I am a word nerd and grammar geek. Yes, it’s true. Next to reading an exquisitely written book, nothing gives me greater pleasure than editing a document or email. My superpower is spotting a misplaced apostrophe at a single glance.
I have been story-driven for most of my life, and professionally for the past 18+ years. I worked in communications and marketing in the public sector for 11 years. One of the highlights for me during this time included developing a multi-partner, cross-platform storytelling campaign for traffic safety that laid the groundwork for a province-wide effort led by the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA).
Previous to my work in the public sector, I worked as a journalist in the UK and southwestern Ontario for about eight years. I have also freelanced as a writer for Broadview Magazine, Alternatives Journal, Songlines, Geez, Irish Post and Third Way.
My first love is writing and grammar. I have extensive experience in editing, interviewing and research. I am knowledgeable about AODA legislation as it relates to communication and accessibility, and I am well-versed in plain language and Canadian Press (CP) Style. I am a member of Editors Canada.
I am a writer, a kindred spirit, a dreamer and a listener. I travel, mostly in my mind, but Ireland is my second home.
I founded Waterloo Region’s only arts-based storytelling festival, Latitudes Storytelling Festival (2006-2017). This small but mighty event emphasized diversity and connected the community with storytelling performance, storygathering and placemaking initiatives.
In 2014, I travelled to Guyana with a cross-disciplinary team of medical and mental health professionals. Now known as Mental Health Without Borders (formerly Transforming Guyana’s Mental Health), the group worked with Guyana’s Ministry of Health to implement a national mental health strategy. I captured stories of patients, family members and medical staff to use for fundraising and promotional purposes.
I am also an amateur photographer, and I love storytelling in all forms. I enjoy the theatre, hiking, reading, secondhand shopping, exposing my children to new experiences, cooking and listening to music.
Photo credit: Joanne Olson
48 Irvin St.
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