FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, May 28, 2018—The Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada) has announced that Tamra Ross of Calgary, Alberta, is the recipient of the 2018 Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.
For more than a decade Ross has contributed her time and skill to Editors Canada. She got her start as the designer of the association's national magazine, Active Voice, and later served as chair of the awards committee, where she helped to establish the Karen Virag Award.
Today, Ross leads Editors Canada's popular webinar program. Since 1979, the association has delivered high-quality, local training for editors at every stage of their careers. In 2016, Ross was part of the team that developed the webinar program, allowing editors to get their professional development online. She now manages the program, which has become one of the largest sources of revenue for the not-for-profit organization.
At times, Ross's dedication to the webinar program has taken her above and beyond the call of duty. "[Tamra] made a lot of personal sacrifices to ensure our webinars were hosted," said her nominators. "Including taking her car out of the shop because she had to rush to make it to a webinar. For a volunteer, this shows true dedication."
Established in 2010, the Editors Canada President's Award for Volunteer Service recognizes outstanding service to the organization by member volunteers. From among the nominations received for the President's Award, one nominee is selected to receive the Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award. Recipients of the 2018 President's Award for Volunteer Service are as follows.
Marsha Fine (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)
Andrea Hatley (Editors Manitoba)
Diana Newton (Editors Québec)
Marie-Christine Payette (Editors Québec)
Jonathan Paterson (Editors Québec)
Suzanne Purkis (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)
Stéphanie Robitaille (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)
Karina Sinclair (Editors Hamilton-Halton)
Kaarina Stiff (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau)
About Editors Canada
Lee d'Anjou is a founding member of the Freelance Editors' Association of Canada and remains a guiding force in the association now known as Editors Canada. She is a champion of professional standards of editing, a pioneer of the association's certification program, and one of the association's most recognized and outstanding volunteers.
Additional information about the President's Award for Volunteer Service and the Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award can be found on the Editors Canada website.
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, and networking with other associations. Editors Canada has five regional branches: British Columbia; Saskatchewan; Toronto; Ottawa–Gatineau; and Quebec, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Barrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Manitoba, Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Hamilton/Halton, Kingston, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
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