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Karen Virag Award

Remembering Karen Virag

Karen Virag

The award is named after honorary life member Karen Virag. Its intent is to reflect Karen's own work to raise the profile of editing. This included her long-standing participation on the Cultural Human Resources Council as the Editors Canada representative and her frequent appearances on CBC Radio as one-half of the dynamic Grammar Gals duo with Virginia Durksen. Karen also served as the Editors Canada director of publications.

Each year, Editors Canada presents several awards recognizing excellence in editing and service to the organization. We're proud to acknowledge the editors who have shown remarkable talent and dedication over the course of the previous year.

But what about the perennial heroes of editing? We're talking about the individuals or organizations that go out of their way to raise the profile of our profession in their communities year after year. Our heroes are the ones who champion what we do and just how valuable we are.

Tell us about one of your editing heroes by submitting a nomination for the Karen Virag Award.

Tell us about the editing heroes in your community


About the award

Editors Canada's newest award was created in memory of long-time association member Karen Virag, and in recognition of Karen's many contributions to the profession. The Karen Virag Award recognizes the efforts of an editor or an organization to raise the profile of editing in their community.

Please help us spread the word about this award.



2018 - James Harbeck
2017 - Virginia Durksen
2016 - Nancy Flight


How to apply

The nominations period for the 2018 Karen Virag Award is now closed. 

Editors Canada will begin accepting nominations for the 2019 Karen Virag Award in early 2019.



Thanks to our 2016 donors

Erna Dominey
Anne Louise Mahoney
Frances Peck
Cy Strom

Support the Karen Virag Award

Help to support Editors Canada awards! We invite you to contribute to these awards that honour the outstanding editors and students in our midst.

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We also welcome donations by cheque. Please make your donation payable to "Editors' Association of Canada" with "Karen Virag Award" written on the memo line.

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Editors Canada
Karen Virag Award
505–27 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1L2