Qualifications and Experience

 

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Career Experience

Relevant Education

Professional Association


I am a Certified Copy Editor, having exceeded 80% on the requisite Editors’ Association of Canada certification exams.

I have worked as a writer, researcher, and editor for more than 30 years. The last 10 have been devoted almost entirely to editing. I enjoy fine-tuning information to concisely fit clients’ needs. My skills in grammar, plain language, and consistency are well suited to assignments requiring high degrees of clarity and readability. The variety of subjects I have handled has given me a wide knowledge of local, national, and world issues. I can work independently or be a steady team member.



Career Experience

House of Commons

As an editor of Hansard and parliamentary committee evidence, I am responsible for clarity, coherency, and good grammar and punctuation, as the spoken word becomes a written record.

The Conference Board of Canada

On contract, I provide ongoing copy editing and proofreading services for the Board’s research reports, briefings, marketing materials, and forecasting documents.

Canadian Nurses Association

As a contractor, I provide regular copy editing and factchecking for Canadian Nurse magazine.

Canadian Institute for Health Information

As a contract copy editor, I help perfect the detailed reports that inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services, and raise awareness among Canadians of the factors that contribute to good health.

Acart Communications

As a writer and/or editor, I have completed projects for Industry Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Environment Canada, and the Canadian International Standards Board.

The Conference Publishers

As an editor, writer, and/or project manager, I ensured consistent high quality in hundreds of reports, edited/coordinated many corporate newsletters, and worked onsite with a range of clients in Ottawa and beyond. Below is a sample of my clients:

  • Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (Gomery Commission)
  • Ontario Power Authority
  • RE/MAX
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
  • Transport Canada
  • Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow)
  • The Transplantation Society
  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Canada Border Services
  • Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • The Stephen Lewis Foundation
  • Canadian Heritage Foundation
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • National Education Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
  • Health Canada — First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
  • Health Canada — International Expert Advisory Group on Risk Modelling
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES)

Ubiquitext Communications

As a writer, I collaborated on projects for National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. As an editor, I fine-tuned the course material for an advanced copy-editing seminar.

The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, Environmental Services Department

As a writer, researcher, and/or editor, I had a role in every piece of consumer information produced by the Solid Waste Division, over a five-year period: brochures, information sheets, press releases, collection calendars.

CBC television

As a researcher and writer, I worked on the documentary sections of the Heart Institute Telethon, over several years.

The Hill Times

I functioned as a staff writer, in a self-directed internship.

Adhawk Communications

As a researcher, I provided material for business-related magazine articles.

Canadian Consumer magazine

As a writer and researcher, I interpreted data and wrote a feature article based on a huge national survey.



Relevant Education

Ongoing professional development:

  • Ryerson University Certificate in Publishing courses: Copy Editing; Editing Government Reports; Production of Books, Journals, and Reports
  • Editors’ Association of Canada professional development seminars: have completed all seminars offered by National Capital Branch
  • Carleton University: Editing and Production, 1984

Bachelor of Arts, English, Carleton University, Ottawa, l970

 

Elementary and secondary education in Québec, Ontario, and England



Professional Association

I am a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC). I have served on the local and national executive bodies and am currently helping with EAC publications.

 

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