Announcing Editors Canada’s newest twig

It’s a done deal: the Newfoundland & Labrador twig and the Nova Scotia twig have officially merged into the Atlantic twig, or Editors Atlantic. We are 64 members strong, representative of Editors Canada members in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

Twenty-one people attended our first joint meeting by Zoom on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

We have three co-chairs: Sandy Newton (Cupids, NL) and Molly Rookwood and Margo Grant (both Halifax, NS). Our new email address is atlantic@editors.ca.

At present, the two former twigs each maintain websites connected to the Editors Canada site. It will take some time to create a new Editors Atlantic website that combines the information of both twigs, so until then we’re retaining our separate websites.

In addition to the NS twig’s Find an Editor page, the link to Newfoundland & Labrador’s Hire an NL Editor page is here.

Zoom eliminates distance, enabling our far-flung members to easily meet, and we will do this for formal meetings such as AGMs. Our smaller sub-groups, such as the Wolfville Editors’ Bunch, will continue to meet on an informal basis, either via Zoom or in person.

We have a new email address!

Hi folks!
We finally got our email sorted out: we’re now (and hopefully forever) atlantic@editors.ca.
Those of you who are registered members of the twig should have received an email with a link for a Doodle poll to choose the time for our next meeting, as we’ve decided (following your input) that holding a social during the national conference is not optimal.
If you did not receive the email but think you should be on our list of registered members, send us an email at atlantic@editors.ca.
We hope to see you all at our twig social, and for those of you attending the conference, we hope you have a great experience!

Twig Talk – May 2021

WHAT’S NEW

First of all, a warm welcome to our newest members, all in Nova Scotia: Karen Crouse in Sydney, Andrew Wetmore in Smiths Cove, and Heather White in Halifax.

BIG NEWS is our merger with the Newfoundland & Labrador twig! We polled our respective memberships and got the thumbs up, and the national executive council voted unanimously to accept our proposal. So, hello and welcome to all the Newfoundland & Labrador members! We’ll now be known as the Atlantic twig or Editors Atlantic. Our email address will change, as will our Facebook and Twitter handles, and we’ll be creating a new web page to incorporate the important info of both twigs, such as the Editors for Hire list and upcoming events. With Zoom as a new fact of life, we’ll be able to easily meet all together formally and to continue to meet informally in our smaller groups. Co-chairs Molly Rookwood, Margo Grant, and Sandy Newton of NL will roll out the changes as smoothly as we possibly can—please have patience!

The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met May 18 via Zoom.

We held a casual noontime social via Zoom on May 8 and are planning another for Saturday, June 12. We’re hoping to see some new faces along with the regulars.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

On Saturday, June 5, we’ll be hosting an online workshop by Virginia McGowan, The Art and Science of Mentoring: A Guide for Editors. Email us at novascotia.twig@editors.ca for the Zoom link.

Upcoming Editors Canada webinars: Editing in Another World, June 23, and Introduction à la révision linguistique à l’aide de Google Documents, June 29.

Registration is still open for the Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, scheduled for the weekend of June 12 & 13. This all-online conference has some terrific offerings—check out the exciting line-up.

Let us know your thoughts and ideas. Shoot us an email at novascotia.twig@editors.ca (for now). Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page (with the new name of Editors Atlantic) for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors, as well as Editors/Réviseurs Canada and Editors Canada Student Affiliates. Keep in the loop on the latest national news by subscribing to The Editors’ Weekly, Editors Canada’s official blog.

The Art and Science of Mentoring: A Guide for Editors

The objective of the workshop is to prepare participants for a healthy, mutually-beneficial mentoring relationship, whether mentor or mentee, that will help them to improve their editing practice. Working in your editing business
usually means taking courses, workshops, or other professional development activities readily available online. Working on your editing business can be more tricky. That’s where a mentor can come in.

This online workshop will be presented by twig member Virginia McGowan, PhD. Located in Charlottetown, Virginia is a writer, editor, researcher, author, trainer, and mentor. She is an engaging professional with a broad range of experience. Check out her impressive CV here.

Editors Canada members are invited to join us Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 am. Email us at novascotia.twig@editors.ca for the Zoom link.

Twig Talk – April 2021

WHAT’S NEW 

  • Update on Editors Canada server issues. As a consequence of this, we’ve set up a new twig email address: editors.maritimes@gmail.com.
  • Registration is open for the Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, scheduled for June 12 & 13. This is Editors Canada’s first all-online conference. Check out the exciting line-up.
  • Editors Canada announced their new Equity Fellowship to be awarded annually to support editors, including those who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour), 2SLGBTQIA+, neurodiverse and disabled.

WE DID IT

  • The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met April 13.
  • On Saturday, April 10, we held our AGM. Minutes of the meeting can be found here.
  • On Saturday, April 24 we hosted a presentation by Kaitlin Littlechild on Indigenous terminology. That Zoom recording is available to members on request by emailing editors.maritimes@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE

  • On Saturday, May 8 we’ll be having an informal editors’ lunch for all members at 12:00 pm via Zoom.
  • The next Wolfville Editors’ Bunch lunch will be on Tuesday, May 18 at 12:00 pm via Zoom.
  • On Saturday, May 29, we’ll be hosting a presentation by Virginia McGowan on mentoring. Details will be available soon.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Hone your skills with Editors Canada’s webinars; there are four new ones coming up in May. Check them out here.

 

LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS. Contributions are welcome. Shoot us an email any time at our new address, editors.maritimes@gmail.com. Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors in the Maritimes, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors, as well as Editors/Réviseurs Canada and Editors Canada Student Affiliates. Keep in the loop on the latest national news by subscribing to The Editors’ Weekly, Editors Canada’s official blog.

Twig AGM 2021 – meeting minutes

These are the minutes of the meeting held Saturday, April 10, 2021:

Nova Scotia Twig Annual General Meeting, Saturday, April 10, 2021

1. Thanks to Becky Skillin for her service as twig co-coordinator for the past term.

2. Call for nominations for new co-coordinators. Molly Rookwood and Margo Grant acclaimed co-coordinators for the next term.

3. Thanks to volunteers for 2020–2021:

Nicola Aquino – Editors’ Vine

Anne Curry – national director of branches and twigs (east)

Shelley Egan – Professional Editorial Standards Twitter account

Fazeela Jiwa – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion task force

Patricia MacDonald – national director of volunteers

Margo Grant, Becky Skillin, Molly Rookwood – twig coordinators

Julie Cochrane, and Anne Curry – WEB lunches

Margaret MacQuarrie and Anne Curry – Dollars and Sense presentation (September 2020)

Alexandra Peace – Indexing presentation (October 2020)

Candida Hadley and Anne Curry – discussion on Indigenous terminology (March 2021)

Kaitlin Littlechild – discussion on Indigenous terminology (April 2021)

4. Welcome and introduce 14 new members who’ve joined over the past year

5. The year in review: our monthly events & presentations, WEB lunches, finances

We’ve successfully adjusted to being completely online. Thank you all for being so accommodating.

Wolfville editors continued their monthly meetings and we continued to meet monthly online as a full twig.

Presentations included

  • Margaret MacQuarrie and Anne Curry – Dollars and Sense (September 2020)
  • Alexandra Peace – Indexing (October 2020)
  • Tax sessions with CRA – November 2020 and January 2021 (we’ll look into setting this up as a yearly session)
  • editing websites for accessibility with Raya Morrison (March 2021)
  • Stet! Drawer’s English game with Molly Rookwood (March 2021)
  • Indigenous terminology with Candida Hadley and Anne Curry (March 2021)

6. Editors Canada had a major server problem on February 27, 2021, that took all association websites and email offline. We lost our contact lists but were able to rebuild them from our membership lists, and there were problems with some folks not receiving email from our twig account. As a workaround, we set up a gmail account for the twig — editors.maritimes@gmail.com. It may not be permanent but we’re using that until further notice from national, and will look into setting up an email account through our website.

Meanwhile, the national websites (English and French) are back online and webmail access has been restored, and the Editors’ Weekly home page is online; however, the links to the individual posts are broken. We still don’t have access to the online Chicago Manual of Style; however, a free trial extension of it is offered to Editors Canada members.

7. We requested name change for twig from Nova Scotia to Maritimes, as we represent members in New Brunswick and PEI, as well as NS. We were told to wait and see whether Newfoundland and Labrador twig will join us, in which case we’d be Editors Atlantic. This has been discussed before. We want to remain a twig, rather than a branch, as twigs are much easier to handle, less complicated than branches, and more effective for members.

8. What’s coming up:

  • WEB lunch, April 14
  • Indigenous terminology with Kaitlin Littlechild, April 24
  • Mentorship with Virginia McGowan, May 29
  • possible summer get-together at Val Mansour’s cottage on Amherst Shore

9. Things people would like to see in the coming year?

  • We can look into doing another tax session toward the end of the year
  • Another session on managing finances
  • Session on how to find work. Greg Iannou had a webinar recently.
  • Session on BIPOC terminology
  • Session on gender identity and related terminology
  • Session on macros and how to use them
    • There are lots of webinars out there, but we can work on having a specific session on macros for our members.
  • There was interest in having a series of workshops/a small local conference like Frances Peck’s grammar boot camp.
    • As one of our members said, “There’s nothing better than getting together in a room and spending a whole day learning about grammar and style!”
  • If any out-of-town editors are heading east, we could see if they have a session or workshop they want to run.

10. Member Concerns

  • Smaller groups (i.e., not larger branches) have missed out by not having the same events to attend in person (like Editors Toronto’s workshop on Editing Memoir). It would be great if, post-pandemic, bigger twigs/branches could continue to make provisions for smaller communities to attend events and professional development activities.
  • There is already a Task Force for Improving Access to Member Services, which continues to address this particular issue.
  • The Editors’ Vine is also useful for that!
    • They are also always looking for presenters.
  • We can set up a Resources page on our website.
  • We’ll do what we can to keep things accessible for events for people who can’t join in person.
  • Continuing to have the AGM online
  • Possibly doing hybrid events with some people joining online
  • Could we link other twigs’ blogs on our website?
  • It would be nice to have a national calendar.
    • We can start posting our events on the calendar on our website home page.
  • A member noted that ACES has a 30% discount on APA7 online. Any chance Editors Canada could investigate this when they have time?

11. NEC motions: Changes mostly involve clarifying language. Items include changing co-coordinators to co-chairs; including student affiliates in the volunteer policy; changes to awards procedure; changes to honorarium requests; changes to expense reimbursements.

12. Finances

  • Nationally, Editors Canada is doing OK
  • They may sublet the national offices and save a good amount of money that way
  • Centralizing the money has helped on paper
  • People have been buying webinars
  • Money no longer goes back to twigs from webinars as in the past
  • Our twig has $9723.15 in our account. A regular expense is $46 for website hosting and domain name with CanSpace.

13. Encourage participation in the national conference, June 12 & 13

14. Call for national volunteers and volunteer for twig co-chair

15. Introductions of two new members present at the Zoom meeting

Links to resources referenced in the meeting:

Conscious Language Toolkit for Editors — Rabbit with a Red Pen

Free downloadable Conscious Language PerfectIt style sheet • Sofia Matias

Branches & Twigs

Editors Toronto Blog: https://editorstorontoblog.com/

Editors Canada Conference 2021 Sessions: https://pheedloop.com/editors21/site/sessions/

 

Twig Talk – March 2021

WHAT’S NEW
• We extend a warm welcome to our newest members, Jennifer MacLeod, in Lunenburg, and Katherine McDougall, in Greenfield, NS.

• On February 27, Editors Canada had a major server problem that took all association websites and email offline, which is why our members haven’t been receiving email from the twig address. Go here for the latest update.

• Registration is open for the Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, scheduled for June 12 & 13. This is Editors Canada’s first all-online conference. Check out the exciting line-up. Follow the Facebook postings for the latest news.

WE DID IT
• The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met March 10 for a nice, chatty online lunch.

• On March 13, members met online for a rousing game of STET! Dreyer’s English, expertly facilitated by soon-to-be co-chair Molly Rookwood. Patricia MacDonald scored 17.5 of 18 points and received Dutch Oven: A Cookbook of Coveted Traditional Recipes from the Kitchens of Lunenburg as a prize.

STET! Dreyer's English

SAVE THE DATE
• On Saturday, March 27, we’ll be hosting an informal discussion of Indigenous-related editing experiences. Bring your questions from this discussion to April’s chat (Saturday, April 24), which will be led by fellow twig member Kaitlin Littlechild.

• Hone your skills with Editors Canada’s webinars; there’s a free one on March 30: Five Steps for Coping with Burnout, presented by Sagan Morrow.

• The twig AGM is scheduled for Saturday, April 10. There are several motions up for discussion, as well as at least one new co-chair to vote in, so we hope to see a screenfull of members Zooming in.

EDITORS’ VINE
The Vine for Thursday, April 8 (8:00 pm) and Saturday, April 10 (2:00 pm) will be a presentation by Sue Archer on career building. Visit the members’ area of the Editors Canada website for the schedule of upcoming meetings. If you would like to be added to the Vine’s participant list to receive login details for meetings, or if you’d just like more information, please email the Vine moderators, Nicola Aquino and Lenore Hietkamp.

 

Let us know your thoughts and ideas. Contributions are welcome. Shoot us an email any time at novascotia.twig@editors.ca. Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors in the Maritimes, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors, as well as Editors/Réviseurs Canada and Editors Canada Student Affiliates. Keep in the loop on the latest national news by subscribing to The Editors’ Weekly, Editors Canada’s official blog.

Twig annual general meeting – Saturday, April 10, 2021

The 2021 AGM of the Nova Scotia twig is scheduled for Saturday, April 10. Up for discussion are several motions to update Editors Canada governance documents. These can be sent to members for preview upon request.

We’ll welcome new members, review the year, and preview what’s on the horizon.

Also on the agenda will be a vote for a new co-chair. Co-chair Becky Skillin will be moving to Jordan in June and Molly Rookwood has agreed to take over the role; however, a formal vote is required and members will receive a ballot prior to the meeting. We’re also looking for a second volunteer to take over for the second co-chair, Margo Grant.

Those wishing to attend the AGM should email the twig for a link to the Zoom meeting.