Celebrating the 2019 recipients of PLAIN’s awards

We are thrilled to highlight outstanding work in the field of plain language. At the 2019 PLAIN conference, we honored two plain language experts and an institution for their achievements.

The 2019 Christine Mowat Plain Language Achievement Award was presented to Dr Neil James, a researcher, trainer, editor, author, and overall leader in the plain language movement. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Plain English Foundation, an organization that has shaped communication culture in some of Australia’s biggest and most important sectors.

His work extends beyond his home country of Australia; as one of the former presidents of PLAIN, he helped define and strengthen the organization and plain language work as a profession. In addition to his work in organizations, he has developed workshops, edited significant communication templates, and served as a conference speaker, media commentator, and expert witness on plain language. His tireless work has helped expand the field of plain language on a national and international scale.

Neil James and Margrethe Kvarenes
Neil James and Margrethe Kvarenes, president of PLAIN in Oslo, 2019

The 2019 Cheryl Stephens Innovation Award was presented to Kathrine McManus and Simon Fraser University Continuing Education for the development, design, and implementation of the Plain Language Certificate Program in the Continuing Education department of Simon Fraser University.

Kathrine McManus’ leadership and expertise in developing the certificate program is a significant contribution to the field of plain language. The Plain Language Certificate Program is recognized for its achievement in using technology for online learning, advocacy and network-building, as well as using the latest developments from experienced plain language practitioners. Thanks to Katherine’s diligence and commitment, the plain language field has a university-based professional training program.

Kathrine McManus with the Cheryl Stephens Award
Kathrine McManus with the Cheryl Stephens Award

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We look forward to celebrating exceptional work in the field of plain language at our next conference in 2021!

Julia Denholm, dean of Simon Fraser University with Melissa Kargiannakis, sponsor of the award and Cheryl Stephens
Julia Denholm, dean of Simon Fraser University with Melissa Kargiannakis, sponsor of the award and Cheryl Stephens