Photo: Lia Crowe (@liacrowe)

As both a freelance consultant and the 'creative director' of my personal pursuits, I've sorted my works into three portfolios: Projects, Writings, and Archives. While all three engage my passion for assembling words and pictures and true stories, each portfolio maintains a distinct focus.

I've enjoyed an eclectic career across corporate, creative, academic, and community sectors. This range of experience forms the foundation for my ongoing work as writer, book designer, copy editor, and social researcher.

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The Projects Portfolio involves 'creating content' with my creative and professional clients as we collaborate in bringing their visual and textual projects to fruition.


The Writings Portfolio embraces 'cultivating story' in my non-fiction writing projects, which combine social research with academic, creative, and literary genres.


The Archives Portfolio encompasses 'collecting data' and recovering artifacts and anecdotes to catalogue my family members' histories and accomplishments.




Creative Non-fiction | Literary Memoir

Betsy Warland, Mentor, Consultant

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive


Certificate, Creative Non-fiction

Charlie Demers, Mentor

The Writers' Studio, Continuing Studies

Simon Fraser University


PhD, Social & Educational Studies

Comprehensive Exams passed With Distinction

Focuses: Qualitative Research & Personal Narrative

University of British Columbia (UBC)


BA, Conferred With High Distinction

Double-specialist in Multi-disciplinary & Cross-cultural Studies

University of Toronto (UofT)


High School Graduation

West Vancouver Senior Secondary School


2010s and forever ...

  • Creative Director: Projects, Writings, & Archives Portfolios

  • Freelance Consultant: Book Designer, Content Creator, Copy Editor


  • Freelance Creative Director, Artistudio | Artistory Portfolios

  • Marketing Director, Iredale Group Architecture


  • Research Consultant, Child & Youth Advocacy Community

  • Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education, UBC

  • Research Apprentice, Assistant, & Associate, UofT & UBC


  • Fabric Artist & Fashion Designer, Sheila Martineau Designs Ltd.

  • Textile Designer, Major Entertainment Venue Commissions


  • Leasing & Marketing BC Shopping Centres, Ira Young & Associates

  • Leasing & Marketing BC Shopping Centres, Marathon Realty Ltd.


  • Research Assistant, Doherty, Roadhouse, & McQuaig (Brokerage)

  • Admin. Assistant, ABC Network Television, Los Angeles CA


university of toronto

Undergraduate Studies | Academic Awards & Scholarships

1993 Governor General’s Academic Medals Program

1993 Jacob & Jennie Rosenberg Award, Sociology

1993 Gabe & Pearl Blackman Award, Sociology

1992 McNab Scholarship, Department of Sociology

1992 Women’s Studies Scholarship, City of Toronto

1992 Academic Award, Woodsworth College

1991 J.W. Billes Academic Scholarship, Woodsworth

1991 Outstanding Academic Achievement, APUS

8993 Faculty Scholar, Deans List, Arts & Science

university of british columbia

Graduate & Post-graduate Studies | Academic Awards & Fellowships

9899 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies

9798 Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada

9697 Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada

9698 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies

9596 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies

9495 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies

9495 R. Howard Webster Foundation, Green College

1994 Gender Equity Award, BC Ministry of Education

9394 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies