2018 Tom Fairley Award Short List Announced


Toronto, May 10, 2018—The Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada) has announced the finalists for the 2018 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.

The Tom Fairley Award recognizes an editor’s outstanding contribution to a work published in Canada in English or French in the award year. The $2,000 grand prize will be presented at the awards banquet of the Editors Canada conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on May 26, 2018. Editors Canada is also pleased to announce that the two other finalists will each receive a cash prize of $500 in recognition of their exceptional editorial performance.


Lenore Hietkamp of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, for The Embodied Violinist by Gwen Thompson-Robinow (Gwen Thompson-Robinow)

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Hietkamp turned a rough draft encapsulating 50 years of experience into a complete guide for teaching violin.

Michelle van der Merwe of Victoria, British Columbia, for The Language of Family: Stories of Bonds and Belonging (Royal BC Museum)

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Van der Merwe worked with both experienced and novice writers using tact, patience and a broad skillset to create this inclusive anthology.

Gilles Vilasco of Montreal, Quebec, for Le repos Saint-François d’Assise : 100 ans d’accompagnement, l’assurance d’une pérennité (Cimetière Le repos Saint‐François d’Assise)

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Vilasco’s exceptional commitment transformed an abstract text into a landmark publication that is both an art book and a history book.

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The judges for the 2018 Tom Fairley Award are respected Canadian editors and writers.

Lesley Cameron is an editorial consultant and past Editors Canada regional director (west) of branches and twigs. She works primarily on reports, manuals, style guide creation and maintenance, plain language texts and translation revisions.

Chris Gainor is a writer, historian, and the author of five books on space exploration and aeronautics. He is the editor of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly. He resides in Victoria, British Columbia.

Louise Saint-André is an Ottawa-based editor, indexer and English-to-French translator who also teaches French-language editing, writing and indexing seminars. Her university training includes undergraduate studies in psychology and translation, as well as two master’s degrees: one in Education and one in Translation Studies.

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About Editors Canada

Additional information about the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence is available on the Editors Canada website.

Editors Canada began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors’ Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. In 1994, the word “Freelance” was dropped to reflect the association’s expanding focus to serve both freelance and in-house editors. As Canada’s only national editorial association, it is the hub for 1,300 members and affiliates, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. The association’s professional development programs and services include professional certification, an annual conference, seminars, webinars, and networking with other associations. Editors Canada has five regional branches: British Columbia; Saskatchewan; Toronto; Ottawa–Gatineau; and Quebec, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Barrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Manitoba, Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Hamilton/Halton, Kingston, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.


Media contact

Michelle Ou
Senior Communications Manager
Editors Canada
416 975-1379 / 1 866 226-3348

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