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Marion Kennedy

1709–415 Greenview Ave.
Ottawa, ON K2B 8G5
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Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Annual General Meeting (2012)
  • Conference (2012)
  • National Capital Region Branch (2012, 2013, 2015)


Do you need someone objective to look at what you have written? Working in partnership with you, I can ensure that your written communication is clear, concise, correct and consistent.

I have edited reports, executive summaries, policies, procedures, guides, action plans, tools, research papers, journal articles, Web content, resumés and manuscripts for several sectors — federal government, non-profit, business, science, health care, HR (human resources) and self-publishing.

Feedback on my editing work has been positive:

 "You have provided an eagle eye, pertinent and detailed queries, and good editorial instinct re subtleties of meaning."

 "Thanks for the careful work."

 "It has been great working with you."

 "Thanks for your excellent analysis. You have taught me a lot about editing and the need to be clear and certain in what one is saying."

I have completed Ryerson University's course in copy editing for books, journals and reports (with a grade of 84 percent). I have also attended many Editors Canada professional development seminars: proofreading, plain language, editing for the Web, scholarly editing, eight-step editing, grammar, punctuation, editing federal government reports and substantive editing. Back at the beginning, my Grade 8 grammar teacher and my Bachelor of Arts in English from Queen's University gave me a solid foundation for editing.

My pre-editing work experience includes teaching at the elementary school level and both front-line work and program management in social services (developmental disabilities). Clear language has always been a necessity in my world.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Plain language
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Books, self-published
  • Government materials, general
  • Guidebooks
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Periodicals, general
  • Policies and procedures
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs


  • Canada
  • Ecology and environment
  • Government, federal
  • Health care
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Sciences, general