EAC: National e-news update, November 17, 2010

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

In this issue:

1. TOM FAIRLEY AWARD: Submit your nomination
2. CONFERENCE 2011: Update
3. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!
4. FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS: Francophone marketing volunteers needed
5. SOCIAL NETWORKING: Connect online

1. TOM FAIRLEY AWARD: Submit your nomination

Do you know an editor who’s made an outstanding contribution to a work published in Canada in English or French during the 2010 calendar year? If so, now’s the time to nominate that person for the 2010 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.

This award, which is accompanied by a $2,000 cash prize, recognizes the editor’s often invisible contribution to written communication. The award will be presented at the banquet of EAC’s 2010 conference in Vancouver on May 28.


1. Friday, January 14, 2011, for the letter of nomination
2. Friday, January 28, 2011, for the supporting documentation and administration fee

Self-nominations are encouraged.

For complete nomination instructions and other information about the award, see www.editors.ca/tomfairley/index.html.

2. CONFERENCE 2011: Update

EAC’s annual conference, Editing in the Age of e-Everything / La revision à l’ère du tout-électronique, is coming together! Here’s an update on the 2011 conference, which takes place May 27–29 in Vancouver.


Our 2011 conference will be in the city’s beautiful downtown waterfront neighbourhood, at SFU Vancouver.

Partnership with Indexers

An exciting new development: our conference will be a joint conference with the Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI). EAC members will be able to attend ISC/SCI sessions, and vice versa. We’ll announce details as we work together on this partnership.

Conference sessions

In response to feedback from previous conferences, we’ve developed a wish list of new session topics (including topics for senior editors), and have been approaching BC experts to be conference speakers. We’re delighted that many of these experts have agreed to take part.
Later this month, the call for submissions for conference sessions will be emailed to EAC members. We’d love to hear from you.

Keynote speaker

We’ve secured a fantastic keynote speaker for the conference. Stay tuned for more information!

Volunteer opportunities

We’re looking for volunteers for four main areas:

  • speakers committee: liaise with and support speakers
  • communications committee: write and edit content for the website, e-news update, print materials and social media campaigns
  • translation: translate English written content to French
  • on-site volunteers: work before the conference setting up, or during the conference at the registration desk

Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Chantal Moore at chantal.moore@ubc.ca and let her know which area you’re interested in.

See you in Vancouver in 2011!

Theresa Best
Naomi Pauls
Co-chairs, 2011 Conference Committee

3. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!

Toronto branch member Dawn Hunter has won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, a book she wrote with Priscilla Galloway. Published by Annick Press, the book has been called a “wonderful resource for research and reports” for readers aged 10 and up. The Norma Fleck Award is administered annually by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

BC branch member Melva McLean recently won The Atlantis Award at the 2010 Moondance International Film Festival, held in Boulder, Colorado, for a screenplay she co-wrote with Bonnie Gibson. The screenplay, titled Dragonfly, is a family film about a young woman who breaks her grandmother, “Nan,” out of an old folks’ home and takes her on a nostalgic trip to see the opera house where she once sang.

Peter Midgley, Prairie Provinces branch member, has published a collection of poetry, perhaps i should / miskien moet ek. The poems, written in English and Afrikaans, deal with the experiences of immigration, living between borders and languages, and personal loss. Stan Chung writes in his introduction to the collection that “Midgley’s slender poems do not trumpet forth in predictable ways; instead, they move sideways across two continents, over decades of time, and through a rhythmic mélange of language.” The book can be ordered from the publishers at www.kalwriters.com/kalpress_books.html or directly from Peter at pmidgley@shaw.ca.

Carolyne Roy, Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch member, has just finished proofreading Entre bonheur et liberté – Commentaire sur l’éthique de Bentham, Mill et Kant. Written by Claude Veillette, this comprehensive overview designed for college students is published by Éditions CEC of Montreal.

Member news is a new component of the EAC website and is designed to not only applaud EAC members’ successes but also let visitors to the website know that EAC members win awards, publish books and make their mark on the communications world in other important ways. 

If you have member news to share, contact member news coordinator, Marguerite Watson.

4. FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS: Francophone marketing volunteers needed

The association is looking for a French-speaking member to work on marketing EAC with national communications manager, Michelle Ou. Our goal is to raise the profile of the editing and publishing industry within francophone Canada. The national marketing and public relations committee is working hard to promote EAC in Canada, but without any French-speaking committee members, the francophone community is not represented. If you are interested in volunteering, or if you know of a fellow member who could help represent the professionalism of our francophone members, please contact Michelle Ou at communications@editors.ca.

5. SOCIAL NETWORKING: Connect online

Looking for EAC on your favourite social networking sites?


“Like” the Editors’ Association of Canada on Facebook. And don’t forget to join the member-run EAC Facebook group.


Join the EAC group on LinkedIn.

Please note that the LinkedIn and member-run Facebook EAC groups are open forums that are not limited to the EAC membership. Anyone with a LinkedIn or Facebook profile may join.


Get the latest EAC and industry news by following us on the microblogging site, Twitter. Find EAC @eac_acr.

PLUS: EAC Membership List

Networking with your fellow members is one of the greatest benefits of membership in EAC. Don’t forget to list yourself in the online Membership List.

Visit your Online Profile to list yourself today. There is no cost for members to list in or to search the Membership List. The Membership List is only accessible to EAC members, not to the public.

E-news updates are emailed to members several times a year. If you have missed any or if you want to read up on EAC news and events, visit the Members’ Area.

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

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