Born and raised in Eastern Ontario Canada I entered the workforce in the trades at my families businesses and also in retail management. I always had a passion for photography, design, travel and every new technology so I eventually followed my passion for visual design. I graduated after a 3 year course from St Lawrence College, Kingston Ontario. After college I relocated to Ottawa, Canada where I accepted a position as Communications Manager at a Wireless LAN manufacturing company. My position offered a variety of tasks everything from trade show displays to HTML and other programming.
After several years in Ottawa I was looking for a change so using my photography and photoshop skills I posted my resumé on Online Career Centre (now Monster) with my image in a floating animated cube embedded in the resumé page. This creative and programming trick managed to gain me a lot of attention from recruiters and I was offered a position at Amadeus in Miami, Florida developing applications for corporate travel booking.
I learned a great deal at Amadeus working with an international team and was given great opportunity to hone my development skills as well as my photography and presentation/video skills. I remained in South Florida for 9 years working primarily with large travel and service companies.
Due to an illness in my family I returned to Canada and relocated back to Ottawa. I spent the majority of my next years working for the Canadian Real Estate Association as a contractor. I greatly enjoyed living in Ottawa, for a city of it’s size it offered great galleries and outdoor activities but after a few years I wanted to try somewhere else and packed up myself and my dog and headed to Toronto.
I have lived in Toronto for over a decade now and have worked for a variety of employers both as an employee and on a freelance basis. I took a temporary position at Madison Community Services after completing Social Media Marketing courses at George Brown College and wanting to apply my new knowledge to their needs. Madison is a Non-profit that assists people with mental health and addictions issues as well as new Canadians. It was a great pleasure aiding the clients at Madison while at the same time using my tech skill set as well as booking events and helping find corporate donors to sponsor their programming and services.
As my time at Madison was limited I sought out a related organization and was hired as Communications Coordinator at the Ontario Non-profit Housing Association ONPHA. For over 5 years I worked at ONPHA on their websites, videos, presentations, learning platforms and photography. During this time I worked with a great staff and the dedicated membership who work to help the people of Ontario get quality affordable housing. A favourite part of my position was meeting the clients during filming of ONPHA’s annual awards for housing. There was nothing quite like hearing the stories of people that thought they would never have a roof over their head and now telling you how happy they are, often saying they feel part of their own new caring family and then often working themselves to give back and help others.
My years at ONPHA have come to an end due to an organizational restructuring and therefore i’m open to an interesting position at a new organization where diversity and inclusion is prioritized. My ideal setting being with an organization where my skill set can be applied to making a difference as in my previous positions.
I’m also seeking intriguing freelance clients!