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Journalist, web writer, editor and social media strategist with experience working for news, arts and science organizations.

Working for non-profit organization, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) as editor. Also working on a consultancy basis as an editor for non-profit organization, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

CIMMYT and CIFOR are two of 15 CGIAR (formerly known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) research centers focused on reducing poverty, improving food and nutrition security, natural resources and ecosystem services.

Employed by Reuters as an online editor, online producer and communities editor from 2005 to 2013. Between 2000 and 2005, worked at various news publications in Canada, including Maclean’sCanadian BusinessMoneySense magazines and the Edmonton Journal newspaper.

Editing experience includes blogs, stories, opinion pieces, grant proposals and scientific research papers for journals.

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.

Currently a part-time knitting and crochet instructor at Michael’s craft shop in the Toronto stockyards.

Previous professional work in the arts 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 in Toronto and Ontario.

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. In Mexico, studied pastel drawing at Magenta Moon Fine Art Workshop in Huexotla, near Chapingo, and studied water color painting privately in San Nicolas Tlaminca.

Previous creative classes include five years of part-time jewellery making lessons as well as cabinet making and upholstery courses at George Brown College in Toronto.

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