EAC: National e-news update, November 18, 2009

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

In this issue:

1. IN MEMORIAM: Karen Black
2. CLAUDETTE UPTON SCHOLARSHIP: Submit your application
3. CERTIFICATION: Record number of tests to be written in 2009
4. CONFERENCE 2010: Get the latest info online
5. GET INVOLVED: EAC’s Publications Committee wants YOU!
6. ADVOCACY: Is Industry Canada mistreating you?
7. WEBSITE: National Job Board notices on email forum (“The List”) end December 1 
8. SHOP EAC: New products
9. EXTERNAL LIAISON: Magazines Canada promotion
10. NATIONAL OFFICE: Scheduled telephone service disruption November 23

1. IN MEMORIAM: Karen Black

With great sadness, we announce the unexpected death of Karen Black, the former membership chair of the Toronto branch, at the age of 53.

Karen died suddenly in her home on Sunday, November 8, 2009. Mourning Karen are her mother Elizabeth, brothers Douglas and David, close friends, and her four beloved cats.

Karen will be remembered by many for her warmth, humour, intelligence, generosity, and most of all for her love of animals. She was a respected colleague and a wonderful friend. As one member said, a bright light has been extinguished; she will be greatly missed.

A memorial evening and celebration of Karen especially for EAC Toronto branch members is in the works for December, and sometime in the spring a service will be held in her hometown of Waterloo, Quebec. Details of both events will be provided later. Friends are establishing an animal care fund in Karen’s name, with details to be made available as soon as possible.

For a guest book where you may extend condolences to her family, please see

Alan Yoshioka
Chair, Toronto branch
Debra Roppolo
Member-at-large, national executive council

2. CLAUDETTE UPTON SCHOLARSHIP: Submit your application

Student members of the Editors’ Association of Canada are invited to submit an application for EAC’s newest national award, the Claudette Upton Scholarship.

This is a $1,000 scholarship to help support continuing professional development in editing. The winner is encouraged to use the prize to attend EAC’s national conference, purchase EAC publications or attend association workshops. The winner will be acknowledged at EAC’s national conference, Reflections: Editing Content and Culture, in Montreal, on May 29, 2010.

Visit the Claudette Upton Scholarship page for application instructions.

Deadline: The application package must reach the national office by November 30, 2009.

PLEASE NOTE: Between October 22 and November 4, the national office experienced significant email service disruptions due to problems with its Internet service provider. Please be aware that emails sent to the national office during this period may not have been received.

If you already submitted an application for the Claudette Upton Scholarship by email, but did not receive a response, please resend your application.

3. CERTIFICATION: Record number of tests to be written in 2009

Just months after EAC announced the first Certified Professional Editors, certification candidates have registered to write a record number of tests in 2009. Between November 21 and 23, candidates across the country will write 118 tests—an all-time high for EAC’s landmark certification program.

We look forward to congratulating the latest certified editors at EAC’s 2010 annual general meeting in Montreal. Congratulations to all past and present members of the certification team and best wishes to the candidates.

4. CONFERENCE 2010: Get the latest info online

The conference website is up! Check www.editors.ca/conference/conference2010/ regularly for the latest on what’s happening as we count down to Reflections: Editing Content and Culture.

Reflections: Editing Content and Culture takes place May 28 to 30, 2010 in Montreal.

Want to get involved? There are several ways you can be a part of Conference 2010.

Be a presenter

The deadline to submit a session proposal for Conference 2010 has been extended! If you’re a terrific speaker, submit your proposal by December 4. EAC members and non-members are invited to submit proposals. Visit the conference website for complete instructions.

Join the Conference Committee

There are still some positions available on the 2010 Conference Committee. Join a dynamic team of volunteers that’s working hard to create a conference experience that EAC members will be talking about for years. Visit the conference website for more information.

Sponsor the conference

If you or someone you know is interested in an excellent marketing investment that will allow you to reach a national audience of your peers, consider becoming a sponsor of Reflections: Editing Content and Culture. Benefits of sponsorship include prominent advertising in EAC’s publications, the opportunity to place your logo on conference bags and the association website and, of course, promotion at the conference. Download the Conference 2010 sponsorship package.

We look forward to seeing you in Montreal!

5. GET INVOLVED: EAC’s Publications Committee wants YOU!

Exciting changes are in store for many of EAC’s publications. Starting in 2010, EAC will print revised editions of Professional Editorial StandardsMeeting Editorial Standards and the four-volume set of Certification Study Guides.

We’re looking for a terrific team of volunteers to see these publications through print production. Our goal is to produce essential editing texts that will be used by editors, teachers and students for years to come, as well as a strong and cohesive look for EAC publications that will strengthen the Editors’ Association of Canada brand.

Available positions:

Chair, Publications Committee

  • natural leader interested in working with a dynamic team of editors to produce top-quality teaching materials
  • book production experience essential

Committee members

  • volunteers to work/provide input on all aspects of the production process, including revision, design, layout, editing and testing
  • open to members with book production experience and those who want to learn about it

If you believe the Publications Committee is the place for you, please contact executive director Carolyn L Burke for more information.

6. ADVOCACY: Is Industry Canada mistreating you?

The national executive council has been made aware of the fact that Industry Canada is outsourcing work to advertising agencies in spite of the fact that it has standing contracts with many editors, including EAC members.

EAC will respond in writing to Industry Canada. The letter will explain that Industry Canada’s actions have affected a number of EAC editors and ask how it intends to address the matter.

If you have a standing contract with Industry Canada, please contact EAC vice-president Greg Ioannou.

7. WEBSITE: National Job Board notices on email forum (“The List”) end December 1 

Hundreds of job-seeking members from across Canada have signed up and are receiving National Job Board notices directly in their inboxes. As of December 1, 2009, National Job Board notices will be listed on
Interactive Voice and delivered via email subscription only; they will no longer be sent to the EAC email forum.

Not signed up yet? Just visit www.editors.ca/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1179 and follow the instructions.
Three clicks later, you’ll be subscribed.

Alan Yoshioka
Chair, Online Job Tools

8. SHOP EAC: New products

Maybe fewer messengers would be shot if they all had a message therapist. Show editing in a new light with EAC’s fun new gear.

These items are available for sale only until December 31, so hurry over to EAC’s CafePress shop to make your secure online purchase today.

9. EXTERNAL LIAISON: Magazines Canada promotion

Magazines Canada has launched its fifth annual Buy 2 Get 1 FREE subscription promotion. Subscribe to 3 of the 191 diverse Canadian titles for the price of 2. To take advantage of this offer, visit 1free.magazinescanada.ca before February 28, 2010.

10. NATIONAL OFFICE: Scheduled telephone service disruption November 23

The national office is scheduled to change telephone service providers on Monday, November 23. As a result, there may be brief periods of downtime for the office’s telephone and fax lines. The national office’s telephone and fax numbers will not change. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

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

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