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Barbara Dylla named 2012 Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, June 27, 2012—Montreal editor Barbara Dylla is the recipient of the 2012 Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award presented by the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC).

Barbara, a member of EAC's Quebec-Atlantic Canada (QAC) branch, originally joined the association to expand her professional network. She was gratified to discover EAC had something to offer an editor who primarily identified herself as a translator. And she took to heart the advice she got from Diane Ferland, a past branch chair: "You'll get out of it what you put into it."

In June 2010, Barbara volunteered to become QAC's professional development chair. Since then, she has implemented a series of workshops that have attracted many participants. A year later, on top of renewing her commitment to provide English-language professional development seminars, Barbara took on the role of QAC branch chair. This past October, Barbara reinstituted the branch's monthly meetings; these are successfully attracting both members and non-members.

Recognized for her tireless initiative and proactive attitude, Barbara encourages feedback and considers other people's opinions. She is also well known as a team player, dedicated to getting people involved. Barbara says, "I would love to see more individuals discover the wonderful opportunities that come with participating in something so rewarding and fun!"

The occasional setback—for example, if an event has to be cancelled—does little to dampen her positive approach. She just moves forward, keeping her eye on the long term. And from Barbara's perspective, every minute committed to volunteering has value. She says, "I encourage every member to consider contributing even just one hour a month to EAC." 

Barbara has injected new life into the organization by providing editors with opportunities to learn, network, share, be informed and become involved. Her energy and enthusiasm have helped inspire her executive colleagues to follow her example, doing more and doing better for EAC.

Established in 2010, EAC's 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 2012 President's Award for Volunteer Service are as follows.

John Green (Waterloo, ON)
Christine LeBlanc (Ottawa, ON)
Eva Radford (Edmonton, AB)
Gael Spivak (Ottawa, ON)
Rachel Stuckey (Toronto, ON)
Gilles Vilasco (Montreal, QC)

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About the Editors' Association of Canada
Lee d'Anjou is a founding member of the Editors' Association of Canada and remains a guiding force in the association. She is a champion of professional standards of editing, a pioneer of EAC's certification program and one of the association's most recognized and outstanding volunteers.

Additional information about EAC's President's Award for Volunteer Service and the Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award can be found at www.editors.ca/presidentsaward/index.html.

The Editors' Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors' Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. EAC is the voice of editors in Canada, with more than 1,600 members, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. EAC's professional development programs and services include certification, an annual conference, seminars, guidelines for fair pay and working conditions, and networking with other associations. EAC has six regional branches: British Columbia, Prairie Provinces, Saskatchewan, Toronto, National Capital Region and Quebec/Atlantic Canada, and smaller branches (called twigs) in Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Hamilton/Halton, Kingston and Nova Scotia. www.editors.ca

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Michelle Ou
Communications Manager
Editors' Association of Canada
Association canadienne des réviseurs
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