Hi! My name is Debbie Innes. I am a copy editor, proofreader and writer based in Toronto, Ontario, in Canada. I have more than 10 years’ experience working in legal marketing and communication. I have written and edited content bound for both print and digital publication, including annual reports, government reports, magazines, website content, newsletters, and brochures. I’ve worked collaboratively with senior management, communications advisors, French translators, and design teams, to produce clean and error-free content on deadline.
My editorial specialty areas include Ontario’s legal professions (lawyer and paralegal), arts and culture—specifically, film, theatre and dance; Black histories and cultures; transracial adoption; intersectional feminism; LGBTQ2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited+) people and experiences; race, class and gender; and Women’s Studies.
I am a member of the Toronto branch of Editors Canada. I am also a member of two U.S. editors’ groups: ACES: The Society of Editing and Editors of Color, which was created by the Conscious Style Guide. I keep my editorial skills up to date with frequent participation in professional development courses, webcasts and seminars.
I have a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Toronto. While there, I was named a BMO National Scholar, receiving a full four-year scholarship. My BA is in Women’s Studies, Sociology and Cinema Studies.
In the year 2000, I was the recipient of a Harry Jerome Award for Volunteerism presented by the Black Business and Professional Association.