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Virginia St-Denis

Virginia St-Denis Publishing and Communications Services

Ottawa, ON K4A 3G4

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • National Executive Council (2018, 2019)
  • Ottawa-Gatineau Branch (2017, 2018, 2019)


If you need something published online or in print, I can help. I provide quality writing, editing, document formatting, and website and social media services.

I am a publishing professional with more than 25 years of experience in writing, editing, desktop publishing, proofreading, and managing online and print publications. I help organizations gather and package together information, so it is useful and engaging.

As the managing editor at the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Nurses Association, I worked with subject-matter experts to ensure their stories and knowledge were shared clearly and concisely. As a communications specialist/officer at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Association, I wrote and edited communications products for online and print. Each of these organizations benefited from my keen eye for details and negotiating skills to address questions readers might have when reading materials before they were published.

Across these non-profit organizations, I worked with various writing style and corporate branding guidelines to ensure consistent and appropriate terminology were used, and documents had a standard look and feel. While most of their writing guidelines were based on well-known sources (such as The Canadian Press Stylebook or the AMA Manual of Style), they had some variations to better meet the needs of their target audiences. I referred to the corporate branding guidelines of each of these organizations while proofreading documents as part of the final quality assurance checks.

Having started my own business providing publishing and communications services, I have copy edited and proofread medical exams and supporting documents, research papers, government reports and business documents. As a communications professional, I specialize in web and social media marketing and communications. All of my writing and editing keeps the target audience and platform top of mind.

Life-long learning

As well as my three-year Journalism Diploma and five-course Social Media Certificate, I have taken several Editors Canada seminars, webinars and conference sessions to refine my editing skills. My focus has been on plain language and improving my efficiency with Microsoft Word, including using macros. I’m a member of many social media groups for editors. These not only provide great networking opportunities and professional support, but these also provide platforms to learn from others and to share my knowledge and experience with them.

My superior organizational and time-management skills allow me to complete overlapping, complex projects on schedule and on budget while remaining calm and diplomatic under the pressure of multiple high priorities and tight deadlines.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Layout and design
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • E-materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Policies and procedures
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Style guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Websites


  • Canada
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Medicine
  • Psychology and mental health