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SWCC Board Appoints Interim President

17 Jan 2020 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Terry Lavender has been appointed as the Interim President of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC), effective immediately and concluding at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at this year’s annual conference in Ottawa June 25 and 26.

The SWCC Board of Directors unanimously approved Lavender’s appointment at its meeting on January 15, 2020. He takes on the role of Interim President after Elizabeth Howell resigned as President for personal reasons in early December 2019.

Terry brings with him more than 20 years of communications experience, chiefly in post-secondary education. He has held posts at the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, and Simon Fraser University. He is currently manager of communications in the University of British Columbia’s president’s office, where he juggles social media, speeches, videos, blogs, podcasts, and more.

The SWCC Board extends its thanks to Terry for stepping into the Interim President role. His appointment  will allow for a smooth transition to a new President, with the usual call for nominations and regular election of the board for 2020-2021 at the AGM in Ottawa at the end of June.

If you are an SWCC member and are interested in joining the board of our organization, or would like to put forward an SWCC colleague as a suggestion, please reach out to our Board of Directors through the Contact Us page at


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