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Barbara E Johnston, Barbara Johnston

West Coast Editorial Associates

Port Moody, BC V3H 2X8
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Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • British Columbia Branch (2018, 2019, 2020)


I am an editor, writer, and project manager with 25 years of experience working for educational, legal, healthcare, and Indigenous organizations and publishers. My greatest strengths are organizing information and turning complex ideas into clear, readable copy.

I am skilled in project management; writing and rewriting; and editing books, newsletters, brochures, journals, and websites. Clients include the BCcampus, BC Ministry of Education, BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, Early Childhood Educators of BC, Simon Fraser University, Legal Aid BC, World Health Organization, Nelson Education, Coast Salish Employment and Training Society, Vancouver School Board, and Vancouver Island University. I also taught editing for 13 years at Simon Fraser University's Editing Certificate Program.

With every project, I am flexible, creative, and resourceful.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Layout and design
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Conference materials
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Educational materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Reports, other
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Aboriginal people
  • Business
  • Family
  • Government
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Law
  • Life sciences
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Pedagogy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences