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Shana Johnstone

Uncover Editorial + Design

Vancouver, BC
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Certified Structural Editor
Certified Stylistic Editor


I bring my background in sustainable community planning and urban design and development to assist with your project. I offer writing, editing (structural, stylistic, copy, and proofreading), and document design services.

Recent projects include OCPs, sustainability and energy plans, transportation plans, earthquake risk management communication, stakeholder engagement tools, magazine editing and layout, web writing, and various supporting communications projects. 



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Shana Johnstone is the principal of Uncover Editorial + Design, an editorial studio that works with sustainability-minded organizations to communicate their work in clear, thoughtful language.

Shana has extensive experience communicating concepts of sustainability. Prior to founding Uncover, Shana worked in the fields of sustainable community development and urban planning with the UBC Design Centre for Sustainability (2003-2007) and the non-profit organization Smart Growth BC (2007-2010). Her experience includes writing, editing, and publication design, as well as facilitation, community engagement, and project management.

Shana’s work has always focused on communicating big, complex ideas through accessible language and engaging formats to a range of audiences.

Shana is committed to effective collaboration to develop publications and other communication materials that resonate with readers. She has worked with researchers and academics, community planning and architectural professionals, non-profit organizations, local governments, businesses, and engaged citizens to bring forth the message that meets the need.

Recent clients include:

BC Healthy Communities

British Columbia Institute of Technology

BC Ministry of Agriculture

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

City of Vancouver

District of North Vancouver

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Natural Resources Canada

Orton Family Foundation

Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable

Prince George Regional Adaptation Collaborative

Provincial Health Services Authority (BC)

Real Estate Institute of BC

Town of Markham

Township of Langley

University of British Columbia


BC Society of Landscape Architects

Editors' Association of BC


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Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Layout and design
  • Plain language
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Booklets
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • E-materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Websites


  • Architecture
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Ecology and environment
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Food and drink
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Government, municipal
  • Health care
  • Sciences, general
  • Transportation