Writer, editor, communications, outreach and social media strategist with experience working for the Reuters news agency and other international organizations covering a variety of topics.
Currently based in Toronto, working for non-profit, intergovernmental organization, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) near Mexico City as news editor and media manager. Before relocating to Toronto, lived near Mexico City for almost three years, first in the village of La Purificacion, then in Tepetlaoxtoc de Hidalgo.
From March 2013 to August 2014, worked at non-profit, Indonesia-based intergovernmental organization, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) first as a writer and editor for the Forests News blog, then as social media editor.
Until February 2013, employed by Reuters and the former Thomson Reuters Foundation news services AlertNet and TrustLaw for eight years based in Toronto and London, UK as an online editor, online producer and communities editor. Between 2000 and 2005, worked on a contractual basis and as a freelancer at various news publications in Canada, including Maclean’s, Canadian Business, MoneySense magazines and the Edmonton Journal newspaper.
Editing experience includes blogs, stories, opinion pieces, grant proposals as well as research papers for such journals as: Annual Review of Phytopathology; Crop Science; Frontiers in Genetics; Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, Euphytica; Field Crops Research; Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology; Journal of Cereal Science; Journal of Experimental Botany; Nature – Scientific Reports; Plant Disease; Precambrian Research; Food Science and Technology.
Toronto-born, grew up in London, UK and Ottawa. Graduated from Emerson Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. Studied at the former Corcoran School of Art, also in Washington, D.C., then Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. Earned a BA in cinema studies from Innis College in the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Journalism from the Ryerson School of Journalism at Ryerson University, Toronto.
Devoted to the arts and crafts. Currently, a part-time knitting and crochet instructor at Michael’s craft shop in the Toronto stockyards.
Previous professional work includes costume decoration and making jewellery at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, as well as prop work with Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company, the National Ballet of Canada and various smaller companies.
Between 2000 and 2006, employed part-time researching and writing about the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions as publicist for the art gallery and art committee at Hart House, University of Toronto.
Currently enrolled in watercolor painting lessons part-time at the Toronto School of Art after a year of private lessons in Mexico. Also studied pastel drawing in Mexico at Magenta Moon Fine Art Workshop. Creative classes attended in the past include five years of part-time jewellery making lessons as well as cabinet making and upholstery courses at George Brown College in Toronto.
Memberships include Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Canadian Science Writers Association, Eastern Canada Farm Writers Association, Editors Canada, HotDocs, PEN Canada, Toronto International Film Festival.