Humanitarian editor helps marginalized people find their voices

Kathryn White of Toronto is the recipient of EAC’s Claudette Upton Scholarship


Toronto, May 26, 2011— The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) has announced that Kathryn White of Toronto is the 2010 recipient of the Claudette Upton Scholarship, a national award that will be presented at the association’s annual conference, held this year in Vancouver from May 27 to 29. White is an editor of remarkable skill and range who uses her craft to help those who are marginalized and vulnerable to find and use their voice.

White’s strong sense of social justice was a key criterion in selecting her as the winner of this $1,000 cash prize. She spent many years in Nepal and Thailand researching prostitution, human trafficking and AIDS. Much of her research allowed women to tell their own stories, thus creating oral histories for themselves and the community. After returning to Canada, she undertook a similar project with women experiencing mental health issues, homelessness and abuse.

“For the women we worked with, seeing their lives and stories in print, and being taken seriously, was amazingly empowering,” says White.

The selection committee for the Claudette Upton Scholarship was composed of several well respected Canadian editors. Yvonne Van Ruskenveld (chair) is an editor, writer and publishing project manager. Like Claudette Upton, she was a founding member of West Coast Editorial Associates. Jennifer Glossop has been an editor, both in-house and freelance, of trade books for more than 40 years. Georgina Montgomery has worked as a freelance editor, writer and editing/writing trainer for a wide variety of corporate and government clients across Canada since 1983. In her 30-year career, Louise Oborne has tackled editing and writing projects ranging from government reports to textbooks, children’s books, investigative reports and non-fiction works.

EAC is pleased to honour Kathryn White’s many accomplishments and help her build a promising future with the 2010 Claudette Upton Scholarship.

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About the Editors’ Association of Canada

Additional information about the Claudette Upton Scholarship is available here.

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 1,600 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 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.

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Michelle Ou
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Editors’ Association of Canada
Association canadienne des réviseurs
416 975-1379 / 1 866 226-3348

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