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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 agency, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) near Mexico City as news editor and media manager.

Previously, from March 2013 to August 2014, worked at non-profit, Indonesia-based intergovernmental 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 for eight years in Toronto and London, UK as an online editor, online producer and communities editor. Also worked at various news publications in Canada, including Maclean’s, Canadian Business, MoneySense and the Edmonton Journal.

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 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.

Previously, employed part-time for six years as a writer and researcher at the art gallery in 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 Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Canadian Science Writers Association, Editors Canada, PEN Canada, Toronto International Film Festival.

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