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National executive council

 

Members of the executive council serve as trustees for the general membership. Collectively, they direct Editors Canada activities and decide how to spend its money. They are all members of the association.

Executive council 2019–20

PRESIDENT

Heather Buzila

Heather Buzila
Editors Edmonton
I began my editing career in 2007 and am a certified copy editor and stylistic editor with Editors Canada. I currently work at Athabasca University in Edmonton, where I edit materials for online courses in humanities and social sciences. I've also edited fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, professional development modules for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and website materials for diverse organizations.

 

VICE-PRESIDENT

Lynne Melcombe

Lynne Melcombe
Editors British Columbia
I've been editing professionally for over 20 years. I have certificates in writing, editing, and publishing through Simon Fraser, and an MFA in Creative Non-fiction Writing through the University of King's College. I work freelance for clients ranging from publishing houses to government departments, at all levels from developmental editing through proofreading. I work on a wide range of mostly nonfiction materials, but occasionally edit fiction for self-publishing authors. I live in Port Moody, BC, with a tiny dog who likes to scare off chipmunks and chickadees when I work in my garden, and I show pictures of my new grandbaby to anyone who doesn't threaten mortal injury if I don't stop.

 

PAST PRESIDENT

Gael Spivak 

Gael Spivak
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
I work in communications for the federal government, where I specialize in plain language writing and editing. Topics I've worked on include food safety and food labelling, biotechnology, zoonoses and road salts.

I like to collect things, including squirrels, tiny books, and articles on the singular they.

@Piglita

 

TREASURER

Michelle Waitzman

Michelle Waitzman
Editors Toronto
I'm a non-fiction writer and editor who worked in TV production and corporate communications before going freelance in 2014. I work with publishers, corporations, associations and content providers on material ranging from law textbooks to Facebook posts. The topics I've written about include outdoor sex, pigeon-guided missiles, cryptography and immigrating to New Zealand. I have two canine assistants who protect me from intruders and squirrels.

 

SECRETARY

Janice Dyer

Janice Dyer
Editors Hamilton-Halton
I am a self-employed certified professional editor with over 20 years of experience in editing, writing and project management. I specialize in educational and health care materials, including textbooks, online courses and teachers' guides. I co-chaired Editors Canada's certification steering committee for five years, was a member of the Editors Toronto executive for two years, and mentor editors as part of the mentoring program. Open and honest communication is the foundation of everything I do, both professionally and personally. To maintain a work–life balance, I spend time with family and friends, read, walk my dog, go to movies and binge-watch Netflix.

 

REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF BRANCHES AND TWIGS (EAST)

Anne Curry

Anne Curry
Editors Nova Scotia
I edit non-fiction, mostly long academic papers or short general-interest texts. I came to editing after a career in education (classroom teaching, administration and teacher education). I usually worked in the area of French-second-language education, and I speak and write that language well. Also, I frequently instructed courses online, so I am looking forward to using Zoom and other means to facilitate communication among branches and twigs in eastern Canada.

 

REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF BRANCHES AND TWIGS (WEST)

Shauna L. Babiuk

Shauna L. Babiuk
Editors Edmonton
I am a course materials editor at Athabasca University and in my spare time, I take on freelance editing. My love of words and language has carried me through an editing career already spanning 30 years. I have more than 1,000 titles under my belt, including language-learning materials, medical textbooks, children's literature, trade books, marketing materials, and many other educational materials supporting students and instructors. My wish is for every child to have a book to call their own and experience the joy that comes from reading.

 

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Virginia St-Denis

Virginia St-Denis
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
I am a 25-year publishing professional with experience writing, editing, photographing, desktop publishing and managing newspapers, magazines, journals, electronic newsletters and websites. Most recently, I've been working as a senior communication specialist and social media specialist, preparing and implementing internal and external communications strategies in support of corporate strategic goals.

 

DIRECTOR OF MEMBER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

Heather Ross

Heather Ross
Editors British Columbia
I’ve been a self-employed editor since I finished the SFU editing certificate in 2013. I work on non-fiction and technical materials, including engineering and scientific documents, Indigenous texts, and sewing and knitting patterns. When I’m not working I enjoy making things and reading mystery novels.

 

DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Berna Ozunal
Editors Toronto
I have 20 years of experience in book publishing, digital prepress, and advertising and design. An Editors Canada–certified structural editor, stylistic editor, and proofreader, I've edited everything from books and billboards to apps and T-shirts. Currently, I work in-house at an integrated marketing communications agency in Toronto for a variety of blue-chip clients, and I freelance for a creative talent agency. I also teach structural and stylistic editing at George Brown College Continuing Education.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS

Anne Brennan

Anne Brennan, CPE
Editors British Columbia
I spent 25 years in house before going freelance in 2008. I edit educational, technical, and corporate materials, ranging from magazines and books to websites and marketing kits. I also have extensive project-management experience.

I served on the certification steering committee for nine years, including seven as co-chair, during which I was instrumental in moving the professional certification exams to an electronic format.

I am happiest when editing manuscripts about sewing or quilting…or, better yet, when I'm actually sewing or quilting. I also play clarinet (A, B flat, C, E flat, and bass) and alto sax in numerous bands, orchestras, chamber groups, and musical theatre productions.

 

DIRECTOR OF TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Greg Ioannou
Editors Toronto
Colborne Communications
I've been a freelancer since 1977, and have taught editing all over the place. I was a founding member of (F)EAC and have had all sorts of positions on the executive, including president three times and treasurer six times (yikes!). In real life I own and run a writing and editing company called Colborne Communications, where my office is populated with moose paraphernalia. I'm also the publisher at Iguana Books. More importantly, I captain a team in a weekly trivia league, and frequent local pubs and stamp auctions.

@GregIoannou

 

DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER RELATIONS

Patricia MacDonald
Editors Nova Scotia
I began my freelance editing career in 2000 and joined Editors Canada shortly after. My focus is on copyediting and proofreading sports books and memoirs, guides for athletes and coaches, and textbooks for physical education and kinesiology students. A member of the Nova Scotia twig, I served on the organizing committee for two national conferences (Halifax 2013 and 2019) as well as for Editing Goes Global (Toronto 2015); I’m excited to be involved with planning the second international conference in Montreal (2020). I chaired the volunteer management committee from September 2013 to September 2015.