FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, June 24, 2022—The Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada) has announced that Patricia MacDonald of Howie Centre, Nova Scotia, is the recipient of the 2022 Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.
Editors Canada is a volunteer-run organization. At any given time, hundreds of volunteers are working to keep the organization running and to support editors across the country. Volunteers serve on national and local executives, organize conferences and webinars, serve on committees and task forces, develop publications and maintain landmark programs, such as Editors Canada Professional Certification and Editing Essentials. In short, volunteers are essential for Editors Canada to function.
MacDonald is recognized for nearly a decade of service to the association, working on several conference committees and task forces, as well as the national executive council. She had a particular focus on making member services more accessible and making volunteers’ work more effective, meaningful and rewarding.
She oversaw the improving access to member services task force and was instrumental in creating the Editors’ Vine, a popular monthly online meeting of members. MacDonald also supervised the insurance task force and oversaw important volunteer resources, such as updates to the Volunteer Handbook, the Committee Handbook, as well as the creation of the VolunteerConnect spreadsheet.
“All of these were valuable contributions of her time and work, which contributed to making the association stronger and more relevant for members,” said her nominators.
Established in 2010, the Editors Canada President’s Award for Volunteer Service recognizes outstanding service to the organization by member volunteers. From among the nominations received for the President’s Award, one nominee is selected to receive the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award. Recipients of the 2022 President’s Award for Volunteer Service are as follows.
Victoria Bell (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)
Natalia Iwanek (Editors Toronto)
Fazeela Jiwa (Editors Atlantic)
Amber Riaz (Editors British Columbia)
Jess Shulman (Editors Toronto)
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About Editors Canada
Lee d’Anjou is a founding member of the Freelance Editors’ Association of Canada and remains a guiding force in the association now known as Editors Canada. She is a champion of professional standards of editing, a pioneer of the association’s certification program, and one of the association’s most recognized and outstanding volunteers.
Additional information about the President’s Award for Volunteer Service and the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award can be found on the Editors Canada website.
Editors Canada began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors’ Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. In 1994, the word “Freelance” was dropped to reflect the association’s expanding focus to serve both freelance and in-house editors. As Canada’s only national editorial association, it is the hub for 1,300 members and affiliates, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, academic, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. The association’s professional development programs and services include professional certification, an annual conference, seminars, webinars, and networking with other associations. Editors Canada has four regional branches: British Columbia; Toronto; Ottawa–Gatineau; and Quebec, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Atlantic Canada, Barrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton-Halton, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph and Manitoba.
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