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2007/2008 Programs

June Meeting
STCEO Annual General Meeting (AGM)

We're going to be holding our Annual General Meeting this year somewhere a little different, at the Foolish Chicken restaurant. Dinner (and perhaps a drink) will be provided.

Come on out for a little networking, a summary of the previous chapter year by the outgoing executive, and a discussion of the future of the chapter. As always, it's free for STCEO members with a nominal charge for non-members to cover the cost of the meal.

Hope to see you all there!

When: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

The Foolish Chicken
79 Holland Avenue, Ottawa
(just north of Wellington) Google map OCTranspo Trip Planner


Free for STCEO members, $10 for student non-members, $25 for non-members


Please RSVP before June 22, 2008

Previous Events

Fall Meet and Greet
Cajun food at Cube Gallery

Our 2007/2008 meet and greet event will be held on October 17, 2007, at Cube Gallery and will feature authentic Cajun food and a Hurricane-style punch catered by Big Daddy's Crab Shack and Oyster Bar.

Food will include :

  • Blackened chicken skewers
  • Bourbon Street shrimp
  • Jalapeno corn bread
  • Smoked Andouille sausage with Creole rice
  • Portobello, vegetable, and Brie skewers (our vegetarian option)

Come on out, meet the members of the executive, and mingle with other technical communicators in the area, New Orleans style!

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2007, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cube Gallery, 7 Hamilton Avenue North (just behind the Parkdale Market) map bus

Free for current STCEO members and Algonquin technical writing program students
$10 for all others, payable at the door

All are welcome.


The RSVP form is closed. But never fear, walk-ins are welcome!

About the location

Cube Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that hosts a new group show every few weeks.

The exhibit during our kick-off event will be Green. Green is a "show of work that is a direct confrontation, reaction, or consideration of environmental issues that the world today is confronted with. Climate change, environmental degradation, renewable resources and alternate sources of energy."

Features the following artists: Adrienne Herron, Richard Weintrager and Kim Elmslie; Violeta Borisonik; Patti Normand; Russell Yuristy; Mary Wong; Kathy Haycock; Maurice Haycock; Greg Ludlow; Anna Edels; Larry Williams; Diane White; Andrew Hind.

Check out Cube Gallery's Web site at

December Meeting
Ho ho hold that thought!

The gift giving season is upon us and it's time to brush off your wish list. What resources do you want to receive this year? Or are you in the gifting mood? Need fresh ideas on what to give that special Technical Communicator in your life?

December 5 at the Real Canadian Superstore, we invite you to come to a swap and talk about past, current and future trends in resources.

Bring your favorite--and favorite-to-hate--resources, books, conference notes, and software. Share your wish list with other technical communicators. Got some resources you no longer need? Bring them along for a resource swap!

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2007, 6:30 pm
Where: Upstairs at the Real Canadian Superstore,
190 Richmond Road, Westboro (Richmond Road at Kirkwood) Google map OCTranspo Trip Planner

Free for members, $5 for students, $10 for others


RSVP is closed

February Meeting
Technical communication, indexes and metadata

One aspect of technical communication is creating indexes. From back of book to on-line, learn some of the thought processes that go into indexing and how to identify metadata as part of the indexing process.

Come out for some facts and fun and learn more about how to create an index and identify metadata for web-site indexes.

Our Speakers….

Linda Jenkins, indexer, editor and owner of Red Pen Services. Linda will speak to us on getting started with indexing and some of the thought processes in creating an index. You can see more on Linda through her website at

Fred Brown, website indexer, teacher and owner of Allegro Technical Indexing. Fred will speak to us on metadata and taxonomies. Don't know what taxonomy is? More reason to join us. See you there!

When: Monday, February 25, 2008, mingling from 6:30 pm onward, presentation begins at 7pm
Where: Upstairs at the Real Canadian Superstore,
190 Richmond Road, Westboro (Richmond Road at Kirkwood) Google map OCTranspo Trip Planner

Free for members, $5 for students, $10 for others


RSVP is closed but walk-ins are welcome.

March Meeting
Awards Dinner

You are cordially invited to attend our annual Awards Banquet, to be held March 26 at the Rideau Curling Club.  Join us as we enjoy a complete dinner, showcase the winning entries, congratulate the winners, and award our annual STCEO Scholarship to a Technical Writing student from Algonquin College. 

This year we're pleased to present Kim Dixon, Businesswoman of 2006, as our keynote speaker.  The Awards Banquet is a great opportunity to meet some of the most talented technical communicators in our region.  Admission is free for STCEO members and everyone involved in the competition, including submitters, contributors, and judges. 

Meal selections include herb-encrusted, partially deboned chicken baked to perfection with fresh basil, or fillet of Atlantic salmon, cooked in white wine and garlic butter with a tarragon hollandaise sauce.  Both entrees come with rice pilaf, tossed salad, marinated vegetables, Greek salad, assorted squares and coffee and tea.  There will also be a vegetarian option.  Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at the cash bar downstairs.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mingling and viewing of winning entries from 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 6:45 p.m. followed by speech and award presentations

Where: Rideau Curling Club
715 Cooper Street (at Percy)
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5J5 Google map OCTranspo Trip Planner

Free for 2007/2008 competition judges and entrants as well as STCEO members
$10 for student non-members (please bring your student ID)
$25 for all others, payable at the door

All are welcome.

Note: If you RSVP and are unable to attend, please ensure that you let us know at least 48 hours before the event. If you RSVP and are unable to attend but do not notify us of that in advance, you will be responsible for paying the $25 cost per person.


RSVP is closed.

April Meeting

A well-developed style guide is an essential tool that ensures consistency and a professional look for technical documentation. It also saves time for the writers, translators, editors, designers, and proofreaders.

We all agree that organizational changes, mergers, single sourcing, and authoring tools sometimes dictate the structure, language, and output of technical documentation. But what happens to the corporate style? Why is it important to have a style guide?

Don't miss this event where we bring in a group of technical writers/editors who have years of industry experience creating, reviewing, and using style guides. Their knowledge and expertise will help you with your style guide dilemmas. Please bring your questions, suggestions, and examples to share.

About the panel members:

Penny Lange owns Penny Lange & Associates, a company specializing in creative wordplay (aka marketing communications) and in "translating" techno-babble into English for both private- and public-sector clients in high tech, healthcare, science and defense. Penny has developed, reviewed and reviled style guides for 20 years. She will discuss why you should develop a style guide, how to get management buy-in for it, and how to make sure you don't reinvent the wheel.

Elizabeth Macfie is a freelance editor, proofreader, and indexer. She is past president of the Indexing Society of Canada and past chair of the National Capital Region branch of the Editors' Association of Canada. She will present a checklist for developing a style guide and a client consultation form to use in your needs analysis.

Debby Schryer currently works as a freelance copy editor and proofreader. She has over 20 years' experience in the high tech industry, mostly in telecommunications. She will address some specific content issues for style guides: abbreviations, numerical data and terminology.

When: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 6:30 pm
Where: Upstairs at the Real Canadian Superstore,
190 Richmond Road, Westboro (Richmond Road at Kirkwood) Google map OCTranspo Trip Planner

Free for members, $5 for students, $10 for others


RSVP is closed.


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