On April 13, we let members know we had secured a grant from Canadian Heritage to help rebuild our Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique and were recruiting a lead volunteer. The grant was to be used to hire a consultant who would work with the lead volunteer. The volunteer would then continue to run the program after the consultant’s contract was finished. The deadline for applications was April 28.
Although we did receive applications from two junior editors who were interested in joining the volunteer team, we received no applications for the critical lead volunteer position. Without a lead volunteer, we are unable to use the Canadian Heritage funds, as intended. Our francophone adviser has been involved throughout this process. After consulting with her, the national executive council has voted to decline the grant.
This was a difficult decision to make. The Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique has been paused for more than two years due to a lack of volunteers to manage it. Despite the enthusiasm for this program from francophone editors, the program will remain on hiatus. No exams are scheduled and the guides are not available for sale.
We share your disappointment about this important program not being available. The Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique, Canada’s first French-language editing accreditation program, was created by volunteers. Today we desperately need volunteers to get the program running again and to ensure it is sustainable for the long term. Volunteers are needed for tasks such as creating the examen d’agrément général and the examen d’attestation en révision comparative, marking the exams, updating the guides, supervising the exam centre, and so on.
If you are interested in leading a team dedicated to agrément, please contact francophone adviser Sylvie Collin at email@example.com.
National Executive Council