Heather Sommerville – Associate Fellow
For unflagging dedication to STC and as a model leader bringing honour to the profession. For generous contributions of time, expertise, common sense, tact, and good humour to revitalize and grow the Canada West Coast Chapter.
Heather Sommerville gained organizational and communication skills with a master’s in library science at McGill University, then earned a business administration diploma and built a new career in technical communication.
Heather has led documentation teams, managed daunting concurrent projects, and taught technical writing to dozens of new writers. She now works for clients across North America and Europe, relishing the challenge of transforming confusion into clarity on projects that span accounting, solar energy, international trade, and snowshoeing.
As an STC chapter president, Heather increased membership by 38 percent. As programs co-chair, inheriting an empty event schedule, she helped bring in a series of renowned international and local speakers and keep the chapter alive. As volunteer coordinator, she enthusiastically recruits and mentors. As chapter director, competition judge, writer, editor, and role model, she inspires people to achieve excellence. Her calm, tactful leadership, clear thinking, and positive attitude have helped Canada West Coast thrive.