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Photo: Lia Crowe (@liacrowe)

I am a Freelance Consultant and the Creative Director of my pursuits, which comprise three portfolios: Client Services, Publications, and Collections. While all three engage my passion for assembling words and pictures and true stories, each portfolio maintains a distinct focus.


My career has spanned corporate, creative, academic, and community sectors. This broad experience forms the foundation for my ongoing work as a non-fiction writer, copy editor, book designer, and social researcher.


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PORTFOLIOS

client services

... involves 'creating content' with my creative and professional clients as we collaborate in bringing their goals and projects to fruition.

client services

publications

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

publications

collections

... encompasses 'collecting data' and recovering artifacts and anecdotes to catalogue my family's history and showcase their accomplishments.

collections

BACKGROUND

In the 1990s I attended university as a mature student and earned a PhD in Social and Educational Studies from UBC (1999). My studies focused on inter-disciplinary sociology, feminist politics and pedagogies, qualitative research methods, and personal narratives, all passionate areas of interest that continue to inform the content and context of my work.

During my post-graduate and post-doctoral years I taught social justice and critical thinking, presented my doctoral research at international conferences, and was an assistant and associate researcher on large-scale studies. I also consulted, designed, and conducted social research in the child and youth advocacy community.

In the 2000s I undertook an independent study of women accomplished in the visual arts—returning to my creative roots and launching my freelance work—while also serving as marketing director for an established group of architects.

Prior to attending university, I owned and operated a fabric art and fashion design studio in the 1980s, with sales across Canada. During that time, I also undertook major textile design commissions for a prototype film and theatre venue at Expo '86 and a dining and entertainment complex in Toronto.

Throughout the 1970s I worked in land development; primarily, leasing and marketing shopping centres in BC. In the 1960s I was an administrative and research assistant for a national brokerage house and before that, fresh out of high school, an executive secretary at a network television station.

Perhaps not resume-worthy, but worthy of mention, during my teenage school years I worked as a babysitter, a summer mothers' helper, and even a matinée movie usherette. And, maybe my best and worst job, I was hired one summer to sit for hours in a hot booth, eating endless bags of free popcorn and selling tickets to a travelling carnival.

education

2015

Creative Non-fiction | Literary Memoir

Betsy Warland, Mentor, Consultant

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive

2014

Certificate, Creative Non-fiction

Charlie Demers, Mentor

The Writers' Studio, Continuing Studies

Simon Fraser University

1999

PhD, Social & Educational Studies

Comprehensive Exams passed With Distinction

Focuses: Qualitative Research & Personal Narrative

University of British Columbia (UBC)

1993

BA, Conferred With High Distinction

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

University of Toronto (UofT)


1963

High School Graduation

West Vancouver Senior Secondary School

experience

2010s and onward ...

  • Creative Director: Client Services, Publications, Collections

  • Freelance Consultant: Writer, Graphic Designer, Social Researcher

2000s

  • Freelance Creative Director, Artistudio | Artistory Portfolios

  • Marketing Director, Iredale Group Architecture

1990s

  • Research Consultant, Child & Youth Advocacy Community

  • Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education, UBC

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

1980s

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

  • Textile Designer, Major Entertainment Venue Commissions

1970s

  • Leasing & Marketing Shopping Centres, Ira Young & Associates

  • Leasing & Marketing Shopping Centres, Marathon Realty Limited


1960s

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

  • Executive Secretary, ABC Network Television, Los Angeles CA

ACADEMIC AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

university of toronto

Undergraduate Studies / Academic 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 / Research Fellowships

9899 UBC Graduate Fellowship, Educational Studies

9798 Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council

9697 Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council

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