Wendy Carroll (Editors Ottawa-Gatineau) is Editors Canada’s volunteer of the month for May. While Wendy’s path to volunteering was accidental—she describes it as “more something [she] ‘fell into’ than something [she] decided [she] wanted to do”—she speaks highly of the rewards of volunteering, including the opportunities it provides for professional development and networking.
“Volunteering on a committee has helped me meet editors of various backgrounds from around the country, which provides terrific perspective on issues affecting the association and the profession.”
A self-described introvert, Wendy says that volunteering allowed her to build lasting friendships with other editors. She is co-chair of the certification steering committee and, in past years, she assisted with conference planning and was a volunteer exam marker. A Certified Professional Editor, Wendy is now managing editor for all CMAJ Group publications.
Her professional achievements, however, are second to time spent with family: “I live for travelling with my family. Working to earn a paycheque is definitely a means to that end.” She is also a trained yoga instructor and regularly turns to yoga to manage stress and “to refill [her] cup of patience and kindness.”
The featured volunteer recognizes the contributions of our dedicated people who keep Editors Canada going. Volunteers are the backbone of the association, and we are grateful for the many members and affiliates who answer the call when help is needed.
Want to make a difference in your association? Find out more about volunteering for Editors Canada.