Notes from your national executive council: A report from the June 2017 (Q2) meeting

The 2016–17 national executive council (NEC) held its final meeting of the year online on June 26. Here are some highlights:

  • Treasurer Carolyn Brown provided a mid-year review of association finances. Thanks to a successful national conference and higher than expected revenue in other areas, we may end the fiscal year (end of 2017) without a deficit if current trends continue.
  • We reviewed the final report and recommendations submitted by the Active Voice task force, and came up with some next steps (researching various costs related to the recommendations). 
  • We also discussed the training and development committee’s first annual report on our webinar program. To ensure that the program is relevant and high quality, we will review the committee’s recommendations as the second full year of online training begins.
  • A new project in the year ahead will be the revision of Meeting Professional Editorial Standards. Stay tuned for more on that project.
  • We will also update the Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Theses/Dissertations in light of the revised Professional Editorial Standards.

As the new NEC has now begun its term, you’ll soon hear about more plans and programs for the year ahead. The president will announce your new NEC once it has approved each person’s position on the executive.

It has been an honour to serve you as president—I have learned so much and have loved meeting so many of you by email, by phone, by Zoom or in person. Thank you for your support over the past two years.

I am grateful also to the hundreds of volunteers who make Editors Canada what it is. We couldn’t do it without you!

Thank you to the other members of the 2015–16 and 2016–17 NECs for their outstanding efforts to advance the work of the association and provide services, networking opportunities and so much more for members and student affiliates across Canada and beyond. Each NEC member puts countless hours into their role through thousands of emails, dozens of phone conversations and several in-person meetings every year.

I would also like to thank our incredible staff at the national office: Erica Ruth Kelly (membership and professional standards coordinator), Caitlin Stewart (training and development coordinator), Michelle Ou (senior communications manager) and John Yip-Chuck (executive director). They are all superheroes who make things run smoothly (and make it look easy)!

Have a wonderful summer,

Anne Louise Mahoney
Outgoing president, Editors Canada

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