I am a seasoned professional who helps clients create compelling content about complex subject matter. The route I took to become a communications professional was unique. It included an extended detour to the world of science and research. I gained a deep understanding of science and medicine that helps me easily understand and effectively communicate information about my clients’ products and services.
My academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph. While completing my graduate science degree, I realized that although I was passionate about science and learning, I wasn’t interested in performing my own laboratory research. What I really enjoyed and excelled at was synthesizing what I had learned and communicating it to others. After graduation, I took my science education to a job as a research communications writer at the University of Guelph and then pursued a Master of Arts in Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. At Western, I received a scholarship for nutrition communication and an award of excellence for writing. I also learned that I have a gift for storytelling and a natural ability to form compelling narrative in my writing, even when approaching a new or complex topic.
I first put my journalism skills to work as an online health editor at www.canoe.ca, a reporter for the Toronto Sun, and a communications officer for the Ontario Veterinary College. As a freelancer, I work both independently and collaboratively as a member of large editorial teams. My work has appeared in national newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and the National Post; consumer and trade magazines; research and marketing materials for large health-care and educational organizations; and web and social media content for innovative businesses. I have also developed educational resources for leading North American publishers.
I am based in Ontario, Canada but work with clients across North America. When I’m not working with words, I enjoy hiking with my family in the forests near my Toronto-area community.