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Toronto, May 18, 2017—The Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada) is proud to announce the launch of the John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program. This new national program makes it possible for Editors Canada members and student affiliates across the country to participate in one-on-one mentor-mentee relationships.
Most successful people have been mentored, whether they realize it or not. Mentoring, whether formal or informal, goes beyond what you can learn from courses and books. It is one of the best ways to acquire the confidence, positive attitudes and ethical viewpoints that you need to thrive in your career.
"Editors Canada has been committed to providing service and support for editors at every stage of their careers since the association's founding in 1979," says president Anne Louise Mahoney. "We're thrilled to offer this community of sharing and coaching to help editors enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence."
Mentorship is learner-driven and responsive to the mentee's specific needs and preferences. Mentees and mentors are matched by the program selection committee and agree to connect regularly for at least two months, renewable for up to six months. Editors Canada is also pleased to offer a free two-hour café mentorship session for mentees looking for help addressing a specific issue or to meet a potential mentor before committing.
The late John Eerkes-Medrano won the respect and loyalty of the authors he worked with. He was a two-time recipient of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, and was also a teacher and a mentor. Editors Canada's mentorship program is named in his honour.
For more information, visit the John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program web page.
About Editors Canada
Editors Canada began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors' Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. In 1994, the word "Freelance" was dropped to reflect the association's expanding focus to serve both freelance and in-house editors. As Canada's only national editorial association, it is the hub for 1,300 members and affiliates, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. The association's professional development programs and services include professional certification, an annual conference, seminars, webinars, guidelines for fair pay and working conditions, and networking with other associations. Editors Canada has five regional branches: British Columbia; Saskatchewan; Toronto; Ottawa–Gatineau; and Quebec/Atlantic Canada, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Calgary, Edmonton, Manitoba, Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Hamilton/Halton, Kingston, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
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