FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, June 23, 2011—Kingston, Ontario-based editor Adrienne Montgomerie has received the 2011 Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award from the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC).
Montgomerie was recognized for her tireless dedication and enthusiasm in launching a new Kingston-based EAC twig. Twigs are new ventures that aim to serve EAC members outside of the association's branch cities. Recognizing that Kingston was just one location in which local colleagues were gathering to host and participate in industry events, Montgomerie was integral in developing the twig, from conception through to recruiting volunteers and organizing regular meetings and guest speakers.
"As the driving force behind the creation of the Kingston twig, Adrienne's willingness to put in hours of volunteer work has transformed the lives of editors in and around Kingston," said EAC President Michelle Boulton. "The Kingston twig is well-organized, full of enthusiasm and serves as an example of how this can be done well."
For Montgomerie, the highlight of starting the twig has been the sense of diversity and community it offers. "[The] people are the fun part," she said. "They are veterans and newbies; experts and generalists; working for themselves and for employers; editing textbooks, websites, novels, annual reports and everything in-between. We laugh at punctuation together, coach each other on client- and author-relations, and learn together."
Montgomerie has also written newsletter articles, edited EAC's recently updated Copy Editing: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards and is heading up the association's website revitalization task force. In addition to all her volunteer work, Montgomerie also obtained the Certified Copy Editor designation while simultaneously working full-time and moving her family—and business—from Parry Sound to Kingston.
Montgomerie's award was announced with EAC's President's Award for Volunteer Service, presented at the association's conference on May 28 in Vancouver.
Established in 2010, EAC's President's Award for Volunteer Service recognizes outstanding service to the organization by member volunteers.
Recipients of the 2011 President's Award for Volunteer Service are:
Theresa Agnew (Edmonton, AB)
Susan Bond Hurka (Saskatoon, SK)
Donna Dawson (Aurora, ON)
Marlene Dong (Vancouver, BC)
Frances Peck (North Vancouver, BC)
Nathalie Vallière (Longueuil, QC)
Ruth Wilson (North Vancouver, BC)
Holly Yoos (Vancouver, BC)
From among the nominations received for the President's Award, one volunteer is selected to receive the Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.
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About the Editors' Association of Canada
Lee d'Anjou is a founding member of the Editors' Association of Canada and remains a guiding force in the association. She is a champion of professional standards of editing, a pioneer of EAC's certification program and one of the association's most recognized and outstanding volunteers.
Additional information about EAC's President's Award for Volunteer Service and the Lee d'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award can be found at www.editors.ca/presidentsaward/index.html.
The Editors' Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors' Association of Canada to promote and maintain the highest standards of editing. EAC is the voice of editors in Canada, with more than 1,600 members, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit, education and publishing sectors. EAC's professional development programs and services include seminars, certification, guidelines for fair pay and working conditions, an annual conference and networking with other associations. EAC has six regional branches: British Columbia, Prairie Provinces, Saskatchewan, Toronto, National Capital Region and Quebec/Atlantic Canada. Please visit www.editors.ca.
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