A communications professional and educator with experience in private and public sector organizations.
Teaching Assistant, Simon Fraser University; Burnaby, BC – 2011- Present 100 Level courses in the Departments of English, History, and Humanities
Instructor, Global Village English Centres; Vancouver, BC – 2003-2007 Provided teaching services as requested whether as a substitute instructor or as a private tutor. Led a July 2005 TOEIC class of 14 international students.
Tutor, Teachers’ Tutoring Service; Vancouver, BC – 1999-2001 Assisted students from Grade 4 through Grade 11 with English, Social Studies, and Math.
Simon Fraser University; Burnaby, BC – Master of Arts in Graduate Liberal Studies, 2015
Vancouver Community College; Vancouver, BC – TESOL Diploma, 2001
University of Toronto; Toronto, Ontario – Master of Business Administration, 1990
University of British Columbia; Vancouver, BC – Teaching Certificate, 1984
University of British Columbia; Vancouver, BC – Bachelor of Arts, 1983 Double Major: History and Classical Studies
PhD Admission Scholarship, Simon Fraser University – 2016
Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University – 2012
King Edward Campus Bookstore Award, Vancouver Community College – 2001 For achieving the highest overall grade average in the VCC TESOL Diploma Program.
Trustee, West Vancouver Board of Education; West Vancouver, BC – 2011-2014 Elected in the 2011 Municipal Election.
Writer/Researcher, Fireworks Marketing; Vancouver, BC – 2007-2008 Participated in developing concepts for Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Live Sites.
Interim Marketing & Development Manager, Vancouver International Writers Festival; Vancouver, BC – 2000-2001 Developed marketing materials and development packages.
Food Columnist, North Shore Outlook; North Vancouver, BC – 2000-2001 Wrote weekly column on food including restaurant reviews, personal anecdotes and recipes.
VP Sales & Marketing, Cascadia Homes Ltd; Vancouver, BC – 1992-1999 Coordinated sales and marketing for Lower Mainland residential communities. Supervised the production of all marketing materials. Hired, trained, and evaluated each member of the 15-member sales team.
1984-1992 At Rogers Cablesystems Limited in Toronto, gained experience coordinating applications, filings, and letters of intervention to the CRTC as well as writing and editing communications material for internal and external distribution. In addition to the production of marketing and promotional materials at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, also in Toronto, coordinated the organization’s participation in more than 20 trade exhibits and conferences annually. Other positions were held with Addison-Wesley Publishers Ltd. (Toronto), City Studio Inc. (Vancouver), and Expo 86 (Vancouver).
Member, Board of Directors, Vancouver Opera – 2015 (appointed for a three year term)
Member, Committee for the Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy – 2013
Facilitator, École Cedardale Creative Writing Club – 2011-2013
Executive Member, WV District Parents’ Advisory Council – 2006-2011
Executive Member, École Cedardale Parent Advisory Council – 2006-2010
Member, Cultural Facilities Working Group, District of West Vancouver – 2008-2009
Coordinator, Achieving Your Publishing Dreams Workshop, RWAGVC – 2005
Member, Board of Directors and Conference Volunteer, Association of BC TEAL – 2002-2004
Member, Bacchanalia Gala Committee, Vancouver International Wine Fest – 2003 & 2004
Volunteer, Vancouver International Wine Festival – 1999 & 2000
Volunteer, Vancouver International Writers Festival – 1999
SFU 15th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning – 2016
Instructional Skills Workshop – 2012
Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium – 2011
Mapping Your Path Workshop – 2009
Romance Writers of America National Conference – 2006
Part-time Broadcasting Courses, British Columbia Institute of Technology – 2004
Writing and Publishing Program, Simon Fraser University – 1998-1999 (Magazine Writing, Travel Writing, Writing Stories for Children)
National Assoc. of Home Builders Annual Convention, USA – 1993,1994, & 1998
Travel, politics, education, the performing arts (theatre, movies, music, opera, and dance), food, reading, and writing.