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Donna L. Dawson, CPE

111 Murray Drive
Aurora, ON L4G 2C6
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  • Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award (2019)
  • President's Award (2011)
Certified Professional Editor (CPE)
Certified Structural and Stylistic Editor
Certified Copy Editor
Certified Proofreader

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
  • Editors Toronto (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Mentorship (2017, 2018, 2021)
  • Publications (2011)


Certified Professional Editor. I ensure your text says what you want it to say, is clear and engaging, and is right for your audience. I help my clients – including self-publishing authors – by asking lots of questions, making creative suggestions, and being easy to work with. I'm pretty quick, too. 

I have an honours degree in theatre and have been editing since 1995. I've worked on financial and business material, stock market research reports, medical journals, continuing medical education programs, nutrition and health material (especially cancer care), brochures and advertising, self-help books, magazine articles and educational materials for both children and adults. I've even proof-read billboards. I've helped more than two dozen authors successfully self-publish their books, many in the field of small business, family business, and personal finance. I've worked with multinational investment firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals.

If you're looking to outsource editing, proofreading, or rewriting to a freelancer to save yourself time and headaches, give me a call or click "Contact person by email" at right to reach me by email.

In 2019, I received Editors Canada's Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.

What clients say:

-- "You have made a tremendous difference."

-- “Know how extremely grateful we are to have found you for this project. Your skill set, plus your flexibility and lightning-fast turnaround, helped make this a great success.”

-- “She is easy to talk to, practical, exceedingly bright, direct, professional and efficient.”

-- “Your excellent work has taken our homemade manual to the professional level.”

-- "I really liked the way that it sounded like me, but a 'tighter' version of me!"

-- “You are a magician. Thank you so much. You have really captured exactly what I want.” 

-- “You’re a genius!” 

-- "WOW! This is amazing work. Thank you so much for all the detail and thorough review. This gives me a lot of confidence sending it back to the client for approvals."


Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Bibliographies
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Cookbooks
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • Educational materials, general
  • Hand-written materials
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Construction and real estate
  • Culture
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Finance and taxation
  • Food and drink
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Pharmaceuticals