Daniel Polowin named recipient of the Claudette Upton Scholarship

Scholarship recipient sees mastery of new technologies as vital to adapting to changes in publishing


Toronto, June 3, 2014—The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) has announced that Daniel Polowin of Toronto, Ontario, is the recipient of the 2013 Claudette Upton Scholarship. The $1,000 cash award, which helps support continuing professional development in editing, will be presented during the awards banquet of EAC’s annual conference on Saturday, June 7.

Polowin has a tripartite strategy to evolving as an editor in a cost-cutting world where organizations are trying to do more with less: learning continuously, developing complementary technical skills, and networking with peers and mentors. And Polowin doesn’t just talk the talk. Since receiving his BA from McGill University, he has completed two post-graduate certificates—one in book and magazine publishing, the other in technical communications—and participated in numerous workshops, seminars and courses. He is currently working at LexisNexis as an editor for Lexis Practice AdvisorSM Canada. In addition to his proficiency in editing, he has programming and graphic design skills, having challenged himself by developing a wide breadth of knowledge outside the purely linguistic. The most important part of his three-fold strategy is “learning best practices in collaboration with one’s peers. As editors, we are very lucky to have a well-developed community with EAC, and I plan to be an active member throughout my career.”

In his submitted statement, Polowin sums up his philosophy of evolution in editing concisely: “The best way of adapting to change is by participating in it.”This year’s selection committee for the Claudette Upton Scholarship consisted of three respected Canadian editors: Kristina Lundberg, a Certified Professional Editor with the Alberta Teachers’ Association; Rachel Small, a freelance editor specializing in fiction, memoirs and inspirational materials; and Catharine Chen, a freelance editor of long-form fiction and nonfiction and last year’s recipient of the Claudette Upton Scholarship.

Headshot of Daniel Polowin

The Claudette Upton Scholarship is an annual, national award that recognizes a promising emerging editor from among the EAC’s student membership. The award memorializes EAC honorary life member Claudette Reed Upton-Keeley, a gifted editor who loved the English language and was actively involved in social justice and environmental causes throughout her life. She is remembered for her wonderful sense of humour and her sharp mind.

Visit the Claudette Upton Scholarship web page for more information.

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About the Editors’ Association of Canada

The Editors’ Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors’ Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. EAC is the voice of editors in Canada, with more than 1,500 members, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. EAC’s professional development programs and services include professional certification, an annual conference, seminars, guidelines for fair pay and working conditions, and networking with other associations. EAC has six regional branches: British Columbia; Prairie Provinces; Saskatchewan; Toronto; National Capital Region; and Quebec/Atlantic Canada, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Ontario; Hamilton/Halton, Ontario; Kingston, Ontario; Nova Scotia; and Newfoundland and Labrador.


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