Editors Canada announces 2022 national awards and scholarship recipients


Toronto, June 24, 2022—The Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada) has presented 6 national awards, including $7,150 in prizes, to 12 recipients.

Editors Canada’s annual awards recognize exceptional editors for their talent and dedication. The association supports the professional development of editors throughout their careers, and is proud to honour the outstanding editors and students in its midst. The cash awards are made possible by Editors Canada and its generous donors.

Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence

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Michael Leyne (Vancouver, British Columbia) received the 2022 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. Leyne was awarded the $2,000 prize for his work on Where the Power Is: Indigenous Perspectives on Northwest Coast Art by Karen Duffek, Bill McLennan and Jordan Wilson, in collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (Figure 1 Publishing).

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Claudette Upton Scholarship

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Madison Taylor (Vancouver, British Columbia) received the 2022 Claudette Upton Scholarship. Taylor is a University of Saskatchewan Honours BA (English) graduate, a current student in the Simon Fraser University Editing Certificate program, senior editor at Party Trick Press, and publicity and content marketing associate at Page Two Books. She was awarded the $1,000 prize to help support her continuing professional development in editing.

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Karen Virag Award

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Rosemary Shipton (Toronto, Ontario) received the 2022 Karen Virag Award. Shipton received the $400 cash prize for her long and illustrious career as the editor of hundreds of well-known books and reports, an enthusiastic volunteer for Editors Canada, and the academic coordinator of the Publishing Program—which she co-founded and for which she developed the curriculum— at Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University) for 17 years, training the next generation of Canadian editors.

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Equity Fellowship

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Headshot of Anastasia Chipelski

Editors Canada awarded the 2022 Equity Fellowship to three recipients:

Emily Bradley (Chesterville, Ontario)
Anastasia Chipelski (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Nathalie Goyette (Deep River, Ontario) (not pictured)

The Editors Canada Equity Fellowship is designed to support editors who have traditionally been excluded by the publishing and editing industries, including editors who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour), 2SLGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and disabled.

Each fellowship is valued at approximately $1,250.

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Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award

The Editors Canada President’s Award for Volunteer Service recognizes outstanding service to the organization by member volunteers. From among the nominations received for the President’s Award, one nominee is selected to receive the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.

Patricia MacDonald (Howie Centre, Nova Scotia) received the 2022 Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.

MacDonald was recognized for nearly a decade of service to the association, working on several conference committees and task forces, as well as the national executive council. She had a particular focus on making member services more accessible and making volunteers’ work more effective, meaningful and rewarding.

Recipients of the 2022 President’s Award for Volunteer Service are as follows.

Victoria Bell (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)
Natalia Iwanek (Editors Toronto)
Fazeela Jiwa (Editors Atlantic)
Amber Riaz (Editors British Columbia)
Jess Shulman (Editors Toronto)

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About Editors Canada

Additional information about Editors Canada awards can be found online.

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, academic, 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 four regional branches: British Columbia; Toronto; Ottawa–Gatineau; and Quebec, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Atlantic Canada, Barrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton-Halton, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph and Manitoba.


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Michelle Ou
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Editors Canada

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