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Valerie Mansour

The Writing

6856 Quinpool Rd.
Halifax, NS B3L 1C4
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


  • President's Award (2013)

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2013)
  • Nova Scotia Twig (2012, 2014)


A woman of many hats (and words)! I have worked in media and communications for over 35 years. I have done all levels of editing, from substantive to proofreading. I have edited books, theses, proposals, brochures, annual reports, teachers’ guides, websites, and news releases.

My pride and joy is Nova Scotia Cookery Then & Now, a collection of archival recipes from the Nova Scotia Archives, matched with chefs for a modern interpretation, published in November 2017. I chose the content, organized the book, wrote the introduction, and edited the recipes.

As a freelancer, I have worked extensively in the film and television industry, writing and researching documentaries on a huge array of topics including food, longevity, social media, counterfeit goods, and body language. I have researched and written magazine articles, news stories, restaurant reviews, book reviews, websites, and radio reports. I have presented workshops on communicating skills, writing basics, and working with the media.

I often work as a writing coach with individuals in government and unions. I write profiles of new arrivals to the province for Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, and I am a director of Open Harbour Refugee Association, a community group that sponsors refugee families to come to Canada.

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Books, general
  • Business materials, general
  • Cookbooks
  • Government materials, general
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Reports, other
  • Websites


  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Food and drink
  • International relations
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Society, general