From the Editors’ Association of Canada
Toronto, July 15, 2014—The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) has announced that Saskatoon-based editor Michelle Boulton is the recipient of the 2014 Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.
Boulton, a founding member of the Saskatoon (now Saskatchewan) branch of EAC, began volunteering shortly after joining the association in 2001. She held many branch executive positions from 2001 to 2008, and served several terms on the national executive council as well, including as EAC president from 2009 to 2011. Boulton also participated in drafting the 2009 edition of EAC’s cornerstone publication, Professional Editorial Standards, and served as editor-in-chief of the association’s national magazine, Active Voice/Voix active.
“I have always believed that you only get out of an organization what you are willing to give,” says Boulton. “I volunteer for EAC because I feel some obligation to contribute to my professional organization, but also because of the tremendous rewards I get from it.”
“It has been a great professional development opportunity—as a freelancer, I have learned a lot from colleagues who have more—or different—experience than I do, and from (EAC’s) national office staff, who have a whole other set of skills and experience. I have made important professional connections, but, more importantly, I have made some amazing friends.”
Boulton has brought an imaginative vision to all her roles within EAC and has worked tirelessly to bring the association to higher and more professional levels. She is also committed to her freelance business, where she leads a team of experienced professionals to offer services from editing to design and layout.
Established in 2010, EAC’s President’s Award for Volunteer Service recognizes outstanding service to the organization by member volunteers. From among the nominations received for the President’s Award, one nominee is selected to receive the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.