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Communications

As a communications professional with a background in publishing and media, I’ve worked on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. I’ve served as Editor-in-Chief of Business in Vancouver (BIV) Magazines, covering urban space, real estate, sustainability and more. I’ve also worked as Editor at Raincoast Books, Harry Potter’s Canadian publisher, where I supervised a nonfiction line covering history, environmentalism, natural science, culture and gardening, with books that included B.C. bestseller Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America by Chris Wood and Calgary Herald bestseller How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard. Earlier, I worked in New York at W. W. Norton & Co. and at the Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Today, as an independent professional, I work with a variety of corporate and individual clients on their communications needs: web copy, annual and mid-year reports, sustainability reports, proposals and copy for museum exhibitions and catalogues.

Recently I was on Roundhouse Radio’s “Sense of Place” with Minelle Mahtani, talking about the demolitions of old buildings in our city, about why historic conservation matters so much, and about how the Vancouver Heritage Register is about to change.

Did you miss the radio interview? Now you can hear it on this link!

The interview came out of an article I wrote on this blog about the topic. Please check it out!

Also check out my client the Goodman Report, publisher of Vancouver’s leading rental apartment newsletter, with 50,000 subscribers in email. Under my editorial direction, the Report was acclaimed as the Best Newsletter to Learn About the Apartment Market in the Georgia Straight’s Best of Real Estate 2016: “What makes this newsletter better than others is the extent of information about the overall market, plus the clean, crisp writing.”

These days I’m also involved with the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) as Communications Coordinator, heading up overall communications planning for the nonprofit and serving as its blog editor.

Doubling as Arbutus Greenway Project Lead for the VPSN, I spearhead specific recommendations to the City of Vancouver on its exciting project of transforming the 9-km Arbutus railway corridor into a safe, accessible and sustainable rail-to-trail. I was inspired to get involved with this work when I witnessed the success of my hometown New York City with the High Line, and I got super-excited about devoting my time to a related project here. In February 2017, I participated by invitation at a stakeholders’ workshop led by the City of Vancouver at City Hall, set up to help articulate a vision for the greenway’s design in the years to come. As part of this effort, I’ve created and presented detailed written submissions to the City containing comprehensive reporting and design recommendations. Under my communications-driven leadership, the VPSN’s Arbutus advocacy has resulted in City Council’s adoption of specific design directives consistent with the recommendations we’ve made. For more on my advocacy activities, please check out this page of my site.

I can write and edit flexibly to suit your audience, bringing a variety of style conventions and digital capabilities to fit your needs:

  • Editing styles: Chicago, Canadian Press (CP), APA
  • Software/CMS: WordPress, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, MS Office, G Suite
  • Coding: HTML, CSS

Have a look at the testimonials I’ve received from clients and colleagues.

Please contact me if you’d like to talk about any communications projects. I’d love to hear from you.

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