Long-time supporter of the BC Historical Federation, and accomplished editor Jean Wilson passed away on February 6, 2022.
“In 1988 Jean joined UBC Press where she began acquiring new titles, many of which won awards. As senior editor and associate director, Jean drew on her exceptional people skills and connections in the scholarly community. She played a key role in rebuilding the Press’s reputation, while earning personal recognition as a scholar of western Canadian history. She will be remembered for building UBC Press’s renowned list in Indigenous studies and establishing the Press’s groundbreaking Sexuality Studies series.
Jean’s contribution to Canadian publishing and cultural life was profound. She was a founding member of the Editors’ Association of Canada, an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, and president of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia. Long a feminist activist, Jean helped launch the Broadside newspaper and the journal Room of One’s Own, and for many years was the review editor for BC Studies and a member of its editorial board.”