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2017 Recipients of the Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award and President's Award for Volunteer Service

Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award

Jeanne McKane

Jeanne McKane (Editors Toronto)

McKane is a fierce advocate for professional certification for editors. And she does more than simply talk about certification; she stands behind it, having earned her certification from the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and her Certified Professional Editor (CPE) credential from Editors Canada. She doubled down on her commitment to professional recognition for editors when she joined the Editors Canada certification steering committee in 2013. She has co-chaired the committee since 2015.

During McKane's tenure, she has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of professional certification both in Canada and abroad, has advocated for a culture of certification in the editing community, and has contributed significantly to the development and launch of computerized testing. 2017 marks the first time the Editors Canada professional certification tests will be administered on computers.

For McKane, offering professional certification means editors now have a significant goal to aspire to in their careers. But it's even more than that.

It's not what I expected at all—it's been the improvement of my standing with other professionals. As a healthcare editor, I spend a lot of time working closely with doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, for whom certification is a long-established practice, and a significant part of their own self-image. There is no doubt that when I make them aware of my CPE, it shifts their perceptions of me a little—it allows them to view me more as a collaborator with a different specialty, rather than as support staff, and that, in turn, gives me a greater chance to contribute my own knowledge and skills to a project.

Before joining the certification steering committee, McKane spent five years volunteering for the Editors Toronto professional development committee. The members who nominated her said she "embodies the best qualities of an Editors Canada volunteer, working enthusiastically, fielding criticisms expertly, answering questions patiently, and handling her responsibilities reliably and passionately. We look forward to seeing her commitment to the association rewarded with [this award]."


President's Award

Patricia Furdek (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)

In January 2016, Patricia Furdek accepted the position of chair of the training and development committee. Patricia supports ongoing professional development opportunities for members outside urban centres and has helped Editors Canada establish a long-term vision for training. Her dedication helped to pave the way for the Editors Canada webinar program, which launched in 2016. Webinars have breathed new life into the association’s national training programs, allowing editors at every stage of their careers to get Editors Canada’s high-quality training online.

In overseeing the launch of the program, Patricia coached presenters and attended webinars to offer opening remarks, solve technical issues, and ensure the webinars were recorded. Most webinars are available for sale on the association website. Patricia shared the valuable skills and insights she gained with her successor to foster program sustainability.

Patricia is proud to have received her Certified Proofreader designation in 2015 and remains an active member of Editors Ottawa–Gatineau.

Amy Haagsma (Editors British Columbia)

A member of Editors Canada since 2013, Amy Haagsma served as co-chair of the 2016 national conference in Vancouver alongside Lynn Slobogian. Amy and Lynn demonstrated outstanding commitment and exceptional leadership, ensuring that committee members felt heard and respected and encouraging them to play to their strengths. The result was a very successful conference. Throughout it all, Amy and Lynn remained cheerful and enthusiastic.

Drawing on her background in marketing, Amy was happy to contribute her graphic design skills to the conference.

Amy works as a self-employed writer, editor and graphic designer, with a focus on non-fiction and scientific/technical materials. She is editorial assistant at Talk Science to Me Inc. and serves as publication chair and managing editor of West Coast Editor for Editors British Columbia.

Christine Mains (Editors Calgary)

Christine (Chrissie) Mains has been a member of Editors Calgary since it launched in 2015, and served for a time as acting twig co-ordinator. Her leadership helped to ensure that Editors Calgary maintained its early momentum, as it welcomed more than 20 new members at the inaugural summer social.

Chrissie is passionate about engaging members in vital discussions. Seeking feedback on what new editors sought from the organization, she planned a series of socials and coffee meetings. She is committed to succession planning for twig sustainability and has recruited local volunteers through social media. She also organized seminars featuring local editors. Colleagues are quick to praise her unwavering commitment and support.

In October 2016, Chrissie accepted the position of production editor at Oxford University Press. Ever the dedicated volunteer, she has expressed interest in helping plan the next Editors Canada conference, even as she enjoys her new life in England.

Dawn Oosterhoff (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)

Dawn Oosterhoff proved herself to be an integral member of the standards task force in 2017. Passionate about information, she loves to organize, analyze, and share new and exciting data.

Dawn impressed her colleagues with her research skills. She piloted new systems for data management and sought innovative solutions to save time and money. She gained a reputation as a consummate professional and inspired all with her can-do attitude. When the usual approach to holding a member survey was not possible, Dawn found an effective way to collect member input.

Dawn is a freelance technical writer and editor, working in nursing, law and ethics. She loves her work because it allows her to consider global issues from many perspectives. Dawn is interested in advancing the editor’s role as an advocate for readers and champions the dissemination of quality and useful information.

Lynn Slobogian (Editors British Columbia)

A member of Editors Canada since 2013, Lynn Slobogian served as co-chair of the 2016 national conference in Vancouver alongside Amy Haagsma. Lynn and Amy demonstrated outstanding commitment and exceptional leadership, ensuring that committee members felt heard and respected and encouraging them to play to their strengths. The result was a very successful conference. Throughout it all, Lynn and Amy remained cheerful and enthusiastic.

Lynn has spent 15 years in international development, and often drew on her experience in volunteer and project management for her role as conference co-chair.

She took the plunge into full-time freelance editing in 2014, working on everything from fiction and web copy to technical reports and training manuals. She is also the professional development co-chair of Editors British Columbia.

Mentoring Task Force

In 2017, Editors Canada launched the John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program. This new national program makes it possible for Editors Canada members and student affiliates across the country to participate in one-on-one mentor-mentee relationships. The program was created by a dynamic 11-member task force led by Carolyn Brown:

Carolyn Brown (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)
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Catherine Baudin (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada)
Kevin Burns (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)
Carolyn Camilleri (Editors Toronto)
Dave Ealey (Editors Edmonton)
Anita Jenkins (Editors Edmonton)
Juliann Krushen (Editors British Columbia)
Janet MacMillan (Editors Toronto)
Virginia McGowan (Editors Nova Scotia)
Joanna Odrowaz (Editors Toronto)
Isobel Stevenson (Editors Toronto)

The task force researched international mentorship programs for editors and other communications professionals before discussing what an ideal program would look like in Canada. Together, they established the program’s philosophy and policies, and sought input from Editors Canada members and approval from the national executive council. The John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program officially launched in spring 2017. It is now under the direction of the new mentorship committee.