 500 copies.


November 2021

Editors Toronto student affiliate Erin Della Mattia is the 2021 recipient of the Robert Weaver Award for Editorial Excellence through the Chang School of Continuing Studies at Ryerson University. The award recognizes a student who has demonstrated excellence in editing and a sound career plan with books.

October 2021

Editors Québec member Agnès André is pleased to announce the publishing of her first translation, Seasons: Desert sketches, a collection of short radio essays by Utahn nature writer Ellen Meloy (Torrey House Press). The book, with a foreword by Annie Proulx (Brokeback Mountain), is a sharp and humorous criticism of our relationship with nature and a celebration of her natural habitat–the American Southwest. The book is available from Hobo Diffusion or éditions blast.

Editors Atlantic member Claire Wilkshire has published her second book, a collection of short fiction. Warm, funny and stylistically savvy, the stories in The Love Olympics follow an interlocking set of characters around St. John’s. The book is about various forms of love—the ways love grips us, shakes us, releases or envelops us. The Love Olympics explores the aspirations, fears and vulnerabilities of people who feel both familiar and surprising; it celebrates their generosity and desire for connection, their willingness to see past flaws and appreciate other human beings in all their complexity. The Love Olympics is available from Breakwater Books.

September 2021

Editors Calgary freelance editor, writer and ghostwriter Lorna Stuber just published her first book—The Fresh Freelancer. In this how-to book, she draws on her experience of starting her successful business and advises new freelance editors, or those thinking of venturing down that path, on how to set up their own editing business. This book suggests training and software options, helpful resources (print and online), and useful strategies that new editors can use to get their business up and running. Although some of the details in this book are specific to Canada, the general ideas around tax information, registering a trade name, etc. can be applied to other countries as well. The book can be found on Amazon. Other information can be found on her website, her Facebook page or LinkedIn profile.

July 2021

In May 2021, Gael Spivak (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau) gave a presentation at the Access for All plain language conference. She spoke about the work of the localization and implementation committee, which she chairs on behalf of the International Plain Language Federation. This committee is helping countries around the world to plan for adopting and localizing the ISO plain language standard after it is published in the fall.

The Federation has links to Gael’s May presentation, as well as others given on the standard in October 2020.

June 2021

The Unsuitable Bride by Pamela McGarry has been shortlisted by the 2021 Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBA). Editors British Columbia member Sheila Cameron is excited and proud that this is the third WIBA shortlisted book she’s contributed to. The others were Goodnight Sunshine by Mark Cameron (2016 awards) and 17 Weddings by Mark Cameron (2019 awards). As a freelance editor working alone, she often wonders if her editing contributions are worthy. It is a real boost to have WIBA recognize three books that she has had the pleasure of working on. WIBA began in 2016 and provides valuable manuscript feedback to authors.

Editors Toronto member Greg Ioannou is relieved to announce the long-delayed launch of his new company, PubLaunch, which connects writers, especially self-publishing authors, with pre-screened publishing professionals. You’re all welcome to sign up as suppliers (e.g., editors, proofreaders, indexers and writing coaches). We’ve made the process as easy as possible. Professionally certified editors and proofreaders are automatically pre-approved for the areas in which Editors Canada has certified them. We’re currently strengthening the roster of suppliers on the site. We’ll start marketing the site to writers at some point in June. (At the moment, we’re especially looking for experienced ghostwriters and illustrators. Please tell your friends!) Please check out

March 2021

In October 2020, Editors Toronto member Betty R. Robinson self-published the first book in her Elizabeth series, Elizabeth Goes to Mars! Betty wrote the book to support the Space unit of the Ontario Grade 6 science curriculum. She is currently working on the second book in her series about light. This book is aimed at supporting students studying the Light unit of the Ontario Grade 4 science curriculum. The Light book is being edited by Editors Toronto member Susan Hughes and will be published later in 2021. For more information, please visit Betty’s website.

January 2021

Editors Toronto member Carla DeSantis was awarded the 2020 Ewart-Daveluy Award for Excellence in Indexing by the Indexing Society of Canada for her index to Heather Bamford’s Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100–1600, published by University of Toronto Press.

Editors British Columbia member Lenore Hietkamp was a guest on the Edit Boost podcast, presented by Malini Devadas, an Australian coach for editors. In Episode 28: How do I turn down familiar jobs so I can move into a new field of work? Lenore and Malini discuss navigating the tricky transition of moving to coaching from editing when you have ongoing work and steady stream of referrals.


December 2020

Editors Nova Scotia member Virginia (Ginny) McGowan’s first children’s book, A Girl, Her Mother, and The Forest (Nana Press), was released on November 10. It’s not her first time for storytelling, however. She delights in making up stories and songs with and for her grandchildren and is an award-winning non-fiction author from PEI.

Editors British Columbia member Frances Peck’s new novel, The Broken Places, will be released in Spring 2022 by Edmonton’s NeWest Press. The novel is about a major earthquake rocking Vancouver.

October 2020

Dominique Gaucher (Editors Québec), secretary of the Editors Québec branch, editor, and resident of Laval, Quebec, published her fifth poetry opus last June, L’inverse de la lumière (the opposite of light) with Écrits des Forges (Trois-Rivières). Learn more about the author.

Amy Haagsma (Editors British Columbia) has joined the partnership of West Coast Editorial Associates, LLP. Amy specializes in copy editing and proofreading non-fiction materials, with a focus on business and technical communication and academic writing. She is a Certified Copy Editor and Certified Proofreader through Editors Canada, and her many contributions to Editors Canada include co-chairing the national conference in 2016 and holding executive or committee roles with the British Columbia branch for seven years. For more information, please contact Barbara Johnston.

June 2020

Editors Toronto member Mary Rykov virtually launches her poetry collection, Some Conditions Apply, on Thursday, June 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., EDT. Here’s the launch link.

She has also done a reading from the collection for Garrison Keillor’s Pandemic #TWApoems, and has posted the recording on Facebook.

May 2020

Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph member Sue Archer self-published her debut novel, Fortune’s Shadow, on April 26. It’s a paranormal/urban fantasy that was edited by Editors Canada member Maggie Morris and proofread by member Jess Shulman. For more information please visit Sue’s website.

Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Beverly Ensom is retiring from the House of Commons. After 12 years in a great workplace, editing interesting material and working some strange hours, she’s decided that her next chapter will include more volunteer work, sports and friends/family. But Beverly hasn’t retired from editing. She still has contracts with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, plus other “regulars.”

Beverly served on the national executive council and Editors Ottawa–Gatineau executive, as well as volunteering with the certification steering committee and providing volunteer copy editing for Editors Canada documents.

Editors Toronto member Joanne Haskins edited a book that has won the gold medal in the UK’s Self-Publishing Review Book Awards. The book is The Woeful Wager from the new dark fantasy series “The Race to the Blackened Nevers” by Douglas Bain.

February 2020

Editors British Columbia member Lucy Kenward joined the partnership of West Coast Editorial Associates on January 1, 2020.

Lucy currently serves on the Editors British Columbia executive and is an award-winning editor of non-fiction books and publications. Her clients include Penguin Random House, Figure 1 Publishing, Douglas & McIntyre, the Art Canada Institute and non-profit organizations and educators. She is also an editorial associate with Greystone Books.


December 2019

Editors Toronto member Greg Ioannou was recently interviewed for CBC’s “The Sunday Edition.” He joined Patti Tasko of The Canadian Press to discuss the state of editing in Canada today. Listen to the interview, which aired on Sunday, November 24.

Editors Nova Scotia member and PEI resident Virginia McGowan has won a Finalist Award in the 2019 Best Book Awards Competition for her book Harness the Power of Mentoring: How to Find and Work with the Right Mentor–A Guide for the Solopreneur.

Editors Toronto member Michelle Waitzman is pleased to announce the publication of Providing Sound Foundations for Cryptography: On The Work of Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali. Michelle wrote two biographical chapters for this book, the first in a series on winners of the AM Turing Award (the highest honour in computer science), being published by the Association for Computing Machinery. Michelle has also written biographies for upcoming books in the series about Tim Berners-Lee (the creator of the World Wide Web), Stephen Cook (a pioneer of computational complexity) and Leslie Valiant (the researcher who defined machine learning).

November 2019

Editors Toronto member Damian Tarnopolsky’s play The Defence has won first prize in the 2019 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition. Damian received the $15,000 award and his script underwent a professional three-day workshop at the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University, followed by a public staged reading at the 2019 Kingston WritersFest.

Editors Nova Scotia member Ginny McGowan, PhD, is a recipient of the 2019 WISE 50 Over 50 Award.

Ginny was also instrumental in the development of a nine-month pilot project to engage Prince Edward Island youth with barriers to employment in the era of climate change. The program, which includes a mentoring component, received funding from the federal government and was launched on Monday, October 21.

October 2019

Earlier this year, Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Gael Spivak connected the International Plain Language Federation’s Standards Committee with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO committee that works on standards related to language is called the ISO Technical Committee 37: Language and Terminology. After she attended an ISO/TC 37 meeting in Ottawa, both committees requested that Gael join them to help further their work. The technical committee recently voted to approve work starting on an ISO standard for plain language. The expected publication date of the standard is October 2022.

September 2019

Editors Nova Scotia member and PEI resident Virginia (Ginny) McGowan PhD was recently appointed to a federal expert panel to advise on the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. She has also been invited to present a series of three webinars in collaboration with the International Mentoring Association (IMA) in the IMA Professional Learning Webinar Series.

The webinars are based on her award-winning book Harness the Power of Mentoring: How to Find and Work with the Right Mentor–A Guide for the Solopreneur (April 2019).

The webinars are free for IMA members. IMA membership information and webinar registration links are found on the IMA website.

July 2019

Editors British Columbia member Iva Cheung successfully defended her thesis on Tuesday, July 2. Her research, done within Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, was about helping involuntary patients better understand their rights under British Columbia’s Mental Health Act. She invited people who had experienced involuntary hospitalization to co-create and then user test a new suite of plain language rights-communication tools. The tools are freely available at

Editors Toronto member Diya Lim is the author of La marchande, la sorcière, la lune et moi, winner of the 2019 Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature (French). Learn more about Diya’s book and the other 2019 Trillium Award winners.

Editors Nova Scotia member Virginia McGowan’s book Harness the Power of Mentoring: How to Find and Work with the Right Mentor–A Guide for the Solopreneur is a finalist in the Business: Entrepreneurship & Small Business category of the 2019 International Book Awards. The book is a practical, step-by-step guide for the solopreneur in how to prepare for a mentorship, find the right mentor and develop a healthy, effective mentoring relationship. It is available online globally in print and eBook formats. Japanese and Portuguese translations are in progress.

June 2019

Editors Toronto member Diya Lim is the author of La marchande, la sorcière, la lune et moi, a finalist for the 2019 Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature.

Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph member Carolyn R. Wilker has released another book titled Piece by Piece: A Narrative from Home, published by Angel Hope Press in Drayton, Ontario. In Piece by Piece, Carolyn (who is also an editor and storyteller) writes about the world around her, to bring hope and of course to share stories. She launched her book in her home town of Tavistock, Ontario, the community that was her family’s business and church centre. Visit Carolyn’s website to learn more.

Editors Edmonton member Talena Winters recently published The Undine’s Tear, the first book in her Rise of the Grigori trilogy. In this young adult science fantasy, join merfolk, sphinxes, dragons and humans as their lives become entwined on the search for the true meaning of redemption. Visit Talena’s website for more information.

May 2019

Tim Green, an Editors Edmonton member who represents a significant portion of the Editors Canada members in Yukon, has started a podcast series as an outlet for his writing. “On the Marge” is a series of short stories narrated by the members of a family who run the fictional Walnut Crescent Bed and Breakfast in Whitehorse. The parents, their precocious six-year-old daughter, and their golden retriever take turns telling about quirky (quirky, by Outside standards) situations that make life in Yukon so interesting.

 “On the Marge” is available on Tim’s website or through iTunes.

If there are other Editors Canada members interested in creating or editing podcasts, Tim would be glad to help get them started. You can contact him through the website above.

April 2019

Editors British Columbia member Karen Autio is delighted to announce the publication by Crwth Press of her narrative non-fiction picture book, Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon, illustrated by Loraine Kemp.

In a hidden canyon in British Columbia’s Southern Interior, a ponderosa pine tree sprouts. Seasons pass as the tree grows, witness to generations of human history in the Okanagan Valley, from First Nations quests to fur brigades, horse wrangling, secret wartime commando training, to the firestorm of 2003. Richly illuminated by maps, illustrations and historical images, and informed by a timeline and historical notes, this fascinating book weaves First Nations history with European settlement and natural history. By following the thread of one tree growing in one sheltered and sacred space, this book gently explores patterns of colonization that will resonate with readers all over North America.

For more information, visit Karen’s website.

On Monday, March 4, Writing Tips Oasis featured the top 17 book editors in Ontario. All who made this list are members of Editors Canada!
Sigrid Macdonald, Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
Claudia Forgas, Editors Toronto
Joanne Haskins, Editors Toronto
Heather Camlot, Editors Toronto
Tom Moss Gamblin, Editors Toronto
Lori-Ann Livingston, Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
Sylvia McConnell, Editors Toronto
Freya Godard, Editors Toronto
Susan Hughes, Editors Toronto
Sara Promislow, Editors Toronto
Jennifer Dawn Foster, Editors Toronto
Kristy Hankewitz, Editors Toronto
Julie Stauffer, Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
Sherry Hinman, Editors Toronto
Kristine Thornley, Editors Toronto
Marcel Chiera, Editors Toronto
Michelle Parker, Editors Ottawa–Gatineau

“This piece seemed to come out of the blue. It was a pleasant surprise and a great boost,” said Editors Toronto member Joanne Haskins.

To view the complete post visit Writing Tips Oasis.


December 2018

Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Marion Kennedy teamed up with her cousin Bill Kennedy of Belleville and Tellwell of Victoria to publish his book Putting the Outside Inside Kids: A Father’s Algonquin Journey with His Daughter. It will catch the attention of anyone who would like to be carried away from everyday life into the magic of a canoe trip. With parents and grandparents in the writer’s mind, the book illustrates how nature can engender self-confidence, curiosity and a spirit of adventure in their children and grandchildren. Bill’s book can be ordered through his website.

The Abbotsford Arts Council recently honoured long-time Editors British Columbia member Philip Sherwood with their 2018 Arty Award for the Literary Arts. Sherwood’s business helps individuals, families, organizations and communities tell their stories and preserve them in print. This is the second time that the Arts Council has recognized Sherwood’s work.

Editors Québec member John Sweet was acknowledged at the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize gala for his work as a copy editor. Esi Edugyan, the winner of the $100,000 prize, thanked him in her acceptance speech on Monday, November 19.

“It’s awfully nice to be recognized for one’s work,” says John. “Truly a moment to remember and cherish! And a welcome reminder that our work as copy editors is valued.”

November 2018

Editors Toronto member Robin Marwick launched the @EdsofEarth rotation-curation Twitter account earlier this year. A different editor hosts the account each week and tweets about their background and what they do. New curators are always welcome. Learn more.

September 2018

Editors British Columbia member Merrie-Ellen Wilcox has written a new nonfiction book for young readers (ages 9–12) called After Life: Ways We Think About Death (Orca Book Publishers). The book, which launched on September 8, has been generating lots of buzz. Says Publishers Weekly: “Thorough and well organized, this book honors its intended audience’s ability to handle the subject matter, offering detailed scientific, mythological, historical, cultural and religious takes on how people handle death.”

July 2018

Editors British Columbia member Philip Sherwood and his company,, recently privately published three books:

  • Reading the Rocks, a professional memoir of geologist David Cooke
  • Stability, Chaos, and Opportunity, is a 140,000-word, lavishly illustrated account of an immigrant family
  • First with the Finest, a book that recounts the early years of Vanderpol’s Eggs, one of Canada’s largest egg processors

Sherwood’s involvement included project management, interviewing, ghostwriting and all levels of editing.

June 2018

In January 2017, Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph member Carolyn R. Wilker published the first edition of Harry’s Trees. This picture book about trees through the seasons was for her grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews in memory of their great grandfather and his love of trees.

Encouraged by responses to the family edition, Carolyn prepared her book for a general market through Angel Hope Publishing and released that edition in June 2017. This spring, local and regional plant nurseries have welcomed her to sign and sell Harry’s Trees at their locations. For more information visit Carolyn’s website.

May 2018

Jennifer Glossop, a long-time member of Editors Toronto, was praised recently on CBC’s “The Next Chapter.” In an interview about her new book Sleuth, author Gail Bowen described her early experience as a mystery writer, saying she “would be grateful for the rest of [her] days” to the “wonderful editor” Jennifer Glossop.

April 2018

Lisa Carter, a member from Editors Ottawa-Gatineau, was awarded the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation 2018 for an excerpt from Spanish into English of the novel Tiempo de ser by Chilean-Canadian author Camila Reimers.

March 2018

Suzanne Nussey, an emeritus member from Editors Ottawa–Gatineau, recently took second place in Prairie Fire’s 2017 Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Her short memoir, “A Recent History of Fear in North America,” will be published in the summer issue of Prairie Fire in early July 2018.

February 2018

Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Pierrette Brousseau was asked by the House of Commons to create a style guide for the 6,000+ footnotes (in each language) of the Third Edition of the House of Commons Procedure and Practice.

They wanted a style guide based on the principles of the Chicago Manual of Style, the Canadian Style and the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (because of the vast amount of legal citations in the footnotes). This style guide had to be customized (in both official languages) to suit the needs of, and comply with, the House of Commons’ publishing practices.

Dozens of people worked diligently with Pierrette to bring this project to fruition. They are all acknowledged on the Acknowledgements page.

A condensed version of the Procedure and Practice is presented in the Compendium of Procedure, a collection of over 2,000 articles grouped under 13 themes. Pierrette was responsible for the concordance editing of these articles.


December 2017

Editors Nova Scotia member Valerie Mansour is editor of the just-released Nova Scotia Cookery, Then & Now: Modern Interpretations of Heritage Recipes. The book is based on an online exhibition of recipes dating back to the 1700s at the Nova Scotia Archives. Valerie and the Archives staff selected 83 recipes for the book, which were then matched with Nova Scotia chefs to create a modern version. Valerie also edited the recipes, wrote book and chapter introductions, and interviewed the 25 chefs and food industry professionals involved in the project. With stunning photographs of the modern dishes, as well as archival images, the book is a beauty—just in time for Christmas! It is published by Nimbus of Halifax and can be ordered directly from them, or through your favourite local bookstore.

In November, Editors Toronto member Michael Redhill won the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Bellevue Square. The $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize is the richest literary award for a work of fiction in Canada. The prize has been awarded annually since 1994. Read the Editors Canada news release.

November 2017

Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada member Virginia (Ginny) McGowan, PhD, is the lead co-author of “Helping women get on TRACK: Building resilience through a business mentoring program for women entrepreneurs in Prince Edward Island.” The article, which she co-authored with Hannah Bell, appears in the scholarly publication From black horses to white steeds: Building community resilience. This edited collection was recently published by Island Studies Press at the University of Prince Edward Island. It celebrates and critiques dynamics of innovation, governance, and culture with case studies from both sides of the North Atlantic.

Long-time Editors British Columbia member Barbara Johnston has recently joined West Coast Editorial Associates LLP. Barbara is based in Vancouver and has worked for educational, healthcare, Indigenous and legal organizations and publishers for over 20 years. She has also taught courses in Simon Fraser University’s Editing Certificate program. Today she focuses on providing writing, editing and production management services to a wide variety of clients.

Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Suzanne Nussey has just had her poem “The Black Fan” published in The New Quarterly, issue 144. Read “The Black Fan” here.

September 2017

Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph member Carolyn Wilker has had her picture book, Harry’s Trees, published for a general market by Angel Hope Publishing. The project began as a legacy for her father, who died in May of 2016. It reflects his interest in and care for the environment, and especially trees.

Harry’s Trees is a delight for young readers as they experience the importance of trees in each season. Seasons change, but Harry doesn’t change his mind. Trees lose their leaves, but Harry does not lose his love for them.

Carolyn’s illustrator, Maja Wizor, is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, and now lives in southern Ontario.

For more information please visit Carolyn’s website.

June 2017

Editors Toronto member Marnie Lamb has had her first novel published. The History of Hilary Hambrushina, published by Iguana Books, tells the story of 12-year-old Hilary. Hilary has one goal for her first year in junior high: to become popular. But her plans are turned upside down when her best friend leaves for the summer and a quirky girl moves in next door. What will happen when Hilary’s best friend returns and the three girls start junior high?

Marnie’s adult short stories have been published in various Canadian literary journals, and one story was nominated for the 2013 Journey Prize. For more information about The History of Hilary Hambrushina and to buy a copy, please visit Iguana Books.

April 2017

Editors British Columbia member Sheila Cameron is the author of Shine Bright: Live A Supernova Life. This non-fiction work, published by Catch Our Drift Productions, is now available through all sales channels.

Cameron worked through the final drafts of this book with fellow Editors British Columbia member Erin Parker, who provided substantive and stylistic editing services.

Sheila Cameron is a professional editor, writer and speaker, based in Gibsons, BC. She is passionate about raising our collective human consciousness. Visit Sheila’s website to learn more.

March 2017

Editing Globally is an international editorial collective, launched by long-time Editors Canada members Janet MacMillan (Editors Toronto) and Madeline Koch (Editors Toronto), along with three other colleagues—Kelly Lamb in Toronto, Katherine Trail in Scotland and Etty Payne in England. It provides seamless and thorough editorial services to clients around the world. The five members have supported each other, referred work to each other, and worked together on a number of projects over recent years, so the collective was a natural step. More information is available at, including periodic blog posts, and the collective tweets regularly at @EditingGlobally. They can be reached at

Gael Spivak (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau) was recently featured in CMOS Shop Talk (from the Chicago Manual of Style). The website has started a new series about the editor’s life, called Your Editing Stories. Gael’s piece, A Reluctant Editor, is the inaugural post.

In October 2016, Shari Yore (Editors British Columbia) received the Distinguished Editor Award from the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan. Shari was recognized “with deep appreciation” for her 15 years of outstanding service as editor of the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.

February 2017

Editors Newfoundland and Labrador member Diana Newton was featured in the Winter Issue of Tracking Changes, the American Copy Editors Society’s award-winning journal. The blurb about her is entitled “67 countries and 23 long-distance moves” and features a photo of Diana (together with her Chocolate Labrador Retriever) against the backdrop of her coastal Newfoundland village.


December 2016

In November, Sandra Gravel (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada) published Entrepreneurs : Soignez vos écrits – Améliorez vos affaires. This book is intended to help the self-employed, microentrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who write their own business copy to improve the overall quality of their text, and correct common mistakes.

The cover and layout for this book were created by 3C Publications, a company that belongs to fellow association member Michelle Boulton (Editors Saskatchewan).

Purchase Entrepreneurs : Soignez vos écrits – Améliorez vos affaires at

November 2016

Editors British Columbia member Lana Okerlund has joined West Coast Editorial Associates, LLP.

For nearly 25 years, West Coast Editorial Associates has been providing editorial, writing and training services to a wide range of corporate, government and publishing clients across Canada and internationally. Five of the partners are located in Victoria and now three in Vancouver.

Lana has more than a decade of experience as a freelance editor, writer, indexer and trainer. She is a Certified Copy Editor and Certified Proofreader and holds an Editing Certificate from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.

October 2016

Editors Manitoba member Melody Rogan has won first place in the Marie Barton Postcard Fiction Award held by The Writers’ Collective of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Free Press.

September 2016

Penelope Mavoungou (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada) has written Polygamiques, a collection of short stories published in 2015 by Éditions Doxa in France.

August 2016

Karen Autio (Editors British Columbia) has won the 2016 Word Award for best children’s novel for her book Kah-Lan the Adventurous Sea Otter.

Editors Toronto member Marnie Lamb has had her first novel accepted for publication. The History of Hilary Hambrushina, a young adult novel, will be published by Iguana Books this fall. For further information and to purchase an advance copy, visit

Editors Toronto member Mary Rykov’s first nonfiction prose was recently published in a literary web journal. Visit Numéro Cinq to read what Mary describes as “a comic sliver of her wild and woolly youth.”

July 2016

Mary Newberry (Editors Toronto), a freelance indexer and editor residing in Toronto, is the 2016 recipient of the Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award. The award was presented at the joint conference of the Indexing Society of Canada and American Society for Indexing in Chicago, IL, on Thursday, June 16, 2016. This award honours Mary’s indexing of The Letterbooks of John Evelyn, volumes 1 and 2, edited by Douglas D.C. Chambers and David Galbraith and published by University of Toronto Press.

The ISC/SCI Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award is presented each year to an individual who has created an index that demonstrates outstanding expertise, the ability to analyze complex text and the ability to design an index that significantly enhances reader use of the text.

Editors British Columbia member Alison Jacques copy edited The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures by Mareike Neuhaus (published by University of Regina Press), which was recently awarded the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing.

June 2016

Editors British Columbia member Nancy Flight is the editor of Tuco: The Parrot, the Others, and a Scattershot World by Brian Brett, which recently won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. She also edited That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away by Lorimer Shenher, which was a finalist for the same award. Both were published by Greystone Books, of which Nancy is the associate publisher. For more information go to

May 2016

Editors Ottawa–Gatineau member Stacey D. Atkinson has published her second novel, Letters from Labrador. It’s based on a true story about a British nurse who moved to northern Labrador in the 1970s to be a midwife and who now struggles to keep her memories alive as she lives with Lewy body dementia. You can purchase the book directly from the shop button on Stacey’s Facebook page, and she will also be signing books at the vendor fair at the Vancouver conference, from June 11 to 12.

Karen Autio, an Editors British Columbia member who has already published several children’s books, participated in the National Reading Campaign’s Reading Town events in Sudbury on May 6. She also gave presentations in conjunction with the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week from May 7 to 14. Presentations took place in schools and libraries from Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie and points in between. For more information on Karen’s current and future projects, visit her website.

On May 19, Sue MacLeod (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada) launched her new poetry collection, Mood Swing, with Pear, published by Signature Editions (Winnipeg). Sue, who has recently moved from Toronto to Montreal, is the author of two other poetry collections and one YA novel. She is currently working on a second YA novel.

April 2016

On March 17, Alain Lafond, an author from the greater Montreal area, launched his latest book, Le forgeron du destin, the third and final installment in his supernatural thriller series. Sophie Pallotta (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada) had the pleasure of editing this book, and of presenting the author at the launch, as a friend and close collaborator. Along with the editing work, she has also begun working on the translation of the entire trilogy into English. For more information visit the Éditions Onirium website.

January 2016

Congratulations to Nancy Cassidy (Editors Nova Scotia) on her recently released, self-published book, Quickies: Writing Short Fiction for the Romance Market. This book details Nancy’s “Short Plot Method” of development and is available in paperback or ebook format from most distributors. For more information, visit Nancy’s website.


December 2015

Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Lynn Gauker has published On the Seventh Day under the pseudonym Elizabeth Celestine. This novel is now available in paperback format. Visit America Star Books for a synopsis of the book or to purchase it online.

November 2015

Editors British Columbia member Karen Autio is delighted to announce the publication by Sono Nis Press of her book Kah-Lan the Adventurous Sea Otter, illustrated by Sheena Lott and edited by Laura Peetoom and Dawn Loewen (Dawn is a member of Editors Saskatchewan). This chapter book is written from the point of view of a young sea otter and is appropriate for ages 7–12, but no one is too old to enjoy this west coast adventure tale.

Young sea otter Kah-Lan is hungry. He is sure there are big crabs near the point, but his mother won’t let him out of her sight. One day, he sees his chance. Soon he and his friend Yamka are swimming around the point—right into danger! Will they ever make it back home?

For more information, visit Karen’s website.

August 2015

BC branch member Sharon McInnis will be teaching an online proofreading course for the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA). This is Sharon’s first online course, so wish her luck!

July 2015

NCR branch member Gael Spivak was recently profiled by her employer, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in its annual Day in the Life employee profiles. Each year, a few employees (out of 7,000) are selected as examples of model public servants and their profiles are published during National Public Service Week.

From the communications about the profiles: “Every day, from coast to coast, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s employees contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by all Canadians. The employees profiled each represent spirit, dedication and professionalism, key values that the Agency prides itself on as it safeguards Canada’s food, animals and plants.”

Gael was profiled as a plain language advocate (on behalf of Canadians), as well as her work for and with editors, including her volunteer work with Editors Canada and her work on the Editing Goes Global conference.

June 2015

BC branch member Cheryl Cohen has released her bluesy multi-genre debut CD, Love & Exile. Cheryl is a former career newspaper journalist (The Globe and MailEdmonton JournalCalgary Herald) who has been freelancing, mainly as a book editor, since 1997. She started writing songs on her guitar in 2004, after moving to Salt Spring Island, BC. Her singer-songwriter website has more details, with links to her songs and dates of upcoming shows.

May 2015

Toronto branch member Tania Pattison has published a textbook for advanced-level students in university and college ESL programs. Critical Reading is published by Pearson Canada and was officially launched in Toronto and Vancouver in March. Tania is a freelance writer and editor of ESL teaching and resource materials. Based in Peterborough, Ontario, she works with publishers around the world; her recent projects include writing and editing work with clients in Canada, the UK, Dubai, Malaysia, Poland, Hong Kong and Singapore.

April 2015

QAC branch member Cendrine Audet will launch her book, Les tableaux vivants, on Friday, May 1. The launch party will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the picturesque setting of Domaine des 3 Moulins in Neuville, QC. Cendrine has been a linguistic editor for more than 20 years. Les tableaux vivants, published by Éditions GID, is her first novel. Art plays a special role in this detective story, which features social, cultural and environmental aspects and is set against the backdrops of Quebec City and the beautiful village of Neuville.

“Culture and Conflict: Canadian vs. American Science Fiction,” an article by Prairie Provinces branch member Robert Runté was published by WarpWorld on March 30 as part of its “Cultural Clashes” series.

March 2015

Congratulations to Paul Buckingham (Prairie Provinces branch), who has begun an editorial and production internship at the University of Toronto Press. Paul has relocated from Edmonton to Toronto for the opportunity, which runs to mid-May.

January 2015

Editors Canada’s Saskatchewan branch has renamed its annual reception in honour of the late Karen Virag (Prairie Provinces branch). In September, Nancy Flight (BC branch) gave the inaugural address at the Karen Virag Memorial Lecture. It was a lovely event and a fitting tribute to the remarkable woman it was named for.


December 2014

In November, NCR member Suzanne Nussey appeared as a panelist discussing occasional verse with three other Canadian poets at the 2014 Wild Writers Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo. Her essay “Telling the Truth: Some Thoughts on Memoir Writing” will be published in the Winter issue of The New Quarterly.

Toronto branch member Rosemary Shipton edited the magnificent art book Impressionism in Canada (Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2014), which is now available for the Christmas market. The book was featured in the December 6 “Books” section of The Globe and Mail.

November 2014

Prairie Provinces branch member Paul Buckingham, editor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta, has been awarded the Pearson Canada Award for academic excellence in Ryerson’s Certificate in Publishing.

Merridy Cox Bradley (Toronto branch) has published Edwardian Pets and How to Keep Them, Book I: Beasts. This book, written in 1907 by ornithologist Frank Finn, includes charming black-and-white photos and information about all sorts of animals now considered exotic. Merridy has annotated the book with contextual information and a biography of the author. Historians and animal lovers will find this book intriguing.

Toronto branch member Caroline Kaiser recently published a novel with the help of two BC branch colleagues, Irene Kavanagh and Arlene PrunklVirginia’s Ghost is a cozy mystery centred on Virginia Blythe, an antiques specialist at a Toronto auction house, and Constance Pendleton, a beautiful flapper ghost. The novel is a tale of ghastly crime, euphoric love and devastating betrayal, in which two women transcend time to affect each other’s lives in startling ways.

Robert Runté (Prairie Provinces branch) received an Aurora Award for “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading,” Scholar Keynote Address at the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy, Toronto, October 2013, and subsequently published in Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives. Allan Weiss, ed. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland, 2014 (in press). The Aurora Awards are presented each year by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association; this year’s banquet was held in Vancouver on October 4.

BC branch member Philip Sherwood launched his latest book, It’s Not the Ships, at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC. The book, which Sherwood co-authored and which his company published, is the World War II memoirs of his father, the late Frederick Sherwood. Fred was well respected among the Canadian naval community as Canada’s most highly decorated submariner. The book launch was part of West Coast Submarine Week, commemorating 100 years of Canadians in submarines.

July 2014

In January we lost our friend and colleague, Karen Virag. Karen represented Editors Canada for several years on the board of Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC). As a tribute to Karen, CHRC has named her recipient of the DUX Award as a Champion of Professional Development. The DUX Award was created “to honour Canada’s cultural HR leaders who have contributed to the dynamic and inspiring cultural life we enjoy in this country.”

During her tenure at CHRC, Karen helped to establish the DUX Award, giving it its name and description. Karen advocated for better HR management and training in the cultural sector; she herself presented the first DUX Award in 2012.

May 2014

Sono Nis Press has published BC branch member Karen Autio‘s book, Sabotage. This final book in Karen’s historical fiction trilogy for young readers is an adventure tale based on real-life espionage, sabotage and internment in Canada during the First World War. Sabotage has been shortlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book and for the 2015 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. For more information, visit Karen’s website.

Prairie Provinces branch member Astrid Blodgett has been shortlisted for the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story at the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards. Her nomination is for “New Summer Dresses,” which was published in You Haven’t Changed A Bit (University of Alberta Press, 2013).

BC member Philip Sherwood was awarded the 2014 Arty Award for Outstanding Artist in the Literary Arts by the Abbotsford Arts Council. Philip is an Abbotsford-based writer, editor and personal historian. In 2013 he served as managing editor for the publication of Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890–1950, a coffee table book of 199 stories of the region’s pioneers. Currently, he is collaborating with the Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Museum to offer services to Abbotsford residents who want to tell their stories.

January 2014

Congratulations to Toronto branch member Tilman Lewis, who worked on Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War by Charlie Angus, published by Between the Lines. Unlikely Radicals has been short-listed for the 2013 Legislative Assembly of Ontario Speakers Book Award and is a runner-up for the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Non-Fiction (Canada-East).

Toronto branch member John Millyard discovered in the drawer of an old desk the hand-written memoirs of James Lowry, a young surgeon in Nelson’s Mediterranean fleet 1797 to 1804. John has recently published Lowry’s memoirs as an eBook in both Kindle and Kobo format. The memoirs were never intended for publication, and describe Lowry’s rugged life afloat and fascinating (often erotic) adventures ashore. As one reviewer wrote, it is a “fantastic primary [historical] source and is full of firsthand accounts of several conflicts in His Majesty’s Navy. While he describes details of battles hitherto unknown or lost to legend, personal details give a fuller understanding of the period’s culture and daily life. These things are priceless and most often lost [when] over edited or in fictional accounts of history.”


December 2013

A Blessed Snarl (Breakwater Books), a novel written by Samuel Thomas Martin and edited by Editors Canada members John Eerkes-Medrano (British Columbia branch) and Leslie Vryenhoek (Newfoundland and Labrador twig), has been longlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Libraries around the world made nominations for this prestigious award, and a prize of €100,000 will be awarded to the winning author on June 12, 2014.

National Capital Region branch member Suzanne Nussey was the recipient of the 2013 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest for “Poem for the First Sunday of Advent,” which won Suzanne a $1,000 prize and appears in the Vol. 128, Fall 2013 issue of The New Quarterly. Suzanne was invited to the Wild Writers Literary Festival in Waterloo, Ontario, to read her poem on the weekend of November 8, and will be interviewed by The New Quarterly.

Prairie Provinces branch member Marguerite Watson completed the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University and convocated in November. Her major research paper was an analysis of the construction of Canadian identity, a sense of belonging and a sense of home in the narratives of immigrants in Canada.

October 2013

Nancy Ackerman, Toronto branch, has just completed editing the second World Bank publication Women, Business and the Law 2014 Report, launched September 24 in London, Ontario. The report, which highlights the importance of gender equality, may be obtained on the World Bank website.

Prairie Provinces branch member Roberta Laurie has just finished the MA in Environmental Education and Communication (MEEC) program at Royal Roads University. Her PhD thesis, Framing Ethical Oil: Shaping the Canadian Media’s Response to the Alberta Oil Sands, has received a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Deborah Lawson, Prairie Provinces branch, released her debut poetry collection, Reckless Toward Blossoming, at launches in Calgary (September 9), Edmonton (September 16) and Toronto (September 29). Reckless Toward Blossoming is one of the 2013 Quartet books published by Calgary-based literary press Frontenac House. More information is available on the publisher’s website.

September 2013

Ruth Chernia, Toronto branch, was a member of the publications committee, production manager and one of 44 contributors to Tracing Our Roots, Telling Our Stories, published by the Jewish Genealogical Society (JGS) of Toronto. The commemorative book celebrates 25 years of the JGS of Toronto, and has been awarded Outstanding Publication by a Member Organization of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).

Toronto branch member Marnie Lamb has had a short story nominated for this year’s Journey Prize. “Mrs. Fujimoto’s Wednesday Afternoons” was originally published in issue 91.3 of The Dalhousie Review. The Journey Prize winner will be announced in November. Further details are available on The Journey Prize’s Facebook page.

Nova Scotia twig member Virginia McGowan, PhD., has been published by Athabasca University Press. A Metaphoric Mind: Selected Writings of Joseph Couture, edited in partnership with Ruth Couture, was funded in part by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. More information can be found at

Tony Myres, NCR branch, recently won first prize in the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay contest. Read his story, “Searching for Father—A Tale of Repentance, Redemption and Resurrection.”

June 2013

Toronto branch member Kerry Fast recently co-edited a multidisciplinary compilation of essays and creative writing, titled Mothering Mennonite. The book marks the first scholarly attempt to incorporate religious groundings in interpretations of motherhood. Fast is a freelance editor, writer and researcher, and has published both academically and creatively. Her writings have appeared in The Journal of Mennonite Studies and Rhubarb. Published by Demeter Press, Mothering Mennonite can be purchased online at There will be a book launch at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg on June 24 at 7:00 p.m., with plans for a second in Toronto this September.

Saskatchewan branch member Don Ward was recently nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award for his 2012 publication The Weeping Chair. Don is a former recipient of the CBC Literary Awards in the short story category and his winning story, “Badger,” is included in this collection of short stories, published by Thistledown Press and available through most e-book retailers.

May 2013

BC branch member Philip Sherwood has completed work on Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890–1950. The illustrated coffee table book has just been published by the MSA Museum Society; Pioneer Stories is a collection of nearly 200 stories, many told first hand. Philip served as managing editor, overseeing the production team and editing the content. For more news, watch

April 2013

The Prairies Provinces branch of the Editors’ Association of Canada is hosting the Words in 3 Dimensions conference in partnership with the Get Publishing Communications Society and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Many Editors Canada members will be presenters at the conference, which takes place May 24–26, at the Robbins Health Learning Centre, MacEwan University in Edmonton.

QAC branch member Claire Wilkshire’s début novel, Maxine, was released in March by Breakwater Books. Claire, an editor, translator, teacher and writer in St. John’s, invites all to attend the book launch at The Company House in Halifax on June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

February 2013

Paul Cipywnyk, BC branch, received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteer work with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society in Burnaby, BC. Paul, who describes himself as “an accidental environmentalist,” thanks his parents for teaching him about “the ethic of citizenship as community service.”

Kristina Lundberg, Prairie Provinces branch, wrote an entry for Editors Canada’s new blog that appeared on the Facebook page of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). Kristina’s piece, “Rising above the plateau: Mid-career PD for editors,” was posted on January 22, 2013.

Rosemary Shipton, Toronto branch, edited Solar Dance by Modris Ekstein (Knopf Canada, 2012). With Rosemary’s able assistance, the author has won the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, valued at $40,000. This book was also short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize.

January 2013

BC branch member Susan Chambers has published her first book, Small Business, Big Change: A Microentrepreneur’s Guide to Social Responsibility (Night Owls Press, San Francisco). Learn more about the book at

A Geography of Blood, written by Candace Savage and edited by BC branch member Nancy Flight, recently won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

BC branch member Janet Love Morrison has released her fourth book, Friends, Six Women, Six Cultures, One Humanity (Influence Publishing). The book celebrates multicultural friendships and the belief that when we all rise to be the best we can be—humanity will rise to be the best it can be.


December 2012

Elizabeth McLachlan, Prairie Provinces branch, has had her book Herbert Has Lots for a Buck, published by NeWest Press. The book describes 12 small Prairie towns that have lost population but are finding ways to renew themselves.

October 2012

Toronto branch member Carolyn Bishop is pleased to announce the release of her book Meaningless Platter Dudes: Language Transformed on a Platter of Fun, published by Iguana Books. Described as a joyous exploration of fun with language, this book of puns is a must read for those who enjoy a light-hearted and intelligent play on words.

Francine Cloutier, QAC branch, defended her thesis, La rédaction-révision : une activité de communication guidée par le principe communicatif de pertinence, at Université Laval on October 7. Francine’s goals were to clarify and better structure the knowledge needed to practice and teach editing, to remove misperceptions about the field, to show that it is a valid subject of scientific research, and to lay the groundwork for further research in this area.

Toronto branch member Sharon A. Crawford reports that her debut collection of mystery short stories, Beyond the Tripping Point, published by Blue Denim Press, comes out in October 2012. The book will be launched on November 4 in Toronto. For more information, visit, the author’s blog or Facebook.

Joan Dixon, Prairie Provinces branch, has co-edited (with Barb Howard) a book of essays and reflections by 14 writers. Entitled Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge, this Heritage House book was launched on September 27 at the Military Museum in Calgary.

Dr. Peter J. Roccia, Prairie Provinces branch, recently delivered academic papers in Russia and Japan. His topic at the 2012 Global Studies Conference in Moscow was about the dynamics of transferring a comic book originally in left-to-right English to right-to-left Arabic.

July 2012

Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Workbook, written by Candace Plattor and edited by BC branch member Arlene Prunkl, has just been named the recipient of two 2012 International Book Awards: Winner in the Health: Addiction & Recovery category and Finalist in the Self-Help: Relationships category. Candace Plattor’s first book, Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving Someone with an Addiction, also edited by Arlene Prunkl, was the winner or finalist for seven book awards: Winner in the Health: Psychology/Mental Health category, finalist in four additional categories in the 2010 International Book Awards and finalist in two categories in the USA Book News Awards.

June 2012

Prairie Provinces branch member Astrid Blodgett will have her story “Ice Break” included in this year’s The Journey Prize Stories. For more than 20 years The Journey Prize Stories, published by McClelland & Stewart, has been one of the most prestigious anthologies in the country. One of the 12 writers featured this year will receive the $10,000 Journey Prize, the most significant monetary award given in Canada for a short story or excerpt from a fiction work-in-progress.

Cynthia Dusseault (Prairie Provinces branch) has received the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s Larry Jackson Award, which is the equivalent of Editors Canada’s Lee D’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.

Toronto branch member Diya Lim is the winner of the Prix littéraire Henriette-Major 2011, a literary award for unpublished writers organized by Dominique et compagnie (a children’s book publisher in Quebec). Diya’s first book is due to be published in fall 2012, as an illustrated chapter book. Furthermore, Diya has recently signed a contract with Les Éditions L’Interligne (a publisher in Ontario) for another children’s novel containing two fantasy stories. This second book is due to be published in spring 2013.

Rosemary Shipton, Toronto branch, received a glowing acknowledgement from Richard Gwyn for her editing of his book Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life. Our Times (Random House Canada, 2011). This book won two awards and was shortlisted for two others. Wins: the 2012 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize ($10,000), given annually to the best book on Canada, Canadians and/or Canada’s place in the world, and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for the best political writing published in 2011 (worth $25,000). Shortlists: the Writers’ Trust Prize for nonfiction and the Governor General’s Award for nonfiction. Rosemary notes as well that the first volume of this biography, published in 2007, won the $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction. “So,” she says, “Richard and I seem to make a good pair!”

May 2012

BC branch member Darcy Cullen is celebrating the release of her new book, Editors, Scholars, and the Social Text, which brings together leading scholars and experienced professionals from the field of academic editing. Featured editors include Rosemary Shipton, Camilla Blakeley, Darcy Cullen and Amy Einsohn. The paperback will be available June 1 from

Voyages: To the New World and Beyond, a gorgeous coffee-table book on the history of sailing ships, written and illustrated by Gordon Miller and edited by BC branch members John Eerkes-Medrano and Ruth Wilson, has won the John Lyman Book Award in the category of naval and maritime reference works. Voyages was published by Douglas & McIntyre and the University of Washington Press in 2011. The award is granted annually by the North American Society for Oceanic History.

NCR branch member Gillian Scobie is pleased to announce that Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government, a book she stylistically edited and copy edited, has won the 14th annual Donner Prize. Written by Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis and Lori Turnbull, the book explores how Canada’s time-honoured system of responsible government is failing us. The Donner Prize honours excellence and innovation in Canadian public policy thinking, writing and research.

March 2012

Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, written by Charlotte Gill and edited by BC branch member Nancy Flight, has won the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. It was also shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction among other awards. In addition, Nancy’s role as Associate Publisher of Greystone Books has just been expanded to Associate Publisher, D&M (both Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books).

February 2012

QAC branch member Maryann Hayatian has opened a publishing company called Flower Press. She invites Editors Canada members to submit their manuscripts along with a query letter including details (i.e., title, subject, synopsis and number of pages) to For more information, go to

Toronto branch member Dawn Hunter has received a 2012 USBBY Outstanding International Books Award for her contribution to Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan (Annick Press). Written by Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter, the book features stunning photos of an Afghanistan we rarely see. The USBBY Outstanding International Books List is published each year by the United States Board on Books for Young People.

Congratulations to Deborah Lawson, Prairie Provinces branch member, who recently signed a contract with Frontenac House, a Calgary-based literary press, for the publication of her first book of poetry titled Voice Lessons. The book will be published in 2013 as one of four volumes in Frontenac’s highly regarded Quartet series. Frontenac, which won the Alberta Publisher of the Year award in 2006, is particularly known for giving special attention to developing new and previously unpublished writers.

Dr. Peter J. Roccia, Prairie Provinces branch member, is presenting two academic papers this spring: one at a communications conference in Lille, France, and another at the Canadian Communication Association’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Waterloo, Ontario. Peter is a full-time continuing faculty member at MacEwan University in Edmonton.

January 2012

Gilles Vilasco (QAC branch) edited the manuscript for a book that will be published by Presses de l’Université du Québec under the title Le Québec APRÈS Bouchard-Taylor – L’identité religieuse de l’immigration. The book, which will be in stores February 15, was published under the direction of Louis Rousseau, Professor of Religious Studies at UQAM. Rousseau also wrote the introduction and conclusion. The book contains eight chapters written by teachers and researchers Mathieu Boisvert, Frederic Castel, Anne Letourneau, Jean-Rene Milot, Louis Rousseau and Raymonde Venditti.


December 2011

Lynn Coady (Prairie Provinces branch) is the 2011 writer in residence at MacEwan University. Her fourth novel, The Antagonist (House of Anansi Press), earned her a place on the 2011 long list of nominees for the Scotiabank Giller Prize alongside literary heavyweights such as Marina Endicott and Michael Ondaatje.

On October 25, 2011, Grammar Gals, Karen Virag and Virginia Durksen (Prairie Provinces branch), answered grammar questions on CBC Radio’s Alberta at Noon program (one of their regular appearances on CBC over the past several years). The Gals and a crowd of 30 or so editors also appeared at the Great Big Grammarfest later that night, at Mount Royal University, Calgary. CBC host Donna McElligott moderated both the show and the evening event.

September 2011

Kudos to BC branch member Heidi Greco whose manuscript, Shrinking Violets, was co-winner of Quattro Books’ annual novella competition. Since the book was released at the end of April 2011, Heidi has presented it at Montreal’s Blue Met Festival and at launch events in Toronto and London, ON; Saskatoon, SK; Red Deer, AB; and White Rock, BC.

Congratulations also go to Toronto branch member Susan Hughes. Her book, Case Closed: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science, is a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction through the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. In addition, her newest non-fiction book for children, Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World, has been published this fall by Owlkids Books.

In June 2011, for the second year in a row, Prairie Provinces branch member Karen Virag received a Golden Leaf Award of Merit for Overall Publication from the Canadian Education Press Association (CEPA), for Just in Time, a newsletter that she writes and edits for the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Committee of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. CEPA represents teacher association presses across Canada. The theme of this award-winning issue was transgender.

Also in June 2011, Karen Virag received an honourable mention in the short article category by the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada for “The Naked Truth About Raw,” her article about the raw food movement. The article was published in the winter 2010 issue of The Tomato, an Edmonton culinary magazine.

June 2011

Congratulations go to Prairie Provinces branch member Astrid Blodgett. One of her short stories, “Ice Break,” has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of The Antigonish Review.

QAC branch member Daphne Davey was recently elected national president of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association. Among its services, the association offers an instructor certification program, including workshops and exams at the assistant instructor, intermediate instructor, instructor and coach levels. Daphne has been an assistant instructor for 20 years. She has been actively coaching physically challenged, developmentally delayed and autistic children and adults for over 30 years.

Toronto branch member Carolyn Wilker is celebrating the release of her new book, Once Upon a Sandbox. Published by Reflections on the Past, the book is a memoir about life on a family farm in Ontario in the 50s and 60s.

May 2011

Toronto branch member Peggy Ireland was a judge in the first annual “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees!” international financial literacy contest sponsored by Phat Math, Inc. Peggy is the author of Easy Tax Tips for Canadians.

QAC branch member Carolyne Roy has just completed proofreading two books aimed at college students. Environnement économique and Calcul différentiel, both published by Éditions CEC, will teach students about the workings of economics and differential mathematics.

April 2011

Kudos to BC branch member Frank Chow, who copy edited The Aquaculture Controversy in Canada: Activism, Policy, and Contested Science by sociologists Nathan Young and Ralph Matthews. The book was recently awarded the 2011 K.D. Srivastava Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Publishing. The prize is given each year by the Publications Board of UBC Press to the author(s) of a work of outstanding scholarly quality published by the Press in the previous year.

A book indexed by Prairie Provinces branch member Judy Dunlop has been shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Alberta’s Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction: Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium by Myrna Kostash (University of Alberta Press). The awards will be announced on June 11 at a gala event in Calgary.

Adrienne Montgomerie, a member of the Kingston twig and an Editors Canada speaker, has been invited to speak at the Thousand Islands Writers’ Festival in Brockville, Ontario, on May 7 on “Finding a Good Editor—and Why You Need One.” Fellow Kingston twig member Sheelagh Frame will talk about editing in academia. The event is being organized by another Kingston twig member, Chris Stesky.

Congratulations to NCR branch member Suzanne Nussey, who was one of three winners of Event magazine’s 2010 Non-Fiction Contest. Her essay, “Sleep, Mother and Child,” is featured in the magazine’s most recent issue.

Prairie Provinces branch member Marguerite Watson has been shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Alberta’s 2011 Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize for her essay “Closer to the Bone.” Marguerite was also shortlisted for the WGA’s James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction in 2010 for an essay entitled “What Grows in the Soil.

March 2011

Jeff Bursey, QAC branch member, is pleased to announce the release of his first book, Verbatim: A Novel. Published by Enfield & Wizenty, the book is a satirical work set in a fictional Canadian legislature in the 1990s.

Nancy Mackenzie, Prairie Provinces branch member, recently celebrated the release of her third book of poetry titled Communion. The book, published by Ekstasis Editions, explores spiritual and philosophical themes and is available at Edmonton’s Greenwoods’ Bookshoppe.

Kudos to BC branch member Melva McLean, who has co-written a screenplay with Bonnie Gibson that has been optioned by Britain’s Serendipity Films/Create Lab. Called Dragonfly, the screenplay is a “family road trip” film.

Congratulations to Toronto branch member Lily Quan, who was recently awarded a Toronto Arts Council Grant to complete her novel-in-progress, Dreams of the White City. The novel is historical fiction set in 1890s Chicago.

Philip Sherwood, BC Branch member, was the editor of two recently acclaimed books. In the Arms of My Beloved, written by Sandra Crawford, won the 2010 Word Guild Award for Best Independently Published Non-fiction. Susanne Remembers: A Mennonite Childhood in Revolutionary Russia, by Susanne Willms Thielman, won the 2010 Abbotsford Arts Council ARTY Award for Literary Arts.

January 2011

Kudos to BC branch member Nancy Flight for editing two acclaimed new books: Smiling Bears by Else Poulsen and A Hunter’s Confession by David Carpenter. Smiling Bears, an enlightening and moving portrait of bears in all their complexity, was shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. A Hunter’s Confession, which tells the story of hunting, recently won the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. Both books are published by Greystone Books.


December 2010

Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch member Wendy Helfenbaum, and Montreal author Marijke Vroomen-Durning, recently launched a new international essay anthology, Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart. The book is a collection of 28 stories demonstrating “the enduring power of relationships to drive, haunt, empower and enrich us.” It is available online from

Prairie Provinces branch member Roberta Laurie recently edited the non-fiction anthology Christmas Chaos, published by Prairie Dog Publishing. Christmas Chaos features tales of Christmases gone awry from across Canada. After two weeks on McNally Robinson Winnipeg’s bestseller list this month, it has now reached the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Saskatoon.

BC branch member Frances Peck recently published an e-book titled Peck’s English Pointers. The book takes “a thorough yet entertaining look at some of the most common errors, weaknesses and uncertainties that plague writers of English.” It is available online from the Translation Bureau of Canada.

Kudos to National Capital Region branch member Marion Soublière, whose book, Getting Work with the Federal Government: A guide to figuring out the procurement puzzle (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2010), is now available through and The book shows independent professionals of all stripes how to get contract work with the $20 billion per year federal market.

November 2010

Toronto branch member Dawn Hunter has won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, a book she wrote with Priscilla Galloway. Published by Annick Press, the book has been called a “wonderful resource for research and reports” for readers aged 10 and up. The Norma Fleck Award is administered annually by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

BC branch member Melva McLean recently won The Atlantis Award at the 2010 Moondance International Film Festival, held in Boulder, Colorado, for a screenplay she co-wrote with Bonnie Gibson. The screenplay, titled Dragonfly, is a family film about a young woman who breaks her grandmother, “Nan,” out of an old folks’ home and takes her on a nostalgic trip to see the opera house where she once sang.

Peter Midgley, Prairie Provinces branch member, has published a collection of poetry, perhaps i should / miskien moet ek. The poems, written in English and Afrikaans, deal with the experiences of immigration, living between borders and languages, and personal loss. Stan Chung writes in his introduction to the collection that “Midgley’s slender poems do not trumpet forth in predictable ways; instead, they move sideways across two continents, over decades of time, and through a rhythmic mélange of language.” The book can be ordered from the publishers at or directly from Peter at

Carolyne Roy, Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch member, has just finished proofreading Entre bonheur et liberté – Commentaire sur l’éthique de Bentham, Mill et Kant. Written by Claude Veillette, this comprehensive overview designed for college students is published by Éditions CEC of Montreal.

October 2010

In June 2010, Prairie Provinces branch member Karen Virag received a Golden Leaf Award of Merit for Overall Publication from the Canadian Education Press Association (CEPA), for Just in Time, a newsletter that she writes and edits for the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Committee of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. CEPA represents teacher association presses across Canada.

Since last September, QAC branch member Anna Olivier has been giving the Réécriture et révision II course at Université Laval in Quebec City. She will also teach Réécriture et révision (the first part of the same course) during the winter term.

QAC branch member MaryAnn Hayatian recently celebrated the 2010 release of her children’s book, Cookie, a cat’s tale, published by Lulu Press. Cookie is a cat who likes to play outside, be with his furry friends and hang out with his toy, Mr. Skunk.

August 2010

Dawn Hunter’s (Toronto branch) book, Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, is a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction through the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. It was also a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist.

Sharon Crawford (Toronto branch) has two stories, “Cemetery Circle” and “My Brother’s Keeper” in the Gathered Streams anthology published by Hidden Brook Press. An electronic version of Sharon’s novella, Fire Underneath the Ice, which she co-authored with Irene Gargantini under the pseudonym R.S. Natanevin, has also been published by Rogue Phoenix Press. The print copy is due out soon with a book launch in September in Waterloo, Ontario.

Paul Cipywynk (BC branch) has completed the copy editing and proofreading of Desperate Times, a trilogy of Ukrainian short fiction translated into English. The three volumes—Brother against BrotherBetween the Trenches and Conflict and Chaos—were translated by Paul’s aunt, Roma Franko, and edited by his late mother, Sonia Morris. The trilogy will be published by their award-winning Ukrainian literature publishing company, Language Lanterns Publications Inc., later this month.

June 2010

The Editors’ Association of Canada was well represented at the Alberta Book Awards gala held in Edmonton on May 14, 2010. A dozen or so Prairie Provinces branch members cheered as their colleague Joan Dixon received the James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction for her piece entitled “The Perils of War and Mother-Son Relationships.” Also shortlisted for this award was Marguerite Watson for her piece entitled “What Grows in the Soil.” Joan Dixon was also shortlisted for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize for her essay, “Embedded on the Home Front,” which was published by Chatelaine.

Congratulations to QAC branch member Sandy Newton, co-author of Birds of Newfoundland: Field Guide. The guide was awarded the 2009 Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s award for Best Atlantic Published Book. Sandy notes that she “wore many editorial hats in the preparation of this book, including researcher, writer, editor and ‘novice birder’ test audience.”

April 2010

BC branch member Georgina Montgomery recently collaborated with photographer Kevin Oke to write her first coffee table book. The Cowichan was published in October 2009 by Harbour Publishing as the latest in a series of titles showcasing British Columbia’s special regions.

Saskatchewan branch member Don Ward was the first-prize winner in the short story category in CBC’s 2009 Literary Awards. His story, “Badger,” is about a priest who develops a relationship with a badger with whom he discusses philosophical and other matters. The story will be published in enRoute magazine and carries a $6,000 prize. 

Two books edited by Toronto branch member Rosemary Shipton have recently been recognized: John English’s Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Volume Two: 1968–2000 won the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing; and David Hackett Fischer’s Champlain’s Dream: The Visionary Adventurer Who Made a New World in Canada was one of three finalists for the $75,000 2009 Cundill International Prize in History. 

March 2010

A book edited by Toronto branch member Rosemary Shipton was shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Charles Taylor Award for Literary Non-Fiction. Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968–2000 by John English (published by Knopf Canada) did not win the award, but was one of four finalists chosen from a total of 125 submissions. Rosemary also edited two other books that were shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Award in 2008. Richard Gwyn’s John A.: The Man Who Made Us won the prize.

February 2010

Congratulations to Toronto branch member Susan Hughes, who will celebrate the release of her new young adult novel, Virginia, on March 1. Published by Kids Can Press, the book is described as “a gripping story of an ordinary teenage girl drawn into an extraordinary chain of events.” Also, this summer Scholastic Canada will publish Susan’s book Canada’s Birds as part of its “Canada Close Up” children’s non-fiction series. Canada’s Birds will be Susan’s third title in the series.

January 2010

In November 2009, Prairie Provinces branch member Louise Dandeneau won first prize in the Rue Deschambault writing contest in Winnipeg. The contest, which was held by La Maison Gabrielle Roy and La Liberté, challenged entrants to write a short story with a street name as the title about an event that occurred in a childhood home. Louise also contributed a short story to the Sillons – hommage à Gabrielle Roy anthology published by Éditions de Blé in Winnipeg, November 2009. (2009 was the centennial anniversary of Gabrielle Roy’s birth.)

In December 2009, QAC branch member Daphne Davey launched her new book Free to Roam: The Story of the Joyriders, 1979–2009. The book covers both the history of the Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association of PEI, of which Daphne is a co-founder and instructor, as well as how and why the concept of horses as therapists works. Daphne’s first print run of 200 books is close to selling out, with copies going across Canada and to the United States.

Also receiving good reviews is Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, a new book by Toronto branch member Dawn Hunter. Co-written with Priscilla Galloway, the book was published in 2009 by Annick Press. This is Dawn’s third book for young people.

December 2009

Congratulations to Nancy Flight, BC branch member and past president of Editors Canada. Nancy was the editor of Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life by Brian Brett, which recently won The Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. Congratulations also go to Toronto branch member Barbara Czarnecki who was the copy editor for the award-winning book.

Thumbs up to Prairie Provinces branch member Audrey Whitson for winning first prize in Room magazine’s 2009 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Audrey took the top fiction prize for her story “The Glorious Mysteries,” which will be published in Room’s winter 2010 issue.

Kudos to Prairie Provinces branch member Karen Virag and former member Virginia Durksen. These self-described “blonde grammar mavens” are regular guests on CBC Radio’s Wild Rose Country and Blue Sky call-in shows. The duo, which appears with host Donna McElligott, strives to bring clarity to the rules and opinions that inform the way we speak and judge the speech of others.

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