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Jahleen Turnbull-Sousa

Toronto, ON
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2017)
  • Conference (2019)


I polish your words while keeping them your own. I am a freelance writer–editor with 10 years’ experience in crafting and polishing medical and healthcare materials, business communications, and web publications.

My specialty is helping medico-legal experts produce assessment reports that are clear, credible, and helpful to the referrer. Over the last decade, I have edited countless medico-legal (medical-legal) reports, independent medical examinations (IMEs), impairment ratings, and medical file reviews in a variety of disciplines, including

  • clinical psychology
  • neuropsychology
  • forensic psychiatry
  • neurology
  • orthopedics
  • podiatry
  • occupational therapy
  • ophthalmology, and
  • chiropractic care.

I also have extensive experience in editing healthcare e-learning content as well as web/SEO editing in the health and wellness, home and garden, and career/human resource fields.

Whatever your writing project, I can help ensure that your writing achieves its purpose, speaks to your audience, and reflects your professional image and credibility.

Contact me to find out how I can help you with your writing project.

“Jahleen has provided intensive copy editing and proofreading services for our medico-legal and clinical reports for several years. Our reports must be of the highest quality if they are to stand up to cross examination in court. Jahleen’s editing ensures that our lengthy reports are complete, consistent, accurate, and suitable for the intended audience of legal, judicial, and clinical readers. Her editing also ensures that the message is precisely what was intended. She is organized, committed, persistent, and professional, and able to work both autonomously and collaboratively. I would recommend Jahleen’s copy editing services to other medico-legal experts preparing reports to assist the court.” - J. Finegan, Ph.D., C. Psych.

“Jahleen has rigorously edited several in-depth articles that I drafted. Her suggestions make me confident that I can publish my work to the world.  Her work goes beyond syntax and vocabulary: she often suggests improvements to the argumentation, the flow of the rationale, the structure of the article, the need for references or links, and more. She truly understands both content and intent. I warmly recommend Jahleen if you need to go beyond English correctness and into sensemaking.” - R. M. Bastien, author of An Executive Guide to the New Age of Corporate IT

“Throughout my 10 years as an Account Manager in the technology industry, I have had many trainings. One training that stands out among the rest is Jahleen's training on effective writing and editing skills. Her training helped me improve the overall quality of my emails and communication. In particular, I found myself conveying my messages with greater clarity while using fewer words.I highly recommend Jahleen's training for all industries but especially for sales representatives who are constantly communicating with C-level executives through email and social media.”  - V. Boateng, “Effective Writing and Editing” attendee






Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Correspondence
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Transcripts and minutes
  • Websites


  • Administration
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Ecology and environment
  • Family
  • Food and drink
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Humanities, general
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Pedagogy
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences
  • Travel and tourism