Integrity Communications

Stand out in the Crowd … Use Words … Tell Stories

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MAGAZINE AND NEWSPAPER WRITER:

Toronto Star (Life, Religion, Homes, Condo Living), Dwell, Cottage Life, Faith Today, Better Builder (green construction), National Post, The Globe, The Walrus, Renovation Contractor, Teach, In Trust, Canada’s History Magazine, University of Western Ontario Gazette, Chatelaine, Modern Woman, Canadian House and Home, Azure, Today’s Parent, Canadian Gardening, Photo Life, Canadian (in-flight magazine), Canadian Living online

BOOKS– WRITER:

Home Staging – dressing your home for resale successpublished by Wiley & Sons, Sept 2007

Home Invasions: raising wise and good kids without losing your mind (for consideration) 

BOOKS — EDITOR:

Beijing Normal University, School of Social Work, assorted brochures and annual reports, 2010-2014

Guide to Seniors’ Housing, published by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Guide to Housing for New Canadians, (writer/editor) pub. by CMHC

PhD theses for: Sorpong Peu (“How the UN Failed Cambodia“)

PhD thesis for Keith Langstaff, S.J. (“Anti-Semitism and Loyola“)

Beyond the Shattered Image, by John Cryssavgis, published by Noble Publishing for the Greek Orthodox Church

Day in the Country, design and research of a set of four seasonal coffee table books

WEB WRITER/EDITOR:

Web Geeks, social media editing and ghost blogging, 2017-present

Ariad Communications Inc, 2009: writing web copy for two insurance companies, including standard and optional vehicle policies, and short web video scripts.

BRAND STRATEGY:

Studio Pinpoint, 2009 on contract basis – research, competitive analysis and strategizing

TELEVISION

WRITER, RESEARCHER, STORY EDITOR, SEGMENT PRODUCER AND ASSOCIATE PRODUCER:

For documentary and lifestyle series programming, my responsibilities have included content development and story producing from the research stage through to episodic line-up; casting guests and scouting locations; writing greens, directors’ scripts, and segment/episodic summaries; overseeing production in the field and on set; overseeing makeovers; arranging contra; co-ordinating production and contra in Morocco, Greece, Italy, France, USA (French fluency)

Canadian Pickers, Research, Summer 2010, History Channel

Mighty Ships, Associate Producer, 2008, Discovery Channel

Mega Disasters, Story Producer, 2008, History Channel

Save me from My Step Kids, R&D, Proper TV for Slice network, 2007

Newlywed, Nearly Dead, R&D, Proper TV, 2007

TV Made me Do It: Story Producer, Proper Television, Slice network, 2007

Groomed, a Cinderella story for Men – Story Producer, 2006, W Network

Smart Woman’s Guide – comedy/reality information series, Sr Researcher, 2005, W Network

Sexual Intelligence – Senior Researcher, 2004, documentary, HBO, Channel 4 (UK), Discovery Canada, dir. Catherine Annau, host Kim Cattrall

Antique Hunter – Story Producer, Writer, Researcher, Seasons I-III, Global

So Chic –Story Producer, Season One, Life Network

Aging Well and Best Places to Live – Senior Researcher, Global documentaries

Party Dish – Associate Producer, Season One, Food Network/Life Network

One Garden, Two Looks – Associate Producer, Season One, HGTV

Designer Guys Writer, Researcher, Seasons 1&2, HGTV

Love By Design – Season One, HGTV

House and Home – Segment Producer, HGTV

This Small Space – Associate Producer, Writer, Researcher, Seasons II-V, HGTV

Design For Living – Segment Producer, Researcher, Story Editor, Season 1-4, HGTV

Harrowsmith – Researcher (Discovery)

STAFF EDITOR:

ONTARIO MINISTRY OF HEALTH  — editor of internal bi-monthly newsletter

PHOTO LIFE MAGAZINE — associate editor, responsible for generating story ideas and assigning, copy-editing, writing display copy and overseeing production.

PERFORMING ARTS MAGAZINE —  associate editor and circulation manager, responsible for copy-editing, story assignment, circulation and subscriptions, wrote the theatre and music columns, as well as several features per issue

CANADA’S FURNITURE MAGAZINE —  editor responsible for all phases of the magazine’s production.

PICKERING’S BAY NEWS — Editor and reporter, responsible also for photography, darkroom work and lay-out, for a weekly community newspaper.

MEMBER:

Editor’s Association of Canada

ProfessionalWriters Association of Canada

EDUCATION:

University of Toronto, (High Distinction) Honours B.A. in English, Drama, and Christianity and Culture. Study Elsewhere Program at Harvard University included writing workshops with the Atlantic Monthly (editors) and the American Repertory Theatre

Ryerson Polytechnical Institute: Magazine Journalism

George Brown College: Photography, French, Copywriting

Royal Conservatory of Music — Grade VIII Piano, Grade IV Theory

WORKSHOPS:

  • Stanford University online writing courses in creative non-fiction, magazine journalism, 2015-2017
  • University of Iowa MOOC, 2016-2018
  • Narrative Non-Fiction conference, Boston University and Poynter Institute, 2012-2018
  • Creative Non-Fiction Writers Conference, Pittsburgh, 2017
  • ScriptLab, Writers’ Intensive, completed the following plays: The Verandah; A Banker’s Bum (part of Equity Showcase Play Reading Series); True Grief; The Mid-Life Wife

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:

  • Unionville Theatre Company, 1988-90: directed plays with youth
  • Children’s Aid Society: developed theatre workshops for kids 8-14 years old, 1988-91
  • Senior Link: Friendly Visiting with Seniors, 1983-88
  • Working Group on Refugee Resettlement: board member 1992-3
  • Refugee Committee Director, Church of the Redeemer, 1989-92
  • Neighbourlink, private tutoring for adult woman doing high school equivalency 1993-96
  • Little Trinity, warden 2013-2019, missions committee member, teacher, choir
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