Meet the Executive

Editors Toronto’s executive is elected each May or June at the branch AGM, and any Editors Toronto member may apply for a position. Here is the group that will be representing you for 2021–22.

Photo of Raya P. MorrisonCo-chair: Raya Morrison

Raya is an editor and writer, specializing in literary and YA fiction, non-fiction, marketing, and magazines. She is also a tarot reader and the editor-in-chief of the fiercely independent literary journal Blood & Bourbon. She has been volunteering with Editors Canada and Editors Toronto for three and a half years.

Main duties: ensures the branch is running smoothly by improving and establishing processes, supporting other chairs, and presiding at executive and business meetings; acts as the main contact with the national executive council.

Photo of Jona Rhica MejicoCo-chair: Jona Rhica Mejico

Jona is a communications manager at one of Canada’s top banks, where she writes and edits executive and employee communications. She has over 10 years of experience in business communications—for both internal and external audiences—within the financial industry. Jona recently completed the editing certificate at George Brown College. She also edits fiction as an editor-at-large for Blood & Bourbon. In her spare time, Jona tries to keep the postal service in business by writing lots of snail mail and postcards.

Main duties: ensures the branch is running smoothly by improving and establishing processes, supporting other chairs, and presiding at executive and business meetings; acts as the main contact with the national executive council.

Vice-chair: [vacant]

Main duties: assists and, when necessary, acts in place of the co-chairs; manages and recruits local volunteers; and maintains the Slack platform for the executive committee.

Photo of Amanda ClarkeTreasurer: Amanda Clarke

Amanda is a professional developmental and copy editor and arts administrator based in Toronto. She specializes in science fiction and fantasy, as well as editing for non-profit organizations in the arts and culture sector. She holds a BSc from the University of Toronto, an MA from York University, and an editing certificate from George Brown College. In addition to editing, Amanda is also a professional figure skating coach with credentials at the provincial level.

Main duties: sets the budget for each year with input from other chairs, keeps track of the budget and (along with the co-chairs) approves additional expenses/spending, acts as a point of contact for our accountant, pays speakers and seminar hosts/developers, reimburses other chairs for Editors Toronto–related expenses.

ArijaBerzitis_2021Secretary: Arija Berzitis

Arija is a Toronto-based proofreader, copy editor, and academic editor. She has been secretary for the Toronto branch of Editors Canada for the past two years and could continue for another year if needed. She provides freelance copy editing for scientific and humanities journals and is currently completing the Publishing Certificate program at Ryerson University.

Main duties: records and updates the minutes during monthly executive meetings, prepares the template for executive committee members to input their reports, and proofreads chair reports to ensure that they adhere to the Editors Toronto style guide.

Photo of Ann Nam-Tran LeCommunications chair: Ann Nam-Tran Le

Ann is a freelance editor, writer, and graphic designer. In addition to her love for words, she is interested in graphic novels. She is currently completing her publishing certificate at Ryerson University.

Main duties: manages the Editors Toronto webpage and social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Mailchimp), writes and edits monthly newsletters, plans social media campaigns, and responds to or forwards to the appropriate executive all emails sent to the Editors Toronto email.

Photo of Alicja MindaEditor-in-chief, BoldFace: Alicja Minda

Alicja is a journalist and editor who has worked in the media field for more than 10 years, covering business and economy, international news, Canada’s domestic affairs, and immigrant issues. She has a degree in English and she is currently completing her editing certificate at George Brown College. She has been volunteering with Editors Toronto for one and a half years.

Main duties: generates blog post ideas and plans content, reviews submissions for structure and style, coordinates the exec review and copy editing process, publishes blog posts, and maintains the BoldFace website.

Aidan-HarrisPrograms chair: Aidan Harris

Aidan is a fourth-year student studying political science and philosophy at the University of Toronto St. George Campus. His co-curriculars currently include: Varsity Blues athlete for men’s rugby and co-president of Love146’s University of Toronto Chapter. As the co-president of UT146, he helped raise over $4,500 in online event initiatives over the past year. Aidan is a strong and passionate academic who is developing his career in editing and writing. For this reason, he is excited for the opportunity to become more involved in Editors Toronto!

Main duties: develops and plans monthly programs; brainstorms topics and reaches out to potential speakers; secures accommodations/Zoom meeting slots; hosts the event; and writes program promos for email blasts, social media, and the blog.

Jessica De BruynCommunity liaison: Jessica de Bruyn

Jessica is a freelance substantive editor currently specializing in working with new authors. She is an eternal student, having studied theatre, music, and writing for film and television, and is now completing certificates in publishing and creative writing. Jessica is also the co-host of the podcast Pub Hub, which is a behind-the-scenes look into the world of publishing.

Main duties: acts as the point person for member and prospective member questions, welcomes new members and guests at social events and programs, facilitates the Q&A at programs, plans virtual and in-person networking and social events for members and the wider publishing/communications/freelancer community, liaises with other associated groups and organizations.

Photo of Lauren KleinSeminars chair: Lauren Klein

Lauren is a freelance writer and editor. She does copy and line editing and enjoys the  challenges every new project brings. This coming year, she will continue to take editing courses at Ryerson University. This will be her second year volunteering with Editors Toronto.

Main duties: coordinates the seminars program, including current seminars as well as future seminar development; writes promotional materials for social media, email, and BoldFace; communicates with instructors and clients; ensures that seminar fees are collected from clients.

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