Editors' Association of Canada

Prairie Provinces

Contact Information

National Office
info@editors.ca

Anita Princl, Member Relations Coordinator
memberrelations@editors.ca

Lesley Cameron, Director of Branches and Twigs (west)
Director_West@editors.ca

Emily Staniland, Branch Contact
Volunteer-with-PPB@editors.ca

Kelley Stark, Job Hotline
ppb_br_job_hotline@editors.ca

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, PPB held its annual general meeting in Edmonton. Sixteen EAC members attended, including several outgoing branch executive members and three guests from the National Executive Council.

Despite several calls for candidates to fill the open branch executive positions, too few members stepped forward to fill the 21 open branch roles. Without the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and other essential roles filled, the branch could not fulfill its EAC policy-governed responsibilities. 

Because of this dearth of volunteer energy in the branch, the outgoing PPB executive decided that it is in the branch's best interest to take a pause and operate under the administrative oversight of the national office. In providing administrative services for PPB, the national office will report directly to the Regional Director of Branches and Twigs (west) and the National Executive Council.

Is PPB shutting down?

No. The outgoing branch executive has decided that PPB should enter a period of inactivity, because it doesn't have the volunteer support to provide leadership for the branch or to organize programming or networking events. PPB remains a branch of the Editors' Association of Canada.

When there is sufficient volunteer involvement, EAC will be able to resume activities. If you are interested in volunteering and helping rebuild PPB, please contact Emily Staniland, PPB Branch Contact, at Volunteer-with-PPB@editors.ca.

Am I still an EAC member?

Yes. You are still an EAC member. During this period of branch inactivity, you can maintain your affiliation with PPB, or you may want to transfer your membership to another branch or twig. You might even want to take charge and start a twig in your region. Here's how.

Will any PPB services continue during this period of inactivity?

Local events, networking opportunities and promotion can't be organized without volunteer support. However, as an EAC member you'll still have access to national online services like the email list, the National Job Board and the Online Directory of Editors, and all national services and benefits of membership.

The national office will continue to maintain the PPB job hotline and provide communication support for PPB, responding to general inquiries about the branch and providing other assistance as required.

During this period of hiatus, PPB will continue to co-host and support the Words in 3D conference which will be held in Edmonton from May 22-24, 2015. If you are interested in supporting PPB's involvement with Words in 3D, please contact Volunteer-with-PPB@editors.ca

Has this happened before?

Yes. This is not unusual for a volunteer-run organization. Volunteering is the backbone of EAC, so burnout happens. Activity in other branches and twigs has ebbed and flowed over EAC's 35+ year history. In most cases, the branch or twig took the hiatus to recuperate and recharge and, once rejuvenated, sprang back into action.

How long will the period of inactivity last? 

It's difficult to say how long the hiatus will last, but in the past we've seen EAC branches and twigs take breaks lasting anywhere from a few months to a year or more.

What's next for PPB?

The National Executive Council will continue to monitor the situation and keep all EAC members informed.

If you have any concerns at all about this hiatus or EAC, please contact your regional director of branches and twigs (west), Lesley Cameron at Director_West@editors.ca. Lesley sits on the National Executive Council on your behalf and attended the PPB AGM.

Where do I go for support?

For membership inquiries, email info@editors.ca.

For questions about branch administration, email memberrelations@editors.ca.

To discuss branch leadership or to volunteer for open PPB board executive positions, email Director_West@editors.ca and Volunteer-with-PPB@editors.ca.

Jacqueline Dinsmore, President

Greg Ioannou, Past President

Lesley Cameron, Director of Branches and Twigs (west)