Indexing Society of Canada announces winner of the Diversity in Canadian Publishing Bursary Award for 2020

August 31, 2020, Toronto: The Indexing Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) is pleased to announce that Sandra Muchekeza is the 2020 ISC/SCI Diversity in Canadian Publishing Bursary Award recipient. The selection committee received ten applications, from which four applicants were shortlisted.

Sandra Muchekeza was born and raised in Kenya before moving to Australia for her Bachelor studies in Psychology. After completing her studies, she joined her family in Toronto, Canada where she started a career in Project Management in the not for profit sector. Over time, Sandra developed a keen interest in Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and works hard to ensure the voices of the marginalized are heard.

Sandra is currently the Executive Director at the Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH) based in Edmonton, Alberta. CCACH supports activities that enhance the social, economic and educational life of African and Caribbean heritage communities in Edmonton. Passionate about the rights of women in every aspect of their lives, Sandra sits on the Board of YWCA Edmonton an organization that fights for the right to equal economic opportunities for women and girls and works towards ending gender-based violence.

Sandra loves the world of books so it is hardly a surprise that she and her sister founded a children’s books publishing company called Asili Kids. The company produces and distributes books which have content and characters that children of African heritage can identify with and introduces children from all over the world to African stories.

Married with two young boys Sandra loves spending quality time with her family, dabbling with photography, trying out new food recipes and of course, reading.

About the award

Since 2014, when the hashtag #weneeddiversebooks appeared, the Canadian publishing industry has slowly been waking up to both the lack of diverse voices and the demand for them. With this bursary, ISC/SCI aims to help achieve equality of opportunity for aspiring indexers belonging to underrepresented and/or marginalized groups. The bursary covers fees for an approved indexing program, two years of ISC membership with listing, and entry into the Mary Newberry Mentorship program.

ANZSI and SI send their latest news

As a member of ISC/SCI, you can read about what our affiliated societies around the world are doing. This month, the U.K.’s Society of Indexers and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers shared their latest newsletters with us.

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Agenda and Reports for the Annual General Meeting

ISC/SCI Members, please log in so you can view the agenda and reports for The Annual General Meeting on June 12.

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You can also find these on the Society Administration page.

If you are planning to attend the June 12th meeting, please remember to RSVP to presidents@indexers.ca if you haven’t already done so. Alternatively, you can request a proxy form from presidents@indexers.ca.

Annual General Meeting

ISC/SCI’s 2020 Annual General Meeting and awards announcements will be held on Friday, June 12, 2020, at noon EDT, online via Zoom.

This is not an election year, but we still need membership approval for our draft budget for 2020–2021 fiscal year. The annual report, including financial statements and the proposed budget will be emailed to members and posted here soon.

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What Our Affiliates Are Up To

As a member of ISC/SCI, you can read about what our affiliated societies around the world are doing. This month, the U.K.’s Society of Indexers and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers shared their latest newsletters with us.

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Basic Cyber-security for Working at Home

If you’re an indexer who works from home—which is all of us these days—maintaining your internet and device security is critical. But keeping up to date on best practices is not so easy.

In just an hour you can fix that by watching this recorded webinar called “Basic Cyber-security for Working at Home”. It was given this week by Jon Lewis at CIRA, the not-for-profit domain registry for “.ca” domains, and webnames.ca, the web hosting service that hosts our website indexers.ca.

Using plain language and only the most basic technical terms, it covers WIFI, your personal devices, passwords, backups, and phishing. Jon says this is an especially vulnerable time for computer users, as criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 crisis. And that’s what makes this presentation so timely.

The presentation is on Youtube. If you want the slides, you can download them from webnames.ca’s blog. Next week they plan to post the Q&As from the webinar on the blog.

This information will be added to the Resources/Working from Home page.

2020 Conference Cancelled

Given the World Health Organization’s announcement of a pandemic, we have determined to move forward with an abundance of caution. ISC/SCI is cancelling this year’s conference.

We have no plans to hold any online presentations, but intend to hold the conference next year in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Planning for next year’s conference—which we hope to be similar to what we had planned for this year—will start again in September, 2020.

If you registered for the conference, your fees will be refunded to you over the next week. If you do not receive a notice about your refund by March 25, please contact treasurer@indexers.ca.

We are sad and disappointed to announce this, but hope that everyone stays safe and well and comes to see us next year in Newfoundland!

Information as a Key to Democracy

Stone figures holding a tablet
Stone figures holding a tablet

Access to government information is one of the key elements of a thriving democracy. And it’s the government’s responsibility to be the stewards of that information.

One aspect of governments’ stewardship is defining the scope of the information. To illustrate, if the scope is everything produced by government, does it include voter cards, power bill inserts, and tourism brochures? This sounds a bit like the indexer’s perennial question, “Is it indexable?”

Another aspect of government’s stewardship is making the information accessible…especially when it comes to those dense reports. Clearly, the solution is indexes. And because governments are always producing reports, the opportunities for indexers who do this kind of work is probably endless.

Thanks to Max McMaster, you can learn all about indexing government reports and the specific skills that are needed when you come to the conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland June 12-13.

Register here on the conference page.

National Indexing Day

Congratulations to the Society of Indexers on organizing their fourth annual National Indexing Day on March 31. They are holding a half-day conference on book indexing that will be of interest to editors and anyone else in the publishing industry.

If you have friends and colleagues near London, England, why not let them know. Here’s a link to the press release.

Newfoundland: What to see, do and read

Newfoundland dog stamp
Newfoundland dog stamp

The conference in Newfoundland is just 15 weeks away. Have you thought about what you’re going to do on your visit?

Our conference planning team member and Newfoundland resident, Trine Schioldan, has put together a few lists to help you make the most of your time there.

About this stamp: Before Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, they printed their own stamps. This one celebrates the Newfoundland working dog and can be purchased from collectors like this one.

What to see and do in St. Johns and beyond has something for everyone—from arts and history to archeology, and wildlife. (Curious about Newfoundland’s historical role in aging port wine? It’s on the list.)

Reading is the next best way to immerse yourself in an area’s history and culture. Newfoundland and Labrador Books: Recommended Reading brings together a collection of historical and modern favourites about Newfoundland and the people who live there.

And finally, don’t forget to check out and bookmark the province’s own tourism website at newfoundlandandlabrador.com. It’s comprehensive and beautiful.