EAC: National e-news update, February 19, 2015

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

In this issue:

1. TWIG NEWS: A new EAC twig springs to life in Cow Town!
2. EDITING CANADIAN ENGLISH: Online edition launching soon
3. CONFERENCE: Join the Editing Goes Global team
5. VOLUNTEER REWARDS: Draw winners announced
6. ACTIVE VOICE: Copy editors, proofreaders and translators needed
7. PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Recognizing EAC’s stellar volunteers
8. MEMBER NEWS: Tell the world about your achievements

1. TWIG NEWS: A new EAC twig springs to life in Cow Town!

We’re pleased to announce that Calgary-area EACers (and friends) now have one more way to stay connected with the association. The Calgary/YYC twig of EAC was approved by the national executive council on February 9, to the delight of its dozen-plus members.

The twig will be jointly coordinated by Christine Beevis Trickett, Christine Mains and David Hedley (professional development).

After helping to successfully launch and coordinate the Nova Scotia twig with Nancy Holland, Christine Beevis Trickett (who served as twig co-coordinator, 2013 conference social media coordinator and Nova Scotia professional development coordinator) was keen to connect with members and affiliates in and around Calgary. Just over a year-and-a-half after her arrival in Calgary, Christine is excited to be launching the Calgary/YYC twig. Christine is the manager of editorial services for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and has been a member of EAC for close to 15 years.

Christine Mains has spent more time teaching students how to write than she has editing in the past decade; she’s looking forward to sharing social and professional experiences with fellow Calgary editors.

David Hedley is managing editor of UToday, the campus news service at the University of Calgary. He worked at weekly and daily newspapers in Alberta for more than 30 years as a reporter, photographer, copy editor, page designer and, in the Internet era, web producer. He recently completed a master’s degree and is working on a professional writing certificate. Career highlights include being yelled at by drunk parents while taking pictures at a late-night Junior B hockey game, getting a promotion because he knew the difference between a civil and a criminal trial, and answering phone calls from irritated readers after a Boxing Day crossword was published with errors. Along the way, he came to appreciate great editors, along with readers who notice typos!

Want more information about the Calgary/YYC twig? Contact the twig coordinators.

Hamilton-Halton twig update

The Hamilton-Halton twig had a very successful January meeting, with 11 members and guests in attendance. Sarah Hipworth provided an overview of her role and responsibilities in editing and project management of a difficult project for a not-for-profit client. In February, the twig considered Books, Boasts and Bothers—an opportunity for both new and experienced members to discuss problems and share solutions, and highlight recent successes. Gordon Cameron, group managing editor for Hamilton Community News, will be the guest speaker in March. The April meeting will feature Marg Gilks, who will discuss the ins and outs of manuscript evaluation.

Wondering what’s happening in your neck of the woods? Visit your branch or twig page to find out about events in your area.

2. EDITING CANADIAN ENGLISH: Online edition launching soon

Cover of Editing Canadian English: A Guide for Editors, Writers, and Everyone Who Works With Words (3rd Edition) by Editors' Association of Canada

The much anticipated third edition of Editing Canadian English will launch soon. This online edition provides instant, on-the-go access to the latest guidance on Canadian English usage, from Canadianization to spelling, abbreviations, punctuation, measurements, bilingual text and so much more. Written by expert editors, it’s a reference guide you can depend on. And thanks to regular updates, everyone who writes and edits “in Canadian” can stay on top of changes in language usage. If you haven’t already done so, take part in the exclusive preview for EAC members and affiliates today.

Print edition

Looking for a desk copy of Editing Canadian English? A print edition will also be available soon. Watch this space for more details in the coming months.

3. CONFERENCE: Join the Editing Goes Global team

Editing Goes Global promises to be the biggest and best EAC conference yet, but the conference committee needs a few more volunteers to make that happen. We are still looking for a vendor fair coordinator (to recruit local merchants and manage the vendor fair) and a photographer.

Are you all about the bag swag? Lend a hand by sourcing and coordinating donations, samples and giveaways for the conference bags. Is there a speaker on the schedule you’d love to introduce? Sign up to be one of our session hosts!

Volunteering helps you gain valuable skills such as managing projects, planning communications and working on teams. And don’t forget the networking opportunities an international conference has to offer.
For further information or to volunteer for any of these positions, please email the volunteer coordinators.

Register this month to save up to $200

Looking for Editing Goes Global discounts? Early-bird registration is open, but only until February 28. Visit www.EditingGoesGlobal.ca to register and to learn about travel and accommodation deals.

If there’s one EAC conference every editor or writer should attend, it’s Editing Goes Global. There may never be a better networking opportunity than this.


Headshot of Peter Moskos

Peter Moskos has been a valued member of the Editors’ Association of Canada for 26 years. He originally joined the National Capital Region branch—as treasurer and program coordinator—to meet others who worked in the industry. “Serving in volunteer jobs put me in touch with some of the best editors in Canada,” he recalls. “Working at the national level was especially useful for finding editors across Canada and learning about editing in different parts of the country.” In 2004, Peter moved to Vancouver and served as chair of the branch from 2011 to 2012. Many members have read his work in Structural Editing: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards and taken part in his workshops and sessions at EAC national conferences.

One of Peter’s most marked impacts on EAC has been his work on the certification steering committee, where he served as co-chair. In this role, he oversaw the development and pilot of the first certification tests, conducted research, represented the certification to the national executive council, and helped raise funds for the program. In June 2014, Peter was made an Honorary Certified Professional Editor for the role he played in the development of certification.

The Volunteer of the Month highlights the dedicated people who keep EAC going. Volunteers are the backbone of EAC, a member-run organization. We are grateful for the many members who answer the call when help is needed. Visit the Members’ Area for more information about actively participating in EAC.

5. VOLUNTEER REWARDS: Draw winners announced

The volunteer management committee is pleased to announce the winners of a $50 discount, awarded randomly to 10 EACers who volunteered during the 2013–14 year [as listed in the 2013–14 Annual Report (PDF, 1.2 MB), national executive council excluded]. Recipients may choose between applying the discount towards EAC dues or conference registration fees.

The draw was made on February 8, by Emily Staniland, EAC’s director of volunteer relations. The winners are as follows:

  • Julia Aitken (Toronto)
  • Dave Ealey (Prairie Provinces)
  • Cindy Elphick (National Capital Region)
  • Laura Godfrey (Toronto)
  • Marie-Eve Laroche (Quebec / Atlantic Canada)
  • Marie Lesoway (Prairie Provinces)
  • Marg Anne Morrison (Toronto)
  • Jennifer Nussey (National Capital Region)
  • Lois Ross (National Capital Region)
  • Nancy Tinari (British Columbia)

The random draw for a $50 discount is a new reward and provides an additional opportunity—along with the Volunteer of the Month program, online volunteer profiles, the President’s Award for Volunteer Service, and the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award—to recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication of EAC volunteers. Our association can’t function without them.

We welcome your feedback on this pilot initiative. If you think it’s valuable, let us know. We’d like to make this a yearly event. Please email the volunteer management committee. The committee is always looking for suggestions about how to better acknowledge EAC volunteers.

6. ACTIVE VOICE: Copy editors, proofreaders and translators needed

Active Voice (AV), the EAC magazine, is looking for copy editors and proofreaders for the spring 2015 issue. Email the AV editor if you want to be part of the team.

Nous cherchons également des membres pour traduire quelques articles de l’anglais vers le français pour Voix active. Merci!

7. PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Recognizing EAC’s stellar volunteers

EAC accomplishes amazing results, thanks in large part to our dedicated volunteers. Among other things, we publish standards and books on editing, administer a professional certification program and host an annual conference. From chairing committees to staffing registration desks, our volunteers keep things running from start to finish.

The EAC President’s Award for Volunteer Service is one way we thank our volunteers for keeping this organization functioning. We’re really proud that volunteers help run this association—many of the services we provide exist because our volunteers pitch in to do the work.

We’re now accepting nominations for the President’s Award. From the nominations received, one outstanding volunteer will receive the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.

Any member or affiliate of the association can be nominated for the award. To nominate someone for the President’s Award, send a letter (100 to 300 words) describing the candidate’s volunteer service. The letter must be signed by at least three EAC members or affiliates. For complete guidelines, please visit the President’s Award page.

The deadline for nominations is April 10.

Send nominations to

EAC President’s Award for Volunteer Service
505–27 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON M5B 1L2
Fax: 416 975-1637
Email: president@editors.ca (subject line: Nomination, EAC President’s Award for Volunteer Service)

8. PROMOTE YOURSELF: Tell the world about your achievement

EAC member news is where we share information about EACers who win awards, publish books and make their mark on the communications world in other important ways.

Do you have a recent achievement? Let EAC tell the world about it on the member news page. If you have member news to share, drop our member news coordinator a line.

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

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