Over my experience and tenure with many roles from community director to corporate and NGO, I have had the pleasure of working with dynamic teams developing strategy and different forms of media and presentations to improve the local environment.
My own skills include web-based digital productions from video and audio editing and development to slides and branding. Writing and speaking are my strengths, which I combine with my research skills to produce comprehensive and persuasive communications.
This website is one such example of my ability to conceptualize and use media tools to produce content platforms. I have produced a number of other websites over the years using different types of software from Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and Content Management Systems such as WordPress and Drupal.
I have written for magazines and local newspapers:
May and June 06 York Region
June 06 Woodbridge
What is in a Street Name?
Public Space May06
I have an instinct for getting to know my audience and to drive the point home. Developing the discipline through higher education has also developed a sense of rigour and a level of writing competency that allows me to speak to academics, technicians, and to a broad spectrum of community members.
My passion for writing and influencing progress shows in my work
Presenting is a great skill everyone can have fun in developing whether through a group like Toastmasters or by taking drama classes. I have been fortunate to be trained by Professional Mark Bowden learning non-verbal language and to have attended and graduated from Second City Training Centre.
I have spent a lot of time engaging communities either through education or in activism. To get things done in the public sphere requires getting out there and putting ‘boots on the ground’.
I am pictured with Ellen Schwartzel, Deputy Commissioner of Environment at a High Park Community event discussing the ecology of the park and planning and development in the area. Also in pictures, current Councillor Mary Fragedakis and for Councillor Jane Pitfield. In other pictures, you will see me in a CTV interview and two times with the CBC. I also enjoy mentoring others where possible and thus my involvement with extracurricular activities including:
- Being selected Chair for the Graduate Student Research Conference in 2017 at the University of Toronto
- Part of the Academic Planning Committee in 2017, OISE, University of Toronto
- Selected for the OISE Wellness Committee in 2018, University of Toronto
I also like to be involved with volunteerism and the arts. There is a picture with famed comedian Russell Peters at the Gilda’s Club event.