To establish collaborative working relationships with exciting and progressive individuals and organizations,
allowing me to utilize my extensive skill set while continuing to grow professionally

• In-depth experience in all phases of marketing campaigns, from initial concept to production and fulfillment
• Exceptional project management skills, organized, and motivated, able to lead team projects or work independently
• Superior problem-solving abilities, analytical and innovative thinker
• Strong written and verbal communication in English, and currently working towards proficiency in French
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, able to relate to others in a warm and professional manner
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively
• Professional graphic designer for print, advertising, publishing, multimedia, display and web
• Expert computer skills, proficient with the latest software, the complete Adobe CS3: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat;
QuarkXPress; Microsoft Office; also experienced in web applications including Director, Premiere, Dreamweaver, Flash and
html scripting, CSS, and Content Management Systems, such as, WordPress

Freelance Marketing & Communications, Toronto, Ontario (2000-present)

Clients include:
Endeavour Marketing
Produce print and online marketing material for a wide variety of not-for-profit arts & cultural organizations, such as,
the Canadian Opera Company, Luminato Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and Canadian Centre for Diversity

Conservation Council of Ontario
Designed a high-impact, visually engaging and accessible info guide, “Community Action for the Environment:
Elegant Solutions for Complex Issues,” complete with worksheets and “to do’s” to spark community activism

Dr. Frank Maidman, Ph.D. (FrankMaidman.com)
Created an online digital archive to preserve and make available for public domain 30 years of research in
Aboriginal child and family welfare, social sciences and community development

Torrent Productions
In partnership with my neighbourhood-based production company, created all promotional materials for the Fringe Festival play,
“Hipcheck - the Musical.” Result: Every performance sold out and play was named “Pick of the Festival”

United Church of Canada (wondercafe.ca)
Involved in the initial development and delivery of a new online networking project spearheaded by a $10 million grant to create an
innovative marketing strategy that would engage people in a online community setting; designed special monthly web features;
performed interim web site administrator duties during launch period

Successfully designed, produced and installed museum display commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the National Ballet in
collaboration with various CBC departments and the ballet

University of Toronto
Responsible for the Art Direction and Design of three different departmental newsletters:
Class Notes - The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Alumni Magazine
Endeavour - Research & Practice at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
The BetterMousetrap - Technology Transfer at the University of Toronto

Art Director/Partner, AgMedia Co-operative Inc., Milton, Ontario (1999, full-time)
• As part of a 6-member worker owned co-operative, created a new monthly agricultural trade magazine, BetterFarming,
from the ground up after the leading ag mag went bankrupt. BetterFarming continues to publish as the largest circulation
agriculture publication in Ontario
• Integral in securing financial backing from various ag groups (ie. Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Pork Board), by preparing
investor reports/packages and conducting presentations to the Boards of Directors
• Responsible for complete magazine design, hiring and overseeing staff and suppliers, and participating in co-op board meetings

Research Assistant, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (September 2010 to present)
Administrator: Dr. Jack Quarter, Social Economy Centre
Part of a two year CURA study, “Social Business and Marginalized Social Groups”
Duties: Conducting interviews, hosting forums and preparing surveys to compile a case study of A-Way Express Courier,
a social enterprise venture founded and run solely by consumer-survivors of the mental health sector

Student Assistant, Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto (September 2010 to present)
Administrator: Dr. David Hulchanski
Duties: As part of a SSHRC outreach grant, following the efforts to disseminate research findings from the report,
“The Three Cities Within Toronto”; preparing and writing a summary for publication to demonstrate the interest and actions
taken as result of report across all sectors

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. Bruce Moore
Duties: Conducted quantitative and qualitative developmental and behavioural research; helped analyze results and design further
studies as part of a long term ongoing developmental study

• Active participant in a variety of community-based organizations, with demonstrated ability to be a team player or take the lead in
developing initiatives, such as fundraising, awareness and event planning; i.e. co-produced a successful local fundraising effort to cover
tuition costs for a talented young dancer from a low-income family to attend the National Ballet School until she was eligible for scholarship;

• Secretary and founding member of the Ashdale Village Residents’ Association, working with local BIA and city councillor to address
neighbourhood safety and other community concerns, hold regular meetings and public events, such as an Earth Day party/reclaiming
public space, and hosted candidates debate during last municipal election;

• Involved with the Riverdale Housing Action Group (RHAG), a local community housing group providing safe, affordable housing for
women and children; I am working with them to help increase communication efforts and community awareness of RHAG and their
programmes, training members in web skills to develop their web site and social media outreach;

• Recently recruited by the Emerging Leaders Network (an offshoot of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance) to develop a working
group exploring successful non-profit mergers aiming to address the growing income polarization within Toronto neighbourhoods;

• Academic liaison with TorontoTheBetter, co-ordinating and presenting monthly documentary film series at U of T;

• Parent-volunteer at a public French-immersion school, aiding children with their reading; also help coordinate an annual read-a-thon
in support of Free the Children;

• During my undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University, developed and implemented a co-operative project with the Carib native council
in Commonwealth of Dominica and CIDA, producing the first-ever census of the territory and establishing an adult education project on the
Carib territory.

Currently pursuing a Masters degree in Adult Education and Community Development at OISE, University of Toronto
B.A. and B.Sc from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

References available upon request.

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