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2021 Recipients of the Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award and the President's Award for Volunteer Service

Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award

Nancy Foran (Editors Toronto)

Nancy Foran began her career in publishing in 2003, when she interned at McClelland and Stewart. She then worked at Firefly Books as a production editor. Since 2006 she has been a freelance copy editor, proofreader and comparative editor of French-to-English and English-to-French translations. Her clients include trade book publishers, educational publishers, not-for-profits, communications companies and marketing and advertising agencies. When not editing she enjoys cooking and taking care of her dog and two cats. She also volunteers with Speaking of Dogs Rescue, compiling and editing their monthly newsletter.

She first began volunteering for Editors Canada in 2007, as a seminars host in the Toronto branch. She then served five years on the Toronto branch exec and went on to co-chair the 2014 conference committee. She has also chaired the volunteer management committee and francophone affairs committee and served as interim francophone affairs director on the national executive council. She began the translation and editing group in 2018.

President's Award for Volunteer Service

Magalie Allard (Editors Québec)

Magalie has been working in software development as well as in product, project and team management since 1999, for clients such as Frima, Coveo, Université Laval, CGI and Cirque du Soleil. She specializes in the design and development of custom web applications. Between 2016 and 2021, she provided both IT and linguistic services as a freelancer, and she then started her own web development company, Code Bards, in 2021. She has been a member of Editors Canada since 2016 and volunteered for the 2020 francophone national conference, and she has also volunteered for the translation and editing group as well as the Editors Canada website task force.

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Agnès André (Editors Québec)

Originally from the Alps, Agnès has a passion for all aspects of language, including the space "in between" languages. She started as a French as a second language teacher, travelling in many different parts of the world (Australia, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Canada), during which time she developed an interest in editing. Today, as a certified translator (OTTIAQ), she is exploring many aspects of editing while continuing to work on her specialty—copyediting as well as stylistic and substantive editing for academic publishers, corporate clients and communications companies. She hopes to learn more about the technical aspects of editing (software, file formats, etc.) and to move into editing for book publishers. When not editing, she spends much of her time in the mountains.

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Nicola Aquino (Editors Atlantic)

Nicola Aquino has been a member of Editors Canada since 2018 and is active in the Editors Atlantic (formerly Editors Nova Scotia) twig. She runs her own freelance business, Spit & Polish Editing, and co-moderates The Editors' Vine online meetings.

Nicola primarily works with indie self-publishing authors of fiction (mostly fantasy and science fiction), but she also does PA work for one client and recently started editing boxed text for dScryb, a Canadian start-up.


Marilyn Boake (Editors Calgary)

Marilyn Boake is the owner of Composed Lotus and does freelance grant writing and editing. Before retiring in 2020, she spent 35 years working in information technology, spending 25 of those years responding to client outsourcing proposal requests. There is a strong alignment between IT outsourcing proposals and grant writing, so for the past several years, Marilyn has also worked with many non-profits, helping them to acquire more than $1.5M in grant funding. Editing was a natural addition to Marilyn's services. She pursued her Editing Certificate from Simon Fraser University, graduating in early 2021. She particularly enjoys copy editing non-fiction manuscripts. 


Charlene Deck (Editors Calgary)

Charlene Deck began her editing journey as a legislative assembly editor and proofreader. As a freelancer, she works with non-profits dedicated to maintaining and protecting Canada's irreplaceable wilderness. When she's away from her desk, you'll find Charlene exploring the Rockies on foot or cross-country skis.

Myriam Gagnon (Editors Québec)

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Annette Gingrich (Editors British Columbia)

Annette has a passion for helping writers create their best work. Fiction is her niche, and short stories her favourite genre, although she also enjoys editing autobiographical and non-fiction content. As an Editors Canada volunteer, she chairs the national student relations committee and copy edits West Coast Editor, the Editors British Columbia blog.

Becky Heaman (Editors British Columbia)

Becky Heaman was a software implementation project manager before starting a virtual assistant business in 2013. She started taking the Professional Editing Certificate at Mount Royal University in Calgary in 2019 and has been excited to add editing services into her business offerings. In May 2020, she relocated to Victoria, British Columbia. Becky enjoys proofreading and her dream is to work on editing and publishing cookbooks! She joined the student relations committee after attending the 2019 conference in Halifax. Since October 2020, she has also been a member of the career builder committee.

Lenore Hietkamp (Editors British Columbia)

Lenore Hietkamp is an editor and an artist. She works primarily with academic authors, most often in the fields of art and architectural history (she is the sole copy editor of the journal Architectural Histories). Since 2002, she has worked for the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), University of Washington Press, UBC Press, Heritage House Publishing, Touchwood Editions and others. Lenore particularly enjoys the challenge of managing and editing complex projects, such as the self-published manual The Embodied Violinist (for which she was shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award, 2018) and the ROM's Paul Kane, The Artist. When she is not crafting words into readable text, she is painting portraits of people and their pets.


Natalia Iwanek (Editors Toronto)

Natalia Iwanek is a Toronto-based copy editor and content writer.

Ellen Keeble (Editors Toronto)

Ellen Keeble is a Toronto-based journalist and editor. Currently, she edits content for SEO/SEM and supports authors with their publishing goals. In both cases, she helps her clients navigate industry expectations and language pitfalls. Words matter, so Ellen actively follows the shifts in language, style and culture. She strives to make her clients comfortable with the publishing process and more confident with the words on the page.

As a Certified Structural Editor she brings a rigorous approach to developmental editing honed from more than 10 years of experience in corporate communications, news and non-fiction. Ellen seeks to ensure her client's work will not only resonate and connect with their intended audience, but also be something the client can proudly say is theirs

S. Robin Larin (Editors Hamilton-Halton)

Robin Larin is both an editor and a writer, holding a BA in English and Liberal Arts, MAs in English and Creative Writing and most of a PhD in English (ABD). With her background in literature, writing and teaching, she brings the mind of an English professor and the heart of a writer to her clients' work. She launched Robin Editorial in 2019, focusing on developmental editing and copy editing of literary, fantasy, speculative and children's fiction. Robin lives in Ontario with four feline editorial assistants and more books than she can count.


Paul Neuviale (Editors Toronto)

Paul Neuviale is an editor, typesetter and marketing outreach coordinator for Talk+Tell, a self-publishing company. He attended classes in the publishing program at Ryerson University. As a volunteer for Editors Canada, Paul is a copy editor for BoldFace and a member of the translation and editing group. He is a native of France and a resident of Toronto.

Becky Noelle (Editors Calgary)

Becky Noelle has redirected her science degree and five years of teaching experience into a career as an editor and writer of children's non-fiction books and educational resources, including teacher guides, curriculum-connected program guides and online learning lesson plans. Becky has successfully completed projects for multiple Canadian publishers, including Nelson Education, Greystone Books and Portage & Main Press. She was a volunteer with the 2021 conference committee and has volunteered on the student relations committee since 2019. She will take over as student relations committee chair in July 2021.

Sophie Pallotta (Editors Québec)

Sophie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in translation, but she was editing and translating long before she finished her degree. Her career spans almost 30 years in a variety of fields, both as an employee and as a freelancer.

She has been a member of the Quebec branch of Editors Canada since 2012.


Adriana Paradiso (Editors Toronto)

Adriana is a professionally trained French-to-English translator and editor of web articles, print books and even the odd comedy sketch. She's worked across a number of industries, including arts, travel, history and health. She lives in Toronto with her husband, several overflowing bookshelves and her prized board game collection.

Marie-Christine Payette (Editors Québec)

Marie-Christine Payette has a background as an English-to-French translator and ESL and FSL teacher. She started her own business in 2011, offering French editing, proofreading and comparative editing services as well as English-to-French translation. Since joining Editors Canada, she has volunteered as a translator, editor, speaker, session host, mentor, spokesperson and director of francophone affairs on the national executive council. She previously received the President's Award for Volunteer Service in 2018.

Lina Scarpellini (Editors Québec)

Lina Scarpellini is passionate about education, health and wellness. She is a translator, an editor, the author of four books and a fitness coach—a polymath who is endlessly curious!

Carmen Siu (Editors Toronto)

Carmen Siu was born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto. After graduating from Western University with an undergraduate degree in comparative literature and film studies, and a minor in Italian studies, she began a career of wearing many hats, including as a project coordinator, editor, designer, typesetter and EPUB producer. Carmen has been a member of Editors Canada since 2011 and is proud to have earned her Certified Proofreader designation in 2015 and her Certified Copy Editor designation in 2020.

Anna Williams (Editors Edmonton)

Anna Williams is a freelance editor, writer and consultant in Edmonton, Alberta. With 17 years of experience in corporate and business communication, she works primarily for provincial and municipal government. She enjoys tackling new and challenging projects. A member of Editors Canada since 2007, Anna has filled several volunteer roles for the association.