Editors Canada awards inaugural Equity Fellowship


Toronto, June 28, 2021—The Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada) has awarded the inaugural Equity Fellowship to three recipients.

2021 Equity Fellowship Recipients

Headshot of Alicia Elliott
Headshot of Lola Opatayo

Shamaila Anjum (Calgary, Alberta) (not pictured)
Alicia Elliott (Brantford, Ontario)
Lola Opatayo (Burnaby, British Columbia)

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.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, Editors Canada is proud to offer this fellowship to support those who have traditionally been excluded from our industry,” says president Heather Buzila. “Congratulations to all three recipients! And best of luck as you advance in your editing careers.”

The Equity Fellowship provides the following to up to three successful applicants each year:

  • membership in Editors Canada for one year
  • registration for the annual conference or the congrès des langagiers et langagières (in French only) of Editors Canada;
  • three Editors Canada webinars;
  • one copy of the book Editing Canadian English (and Editorial Niches);
  • one copy of the ebook From Contact to Contract;
  • one copy of each of the four Certification Test Preparation Guides; and
  • a listing in the Editors Canada Online Directory of Editors for one year.

Each fellowship is valued at $1,210.

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About Editors Canada

Additional information about the Equity Fellowship can be found 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, 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 five regional branches: British Columbia; Saskatchewan; 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
Senior Communications Manager
Editors Canada

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