When I was starting out as an editor in the mid-1990s, I clearly remember attending a session with the late Claudette Upton, a founder of West Coast Editorial Associates and a very generous mentor.
Our warm congratulations go to Legal Aid BC on their recent receipt of a Communicator Award of Excellence for the booklet Keeping Aboriginal Kids Safe: Your Family’s Rights, published in 2019.
Judged and curated by the New York–based Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, the Communicator Awards honour creative excellence among marketing and communications professionals.
WCEA partner Barbara Johnston wrote the text for the heavily illustrated publication and enjoyed working with Indigenous family lawyer Katrina Harry, who ensured legal accuracy.
With Barbara and Katrina handling the text and Legal Aid BC taking care of the design and production, the booklet’s plain language and visual appeal not only caught the attention of the award judges, but more importantly serve the audience.
“Indigenous children are grossly over-represented in the child welfare system in BC and across Canada—one of the lasting legacies of colonialism and residential schools,” Barbara says. “Legal Aid BC is working to support Indigenous families embroiled in child protection issues so that parents are aware of their rights and understand the overwhelming legal process. This booklet is a part of that work.” Barbara is proud to have played a role in producing this important publication.