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John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program

To apply

If you are an Editors Canada member, to apply to be a mentee, a mentor, or both, visit the John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program page in the Members' Area.

We are proud to announce the launch of the John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program. This national program offers editors across the country the opportunity to participate in one-on-one mentor-mentee relationships, and is available exclusively to Editors Canada members and student affiliates.

What is mentorship?

Mentorship is a method of offering professional development opportunities in a "community of sharing." Mentors help other members of their profession to enhance their knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in a flexible, responsive and transformational environment. Coaching and confidence-building are important features of mentorship.

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. This interactive relationship often benefits the mentor as much as the mentee.

How does the John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program work?

  • Mentor-mentee relationship can take place either face to face or at a distance
  • Two-month duration, with the possibility of extension to a maximum of six months
  • Meeting schedule and number of hours agreed by mentor and mentee; typically, 10 to 20 hours over the two months
  • Learner-driven and responsive to the mentees' specific needs and preferences
  • An Editors Canada selection committee matches mentors with mentees
  • Free, optional two-hour café mentorship (one or two meetings either face to face or at a distance) for advice on limited issues or as a "first date" before establishing a mentoring relationship

Examples of mentorship topics:

  • Approaches to editing problems
  • Career and business/freelance issues
  • Juggling personal and professional responsibilities
  • Dealing with co-workers and clients
  • Discussion of particular editing issues/skills

Benefits of being a mentor

Personal and professional development

  • Gives them an opportunity to reflect on their own goals and practices
  • Extends their knowledge and expertise
  • Develops their personal leadership, communication, and coaching styles
  • Exposes them to new perspectives, ideas, and approaches
  • Expands their professional network

Professional recognition

  • Brings them recognition as a leader and as an expert in editorial skills and subject matter
  • Enhances their professional development record

Personal satisfaction

  • Enhances their self-worth through the sharing of knowledge
  • Brings a sense of fulfilment from giving back to the association and the editing community

Benefits of being a mentee

Personal and professional development

  • Helps them acquire new editing knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values
  • Exposes them to new ideas and ways of thinking
  • Develops communication, study, and personal skills
  • Empowers them through coaching and encouragement to deal with editorial and work issues
  • Provides an opportunity to clarify their thoughts and get feedback
  • Helps them develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses
  • Increases their confidence through a stable source of advice, support, and encouragement
  • Instils a commitment to a professional relationship

Career growth

  • Provides an important networking contact
  • Provides them with guidance on professional development and career issues

How much does the John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program cost?

Mentees pay a fee of $250 for a two-month mentorship. This fee covers the cost of administering the program and a modest honorarium for the mentor.


Mentors are editors who want to share their knowledge and experience and give back to their community. In other words, any member of Editors Canada who has expertise in a particular aspect of editing can be a mentor.


  • Are members of Editors Canada
  • Have a minimum level of editing experience (either six months working for employers or equivalent freelance assignments, some of which can be as a volunteer)
  • Can demonstrate to the selection committee that they are committed to the process and sincerely interested in completing a mentorship

My first mentorship term was a wonderful experience! My mentor was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and inspiring. She tailored our conversations to my needs and was very generous when answering questions and recommending resources. Working with her over these last two months has given me many different perspectives on my editing career. Thank you so much to Editors Canada for making this possible. 
- Sarah Jefferies, PhD

What a great opportunity to learn collegially and to benefit from the experience of a senior editor: we're lucky to have a program like this. Thanks so much for this opportunity!
- Claire Wilkshire