National e-news update, December 21, 2016

News, events, tips and updates from Editors Canada

In this issue:

1. MEMBER SERVICES: National mentorship program to launch in early 2017
2. COMING SOON: Editors Canada short videos
4. TOM FAIRLEY AWARD: Submit your nomination
5. CONFERENCE: Two great reasons to attend Conference 2017 in Ottawa–Gatineau!
6. MEMBER BENEFITS: Your personal access plan to a digital library of more than 1,900 academic journals on JSTOR
7. WEBINARS: Train online with Editors Canada
8. NATIONAL JOB BOARD: Free postings
10. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!
11. IN MEMORIAM: David Peebles
12. NATIONAL OFFICE: Editors Canada seeks a bilingual membership and professional standards coordinator
13. NEC: Holiday greetings from your national executive council

1. MEMBER SERVICES: National mentorship program to launch in early 2017

Editors Canada’s John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program is launching soon! One of the benefits of membership in Editors Canada is support and advice from colleagues. Several Editors Canada branches have offered their members formal or informal opportunities to mentor and/or be mentored. Editors Canada is excited to announce that a new national program will make it possible for all members across the country to participate in mentorship, beginning in early 2017. Watch for more details in January.

What is mentorship? Mentorship is a method of offering professional development opportunities in a “community of sharing.” Mentors help other members of their profession to enhance their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in a flexible, responsive and transformational environment. Coaching and confidence-building are important features of mentorship.

2. COMING SOON: Editors Canada short videos

Have you always dreamed of being a video star? Now’s your chance! Editors Canada is inviting members to submit proposals for 2-minute videos (made on your computer or phone) about any aspect of editing. We’re planning to release videos regularly in 2017 to spread the word about editing and the association. For more information, or to submit a proposal, contact


2017 will start off with a bang with the second test of the Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique (PARL): the examen en révision comparative.

Please note that only réviseurs agréés are eligible to write this test, which will be held on Saturday, January 28, at Université Laval in Quebec City. Start studying early! Pick up the Guide de préparation à l’examen d’attestation en révision comparative.

Considering becoming a réviseur agréé? Preparation for the next examen d’agrément en révision linguistique générale is under way. This test will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Start preparing now!

To register for the examen en révision comparative or for more details about the program, visit the PARL website.

4. TOM FAIRLEY AWARD: Submit your nomination

It’s our time to shine!

A grey stage light.

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 2016 Tom Fairley Award.

The recipient of the 2016 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Finalists will receive a cash prize of $500 each, because being shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award is also an exceptional achievement.

The deadline for your letter of nomination is January 30, 2017.

Please spread this message far and wide. Nominees don’t have to be members of Editors Canada and self-nominations are encouraged.

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

More than books!

Editors know that the fine art of editing extends beyond books and print media. While the Tom Fairley Award has been awarded to many outstanding book editors since it was created in 1983, we encourage nominations for a variety of written projects. Whether it’s a magazine, a 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!

5. CONFERENCE: Two great reasons to attend Conference 2017 in Ottawa–Gatineau!

The 2017 Editors Canada conference committee is thrilled to announce our keynote speakers!

Opening speaker Cherie Dimaline is an award-winning author and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis community. She was named 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, and was the first Writer in Residence of Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library.

John McIntyre, our closing speaker, has been a working editor for more than thirty years. He oversees the night news desk at The Baltimore Sun, writes a blog called “You Don’t Say,” and is the author of The Old Editor Says: Maxims for Writing and Editing.

Join us June 9–11, 2017 in Ottawa–Gatineau to hear these two inspiring and compelling speakers, and more!

Reminder: Session proposals are being accepted until December 30. If you have an idea for a session or panel topic or would like to participate in a panel discussion, please complete and submit the Speaker Proposal Form.

Also: a special room rate of $169/night for single or double occupancy is available at the conference hotel, the Crowne Plaza Gatineau–Ottawa. The conference will take place during the Canada 150 celebrations, so book early to ensure you get a room!

6. MEMBER BENEFITS: JSTOR library discount

Did you know that your membership in Editors Canada entitles you to a 25% discount on access to a digital library of more than 1,900 academic journals on JSTOR?

The JPASS is a time-based individual “library card” granting access to JSTOR’s journal archive collection content. Some exceptions apply. A complete title list is available on New journals are added monthly.

Editors Canada members may purchase a JPASS annual access plan for $149 US, a savings of 25%. Monthly access, at $19.50 per month, is also available.

Want to know more? Visit our JPASS page to find out how to get your 25% discount for members.

Looking for more discounts and other benefits of membership? Check out the Editors Canada member services page.

7. WEBINARS: Train online with Editors Canada

For more than 35 years we’ve delivered high-quality, local training for editors at every stage of their careers. Are you looking for training opportunities online? Check out our 2016–17 webinar season.

Choose from sessions in English and French on topics as varied as developmental editing, creating and maintaining in-house style guides, language theory and networking. Each session is presented by a topnotch instructor. Visit our webinars page to learn more about each session and to meet the instructors. Don’t forget: Editors Canada members and student affiliates register at discounted rates.

Catch up on demand: Webinar recordings are available

Did you miss an Editors Canada webinar? Several of our webinars have been recorded and are now available for purchase. 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 and some are available for a limited time only, so be sure to check often.

8. NATIONAL JOB BOARD: Free postings

Did you know employers can post job vacancies on our national job board free of charge?

The national job board carries notices of full-time, part-time and freelance opportunities to members across the country. Editors Canada is the only national association focused solely on editors and the editing profession. By offering free job ads, we’re encouraging employers to promote their in-house and freelance opportunities to our community of editors. Is your employer or client hiring? Encourage them to post the opportunity on our job board.

Looking for work? Visit the national job board now.


Headshot of Linda Dietz

Editors Saskatchewan is grateful for Linda Dietz’s work as the branch treasurer and for taking over the position when it became vacant. Linda believed she would be a good fit for this role, having worked with the finances for the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan and for the Canadian Journal of History. There have been some challenges with reporting and moving from a fiscal to a calendar year, but she has enjoyed working through them.

Since joining the association in 2011, Linda has supported Editors Saskatchewan in other ways. In addition to volunteering as the treasurer and attending all executive meetings, she is an advocate for the workshops and programs run by the branch. She lists the branch table at Saskatoon’s The Word on the Street as her favourite experience because she got to meet and talk with a variety of people. She also enjoys the company of her fellow members, people like her who love words, are not afraid to laugh, and make their work interesting and fun.

Linda began her editorial career as a research assistant for a micropalaeontologist at the University of Saskatchewan. At that time she also worked on the annual Saskatoon History of Review and helped her professor with his fantasy and mystery books. In 1998 she became the managing editor for the Canadian Journal of History and was responsible for designing, copy editing and proofreading each issue. Now retired, she enjoys spending her time quilting, writing and researching local history, and acting as an English tutor for a graduate student from Japan. Linda is also an avid traveler and has lived in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.

The volunteer of the month highlights the dedicated people who keep Editors Canada going. Volunteers are the backbone of the association. We are grateful for the many members and affiliates who answer the call when help is needed. Visit the Members’ Area for more information about actively participating in the association.

10. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!

In November, Sandra Gravel (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada) published Entrepreneurs : Soignez vos écrits – Améliorez vos affaires. This book is intended to help the self-employed, microentrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who write their own business copy to improve the overall quality of their text, and correct common mistakes.

The cover and layout for this book were created by 3C Publications, a company that belongs to fellow association member Michelle Boulton (Editors Saskatchewan).

Purchase Entrepreneurs : Soignez vos écrits – Améliorez vos affaires at

Do you have an achievement you’d like to share? Are you excited about a new project or opportunity that has come your way? We’d love to hear from you! Please send your stories to the member news coordinator. Each item will be posted on our website and will be included in the Editors Canada e-news updates.

11. IN MEMORIAM: David Peebles

Photo of David Peeples

Long-time Editors Toronto member David Peebles died peacefully on Saturday, December 3. He had been living with bile duct cancer for several years. 

David was an extremely kind, funny and highly gifted man who came to editing relatively late in life; he quickly became sought after as a math and physics editor. David was married to Ruth Pincoe, another fine editor and indexer. In fact, each of them received the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence: Ruth won it in 1994, while David was a co-winner (with Barbara Canton) in 2002. He also volunteered for Editors Canada behind the scenes for many years, making a quiet yet important contribution assisting fellow members.

We offer our condolences to Ruth and to all of David’s colleagues and friends in the editing community. He will be missed.

[photo credit: Toronto Bicycling Network]

12. NATIONAL OFFICE: Editors Canada seeks a bilingual membership and professional standards coordinator

The national office is hiring! We’re looking for a bilingual (English and French) individual to join our team and provide support for our membership, Editors Canada certification and the Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique (PARL). This is a full-time position based in our national office in Toronto.

For more information about the job description, qualifications and expectations, please refer to our Careers page.

We encourage you to share this employment opportunity with all of the qualified candidates in your network. Please note that as a matter of policy, national office staff may not hold membership in the association. However, if you’re thinking of changing tracks, we invite you to email a cover letter and resumé to

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries, please.

13. NEC: Holiday greetings from your national executive council

It’s been a busy fall for the national executive: we had two quarterly meetings, created next year’s budget, and have done lots of other planning for 2017. We’re looking forward to the holidays!

The national office will close for the holidays on Friday, December 23, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.

I’d like to wish all Editors Canada members and student affiliates a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. And may the New Year overflow with good things for you and those dear to you!

All the best,

Anne Louise Mahoney

Welcome to Editors Canada!

British Columbia

Sandra Alleyne-Batson, Pohsuan Zaide


Deb Clapp, Lindsey Thornitt


Cory Hare


Gordon Marce, Renate Maslany


Stephanie Cervone, Catherine Lai, Alicia Le Roux, Julie Mollins, Rose Oliva, Liat Radcliffe Ross, Victoria Romano-Saullo, Amy Schneider, Barb Summers


Jennifer Collins

Quebec/Atlantic Canada

Lilly Boulianne, Ariane Drainville, Sylvie Lamothe, Christine Ouellet-Dumont, Elona Ritchie, Éva-Saïda Saheb-Ettaba, Barbara Vogt

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