As both a freelance consultant and the creative director of personal pursuits and interests, my diverse works sort 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.
Having 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 varied non-fiction writings, which combine social research with academic, auto/biographic, 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
Vancouver Manuscript Intensive (VMI)
Certificate, Creative Non-fiction
Charlie Demers, Mentor
The Writers' Studio, Continuing Studies
Simon Fraser University (SFU)
PhD, Social & Educational Studies
Comprehensive Exams passed With Distinction
University of British Columbia (UBC)
BA, Conferred With High Distinction
Multi-disciplinary & Cross-cultural Studies
University of Toronto (UofT)
High School Graduation
West Vancouver Senior Secondary School (WVSS)
2010s and forever ...
Freelance Consultant & Creative Director
Freelance Consultant, Artistudio | Artistory Portfolios
Marketing Director, Iredale Group Architecture
Research Consultant, Child & Youth Advocacy Community
TA & Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education, UBC
Research Apprentice & Associate, UBC
Research Assistant, UofT
Fabric Artist & Fashion Designer, Sheila Martineau Designs Ltd.
Textile Design Commissions, Major Entertainment Venues
Leasing & Marketing Shopping Centres, Ira Young & Assoc.
Leasing & Marketing Shopping Centres, Marathon Realty Ltd.
Research Asst., Doherty Roadhouse & McQuaig (brokerage)
Admin. Assistant, ABC Network Television, Los Angeles CA
AWARDS | SCHOLARSHIPS | FELLOWSHIPS
university of toronto1988–93: 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
88–93 Faculty Scholar, Deans List, Arts & Science
university of british columbia1993–99: Graduate & Post-graduate Studies | Academic Awards & Fellowships
98–99 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies
97–98 Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada
96–97 Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada
96–98 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies
95–96 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies
94–95 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies
94–95 R. Howard Webster Foundation, Green College
1994 Gender Equity Award, BC Ministry of Education
93–94 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies