“It’s an exciting time to be storytellers — so many ways and platforms to publish uncompromising editorial content.”
— FIPP Congress, October, 2015 (the largest international magazine media event).
I’m a communications professional and published writer who specializes in writing engaging content and clear messaging through print and new media. I have more than 15 years of experience in journalism and communications, and my work has appeared in the Medical Post, Obestrics and Gynaecology Canada, Gastroenterology Canada, Dermatology Times of Canada, Queen’s Alumni Review, Queen’s Gazette, (e)Affect Research Magazine, Chatelaine, Canadian Health, Kingston Life, Great Rated! – Great Place to Work, and Your Workplace magazine, a business magazine devoted to fostering healthy workplaces and progressive businesses in Canada.
As a freelancer I wean out the best of the latest health, nutrition, work and digital trends, with the help of experts including physicians, naturopaths, researchers and business experts. When I’m not working or being a mom, I chisel away slowly at triathlon training, yoga, enjoy photographing rural landscapes and people, going on “Canadiana” road trips, blogging, reading magazines and drinking rooibos tea.
My career began as a medical writer/reporter for the Medical Post, a national newspaper for physicians. I began in the newsroom, working closely with the news and feature editors, while also travelling across Canada and the U.S. to report on medical conferences. I interviewed world-renowned researchers and focused on areas of family medicine, women’s health (obstetrics and gynecology), psychiatry and rural medicine. I occasionally wrote feature articles on organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders Canada). During this time I developed strong working relationships with physicians, specialists and PR agencies, and also received excellent feedback from international hospitals, department heads and medical specialists.
My medical writing experience also includes work as an Assistant Editor at CTC Communications, (publisher of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Canada, Gastroenterology Canada, Urology Times of Canada and Dermatology Times of Canada).
I have worked extensively for Queen’s University, writing for the www.queensu.ca website, Media Centre, the Queen’s Gazette and the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, I worked as an Academic Assistant for the Queen’s University Writing Centre, providing professional writing and editing advice to undergraduate and graduate students, and was an Assistant Instructor for the course Modular Writing 101.
More recently, I worked as an Associate Editor and Social Media Specialist at Your Workplace magazine. I was responsible for all print and online content for the magazine, and interviewed high-profile business experts on topics of progressive work culture in Canada. I was involved in the rebranding of the publication, and collaborated with the department of sales, designers, freelancers and the publisher to redesign a high-quality, Canadian publication for managers and business professionals. I also wrote a blog and weekly E-newsletter, and expanded the social media presence, increasing followers and monthly unique visitors (UVs) by more than 300%. For more information, you can connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter (@worklifewriter).