I am a freelance writer, editor, photographer, website designer, musician, and activist in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This is my website offering information about specific areas of my work and life, such as writing, websites, photography, music, poetry, and more.
My career as a freelance communications professional spans over two decades with my work appearing regularly in a variety of publications and websites. Currently, I edit an inner city community newspaper and manage a diverse portfolio of clients from the non-profit and small business sectors. In addition to writing and editing services, I provide photography, videography, website design/content, and social media expertise. As well, I produced a community access program for SHAW TV about local activism called From the Ground Up from 2013-2017. In May of 2015 and October of 2016 I received a Spirit McCauley award from McCauley Revitalization for my work as editor of Boyle McCauley News, as well as a number of Revitalization-supported projects such as a series of booklets about the area and the short film McCauley Moments. My most recent short film is McCauley: A Caring Community – Conversations on Social Housing.
I often perform music and speak about activism, social issues, and community/independent media at a variety of rallies and events. I have been a guest speaker at meetings of the West Edmonton Interfaith Coalition on Poverty (WEICOP) and the Edmonton Inner City Health Research and Education Network (EICHREN); a community animator with Action for Healthy Communities; a presenter at the annual conference of Public Interest Alberta (PIA); a speaker at the conference of the Alberta Labour History Institute; and part of a panel of community leaders at an InterVivos event “Citizen Edmonton” concerning community engagement. I have also been invited to be a speaker at numerous United Churches in the Edmonton area, and with various groups and events organized by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.
I am a founder of the Daughters Day initiative, an active member of the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism (ECAWAR), President of Project Ploughshares Edmonton, and a board member with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action.
In 2012, I received the Salvos Prelorentzos Peace Award from Project Ploughshares for my work documenting Edmonton’s peace and activist community through photography and video, as well as getting the community online and connected with social media. In 2014 I received a Daughter of the Year Award from the Daughters Day initiative for being a role model for women in activism. In December of 2016 I was honoured to receive a Human Rights Champion Award from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. In addition, my blog RadicalCitizenMedia.com was short-listed two years in a row for an Edmonton New Media Award in the category of Best in Political or Current Affairs. In 2017 I was voted the second-best activist in Edmonton by the readers of VUE Weekly.
A real life is an active life, one that is full of creativity, passion, and challenges. I sincerely hope you find this site to be informative and inspirational on your own journeys.