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Volunteer with Editors Toronto

Editors Canada has a strong core of volunteers at both the national and branch levels. Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to build your résumé, network with fellow editors, and develop new skills.

Editors Toronto depends on volunteers, and we have a range of volunteer opportunities for our members. Some, like executive positions, are for fixed terms. Others are of a shorter duration and even ad hoc. We are looking for recruits ranging from writers for BoldFace to greeters for our monthly program meetings. Below are descriptions of the positions for which we regularly need volunteers.

For more details about volunteering with Editors Canada, please see the national volunteer policy.


Call for volunteers

Please take some time to read through our volunteer opportunities. If you’re interested in any of them contact the appropriate chair highlighted below. If you don’t see the volunteer opportunity you’re looking for, contact the Editors Toronto vice-chair to get more information on how you can get involved.


Program meetings

Every fourth Tuesday of the month, we offer an informative and entertaining program on topics that range from editing Giller prize–winning authors to working with graphic novels to editing Indigenous writing. It takes team effort to carry these events out without a hitch, and volunteers ensure that our meetings run smoothly. Monthly program meetings offer several volunteering opportunities: greeter, non-members admissions collector, and room arranger for set-up and teardown.

Welcome fellow members and visitors to the program meetings and direct them inside the venue. A great way to get to know people!

Non-members admissions collector
Collect admissions from non-members, provide receipts to guests, hand out tickets for door prizes, and distribute information about Editors Toronto and Editors Canada events and initiatives.

Room arranger for set-up and teardown
At every program meeting, our room needs to be set up and then rearranged back as a boardroom after the program. This involves setting up chairs before the meeting and stacking them afterwards, folding and removing the tables to clear the space and then putting them back in their original arrangement. A great way to do a little physical work in your busy life of editing.

Contact: Vice-chair, toronto_br_vice-chair{a}


BoldFace: Editors Toronto blog

Copy editor
Build your skills as a copy editor by working with our BoldFace editor-in-chief to polish our monthly submissions. Every copy editor receives written credit on each article they work on.

Article writer
Copy editors are always welcome, but it’s writers who keep the branch blog vibrant and relevant. Tackle a writing assignment or get in touch with the BoldFace editor-in-chief to pitch an article on a relevant and timely topic. Learn more.

Events writer
Give fellow members who couldn’t make it to the meeting insights into the program by writing a recap article for BoldFace.

Contact: Editor-in-chief, torontoblog{a}


The Word On The Street Toronto festival (WOTS)

Volunteer for a shift to help manage our booth at WOTS, which usually takes place the last weekend in September. Engage the public about Editors Toronto, Editors Canada, and the editing profession more generally. A great way to spend a Sunday at Harbourfront with other Editors Toronto members and local writers and book lovers.

Contact: Vice-chair, toronto_br_vice-chair{a}


Editors Toronto executive committee

The Editors Toronto executive committee is elected in May at the branch Annual General Meeting. Nominees for the next executive committee are recruited throughout the year.

Contact: Co-chair, toronto_br_chair{at}

Other opportunities

Occasionally we require additional assistance for special events. This may include greeting and orienting the panellists before program meetings, providing book-sale table assistance, scanning event tickets, and performing microphone duties during Q&As. Our vice-chair sends out a call to members when we need additional volunteers. Get involved with your local branch. We'd love to have you!