Magazines week in Toronto, which features the MagNet conference, the Kenneth R. Wilson trade magazine awards and the National Magazine Awards, has been launched with announcement of the names of the Volunteers of the Year from five regional magazine associations and the national volunteer of the year. They will be celebrated at a reception on Thursday, June 9 at MagNet in the Courtyard Marriott Hotel.
- Magazines Canada's Volunteer of the Year: Jessica Ross
Jessica Ross is Executive Editor of Homemakers and Vice President and Treasurer of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. Ross sits on Magazines Canada’s Professional Development committee and the MagNet Curriculum Taskforce. She has also made invaluable contributions to the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s team working on best practices for writers and editors and has been on the board of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors for many years.
- Nominated by the Magazine Association of BC: Clélie Rich
Clélie Rich is senior member of the volunteer collective that runs ROOM magazine. Rich’s contributions to ROOM, Canada's oldest journal of writing and art by, for, and about women, have been critical to its ongoing success. She spent several years with the magazine in the 1990s and returned in 2004 when the collective needed her institutional memory and organizational skills. A past volunteer chair of the Federation of BC Writers, Rich also volunteers much of her time as a working board member of the Western Magazine Awards.
- Nominated by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association: Claire Lacey
Claire Lacey is a poet, blogger and activist. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. Lacey is also the poetry editor for Dandelion magazine. She can be found at poetactics.blogspot.com.
- Nominated by the Manitoba Magazine Publishers' Association: Deborah Morrison
Deborah Morrison is the CEO of Canada’s National History Society, and publisher of Canada’s History and Kayak. She was appointed to the History Society in 2002 and has introduced several program extensions in addition to Kayak: Canada’s History for Kids since her arrival, including last fall’s 100 Photos That Changed Canada, which was Canada’s top-selling history book for 2009. She has been involved with the Manitoba Magazine Publishers' Association since 2004 and currently serves as past-president. She is Chair of Magazines Canada’s Public Affairs Committee.
- Nominated by Magazines Ontario: Eithne McCredie
Eithne McCredie is Vice President of Abacus Circulation, a company that offers hands-on execution of circulation strategies for business media and consumer magazines, including Canadian Art, Maisonneuve, Canadian Running and International Architecture & Design. She is also a long-standing member of Magazines Canada's Circulation Marketing Committee and has presented at the School for Circulation and MagNet, Canada's Magazine Conference.
- Nominated by Magazines du Québec: Catherine Resch
Catherine Resch is Account Director with Transcontinental Media's 360° Solutions. Resch joined Transcontinental Media in 1996 and has been the sales manager for Commerce, A + and Vita magazines. She became involved with the Association québécoise des éditeurs de magazines (AQEM) in 1998, and for six years organized the Magazine Day conference, an annual event that rewards the craftsmen of Quebec magazines. In the past ten years she has made a concentrated effort to increase and find sponsorship for AQEM.
- Nominated by the Atlantic Magazines Association: Sharon Resky
Sharon Resky, senior corporate account executive with Atlantic Business Magazine, served as the 2010-11 chair of the Atlantic Magazines Association. Her term has been dedicated to ensuring all print and electronic magazines in Atlantic Canada—regardless of circulation size—benefit from the professional development that comes with membership in the region’s magazine association. Under her leadership, this year’s annual Mags East conference was the most successful to date, boasting the highest number of participants.