EAC: National e-news update, December 20, 2011

News, events, tips and updates for members of the Editors’ Association of Canada

In this issue:

1. TOM FAIRLEY AWARD: It’s your time to shine!
2. MEMBER SERVICES: Looking for new partnership ideas
3. CONFERENCE 2012: Former speaker Peter Milliken the closing keynote speaker
4. BOOST YOUR RESUMÉ: Get involved
5. FLICKR: EAC in pictures
6. NATIONAL OFFICE: Holiday closure

1. TOM FAIRLEY AWARD: It’s your time to shine!

Editing might be an invisible art, but that doesn’t mean great editors should hide in the shadows. Help us shine a spotlight on editing excellence by submitting a nomination for the 2011 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence!

The recipient of the 2011 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence will receive a $2,000 cash prize and will be recognized at the banquet of EAC’s 2012 conference in Ottawa on June 2, 2012. We’re proud to announce that finalists will receive a cash prize of $500 each, because being shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award is also recognition of outstanding editorial performance.

The deadline for your letter of nomination is Friday, January 13. Supporting material must be received by Friday, January 27.

Please spread this message far and wide. Nominees don’t have to be members of EAC (although self-nominations are encouraged).

For complete nomination instructions and other information about the award, see the Tom Fairley Award page.


Editors know that the fine art of editing extends beyond books and print media. While EAC’s Tom Fairley Award has been awarded to many outstanding book editors in the 27 years since it was created, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we encourage nominations for a variety of written projects. Whether it’s a magazine, corporate or government report, software documentation or a book, we want to hear about it. When it comes to editing, the variety of material is limitless!

2. MEMBER SERVICES: Looking for new partnership ideas

Thanks to all members who participated in last month’s strategic planning survey. We’re pleased to hear that so many of you are happy with member services like affordable insurance plans. Many of you have already contacted us about additional discounts you’d like to see, from office supply sources and basic goods retailers to workshops offered by like organizations. We’ve been following up on these suggestions and while some organizations report that they no longer offer group plans, others jump at the idea—stay tuned!

We encourage you to keep sending us your ideas for new partnerships so we can keep providing new benefits of membership. Send your suggestions to EAC’s chair of membership services, Dee Hopkins, at membership_services@editors.ca.

3. CONFERENCE 2012: Former speaker Peter Milliken the closing keynote speaker

Logo for the 2012 National Conference

Order, order! It gives us great pleasure to announce that Canada’s longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons, Peter Milliken, will be the closing keynote speaker at Conference 2012 in Ottawa, June 1 to 3. Milliken, a lawyer and former Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, served as Speaker from 2001 until 2011.

In other news, Conference 2012 now has a fiercely stylish logo that reinforces the conference theme, “The Landscape of Canadian Language: Word Nerds Gone Wild” (Le paysage langagier du Canada : les mordus des mots se défoulent).

Conference registration opens Thursday, February 23, 2012. The early bird fee—until Wednesday, April 11, 2012—is $350 for EAC members ($290 for student members). After that, the fee is $430 for EAC members ($370 for student members). For non-members, the fee is $600 ($550 for students). More details will be posted later on the EAC website.

Watch for news on Twitter (@eac_acr), LinkedInFacebookwww.editors.ca (www.reviseurs.ca), newsletters, the EAC email forum, and these e-news updates. On Twitter, use the hashtag #eac2012 in tweets.

Have a wild holiday season!

Christine LeBlanc and Gael Spivak, Conference Co-Chairs

Two stuffed animals, a fox and a squirrel, wearing a single Santa hat

Squirrel and Fox popped into a certain Crown corporation in Ottawa to help Santa answer letters to children.
Photo: Christine LeBlanc

4. BOOST YOUR RESUMÉ: Get involved

Want to stand out from the crowd? Consider volunteering for EAC. Volunteering has many benefits for the association, but it can be beneficial to your career as well. EAC member volunteers join a team of colleagues working on fun, challenging and rewarding projects like the ones below. You’ll have the opportunity to influence your association and profession, work with members of the publishing and communications industries, learn new skills, expand your portfolio and boost your career options.

Active Voice/Voix active: English editor

We’re looking for an English-language editor for our national newsletter, Active Voice/Voix active. Responsibilities include working with the editor-in-chief and the French-language editor to corral writers and wrangle content. For more information, contact editor-in-chief, Michelle Boulton, at av_editor@editors.ca.

Marketing and Public Relations Committee: Writers and innovators

With the launch of the new Certification Study Guides and Meeting Professional Editorial Standards, we have lots of ideas for expanding the promotion of EAC publications, but we need your help. If you have a gift for writing snappy copy or if you have great ideas for generating interest in the association, its products and services, EAC’s marketing and public relations committee needs you! Fun projects abound. For more information, contact EAC’s marketing and public relations chair, Alethea Spiridon Hopson, at marketing_and_pr@editors.ca.

Social Media: Tweeters, Facebookers, LinkedIn(ners?) and Buzzers

Do you have a passion for social media? We’re looking for a team of volunteers to commit an hour a week to planning, writing, posting and monitoring EAC’s social media campaigns. This is a great opportunity to learn about social media first hand (training provided), promote EAC and the editing profession, and to network with your fellow editors. For more information, contact EAC’s director of communications, Adrienne Montgomerie, at director_communications@editors.ca.

Several volunteer positions are also available for Conference 2012.

Conference speaker coordinator for EAC member speakers (this speaker coordinator’s role is to support the main speaker coordinator, who is primarily responsible for non-member speakers)

The speaker coordinator for EAC member speakers organizes and compiles conference proposals from EAC members. The conference committee chooses the speakers. The speaker coordinator informs applicants via email whether they’ve been selected, and obtains required data from confirmed speakers (e.g., bio, photo, technical requirements, handouts).

Conference photographer (1 or 2 positions)

The photographer captures events such as keynote speaker, posed and candid shots of attendees and speakers at sessions, and more. The photographer is responsible for getting permissions to photograph people, noting correct spelling of names, and will also email photos to EAC’s communications manager.

Conference volunteer coordinator

The volunteer coordinator recruits and coordinates volunteers to work at conference (e.g., to introduce presenters, staff registration desk, etc.), compiles volunteer contact info, prepares schedules, coordinates requirements, communicates with volunteers regularly and organizes on-site training for conference volunteers.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of these conference positions, contact conference co-chairs Christine LeBlanc and Gael Spivak at conference@editors.ca.

5. FLICKR: EAC in pictures

National executive council meetings aren’t just about budgets and reports. There are meetings with local members and tiaras, too. Visit EAC’s Flickr site to check out the national executive council at (its glamorous) work last month. You’ll also find photos of the Saturday evening social with members of the Toronto branch.

EAC photos can now be found in one place on this Flickr account. There are already photos in the 2012 conference set. You can also take a trip down memory lane with photos from the 2010 and 2009 conferences.

6. NATIONAL OFFICE: Holiday closure

It’s that time of year again! The national office will close for the holidays on Friday, December 23, and will reopen on Wednesday, January 4.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. See you in 2012!

The EAC national e-news update is produced on behalf of the national executive council by the national office.

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