National e-news update, April 28, 2021

News, events, tips and updates from Editors Canada

In this issue:

1. WEBINARS: Train online with Editors Canada
2. EDITORS 21: Registration is open for Editors Canada’s virtual 2021 conference (June 12–13)
3. GET INVOLVED: Introducing VolunteerConnect
4. STANDARDS: PES review under way
5. HIRE AN EDITOR: Thank you!
6. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Proofreading survey coming soon
7. TWIG NEWS: Update from Editors Nova Scotia
8. MEMBER NEWS: Tell the world about your accomplishment
9. NEC: Notes from your national executive council

1. WEBINARS: Train online with Editors Canada

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Are you looking for training opportunities online? Check out our upcoming webinars.

Don’t forget: Editors Canada members and student affiliates register at discounted rates.

Upcoming webinars

Catch up on demand: Webinar recordings are available

Did you miss an Editors Canada webinar? Many of our webinars have been recorded and are now available for purchase (and some are even free).

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When you buy a webinar recording, you’ll receive a video file to watch at your leisure on your computer or mobile device. The file is yours to keep, so you can watch it again and again.

Visit our webinar recordings page to see what’s available now. We’re adding new recordings regularly, so be sure to check often.

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This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

2. EDITORS 21: Registration is open for Editors Canada’s virtual 2021 conference (June 12–13)

There’s still time to register for Editors 21: Editors Transform, Editors Canada’s first online conference, which is being held on June 12 and 13!

Don’t miss out on the 40 sessions and two exciting keynotes scheduled at the conference! By registering, you’ll have access to a recording of every session and keynote until September 30, 2021.

The full conference schedule is live, and you can download a PDF of the schedule in your own time zone. Scroll to the bottom of the schedule page for the links.

3. GET INVOLVED: Introducing VolunteerConnect

The volunteer management committee has been working on a new resource to help connect volunteers to projects. Our volunteer leaders are always looking for help, whether for a short-term job, a project, a task force, a committee or another initiative. To meet this need, we have developed a spreadsheet where potential volunteers can post their current skills, skills they would like to learn, their availability and other relevant information.

We are excited to introduce you to this resource, VolunteerConnect. This “live” document will allow volunteer leaders to post their volunteer needs with criteria (skills needed, skills that can be learned, time commitment, etc.) and provides a searchable list of volunteers. As a volunteer, you can search this listing for opportunities of interest to you, and also list yourself as a volunteer!

We believe this will be beneficial to the organization as a whole, as we will be able to match volunteers with projects and vice versa more effectively than our current system. It is a win-win for all!

You can find it here and under Volunteer resources on the Editors Canada website.

4. STANDARDS: PES review under way

The standards committee has started a line-by-line review of the Professional Editorial Standards (PES), last updated in 2016. This process is estimated to take up to 12 months. During the review, the committee is working to ensure PES is timely and inclusive, and is documenting proposed modifications for membership approval.

For more information about this project, contact the standards committee chairs.

5. HIRE AN EDITOR: Thank you!

The communications and marketing committee would like to thank everyone who helped promote hiring editors by sharing and liking the Hire an Editor campaign. We would also like to say a big thank you to Virginia St-Denis for her work bringing it together.

6. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Proofreading survey coming soon

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As part of the development process for future professional certification exams in Proofreading, the certification steering committee would like to know more about how proofreaders currently work.

Do you proofread on paper? Use software such as Adobe, Word or InCopy? A combination? Gaining insight into how proofreaders work today will help us plan an exam that reflects current methods and processes.

The committee will soon share a link to a short survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated! Feedback from the proofreading community helps us ensure the exam mirrors real-world conditions. We thank you in advance for your insight!

Interested in showing your excellence in Proofreading and Structural Editing? Registration for the 2021 professional certification exams will open in July.

7. TWIG NEWS: Update from Editors Nova Scotia

What’s new

  • We extend a warm welcome to our newest members, Heather White, in Halifax, and Karen Crouse, in Sydney.
  • As Becky Skillin leaves us in an exciting move to Jordan, we are pleased to welcome Molly Rookwood as our new co-coordinator, pending the vote at this month’s annual general meeting (AGM).

We did it

  • The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met on Wednesday, March 10, for a nice, chatty online lunch.
  • On Saturday, March 13, members met online for a rousing game of STET! Dreyer’s English.
  • Our editors came together virtually on Saturday, March 27 for a thought-provoking and educational discussion on editing Indigenous terminology. Anne Curry and Candida Hadley led the discussion with immense care and consideration.

Recent events

  • The twig AGM took place on Saturday, April 10. There were several motions up for discussion, as well as at least one new co-coordinator to vote in.
  • Our Wolfville editors met for a Zoom lunch on Wednesday, April 14.
  • Kaitlin Littlechild led a follow-up session on Indigenous terminology on Saturday, April 24. We were thrilled to have her expertise and learn from her!

Want to join in the fun? Check with your branch or twig to find out about virtual events in your area.

8. MEMBER NEWS: Tell the world about your accomplishment

Editors Canada Member News is where we share information about members and affiliates who win awards, publish books and make their mark in other important ways.

Do you have an achievement you’d like to share? Are you excited about a new project or opportunity that has come your way? Let us tell the world all about it! Please send your stories to the member news coordinator.

9. NEC: Notes from your national executive council

The national executive council (NEC) met on Sunday, March 21, to discuss a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Young and Associates, the bookkeeping firm Editors Canada is now working with, has provided an update on Editors Canada’s 2020 financials, and the outlook is good. The NEC is cautiously optimistic that the association will end up in the black for 2020 once the audit is complete.
  • JJ Wilson and Jacqui Woods-Powell from Editors Barrie attended the meeting to give the NEC an update on the twig’s successes and challenges. They’ve seen varied attendance at their different online events, but overall the twig is doing very well.
  • We spent some time discussing the ongoing technical issues that Editors Canada has been dealing with, including moving to a new IT company and how to resolve issues with member access to The Chicago Manual of Style OnlineThe Editors’ Weekly blog posts, and members’ email accounts, among other things.

The NEC met again on Sunday, April 25. A report on that meeting will be in next month’s e-news.

Heather Buzila

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

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