I am trained to write in the Canadian Press style, and my educational background draws on different disciplines. I hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from York University. I also hold two Graduate Certificates: one in Public Administration from Humber College, and the other in Corporate Communications from Sheridan College.
A bilingual communicator, I studied French in high school through the Core French program. I also took French grammar and literature courses at university. I hold two DELF (Diplôme d’Enseignement de Langue Française) diplomas in French, one at the A1 level, and the other at the B2 level.
Along with French courses taken at Alliance Française, I have taken a social media workshop through the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Academy. I am a member of IABC/Toronto, and the Professional Independent Communicators (PIC), a special interest group that functions within IABC/Toronto. From fall 2017 to spring 2018, I served on PIC’s Executive as its Membership Director.
My writing experience is broad, and includes exposure to the non-profit and public sectors. Internships at Visual Arts Mississauga and the Art Gallery of Ontario provided me with opportunities to prepare a social media strategy, creative briefs, marketing copy, media pitches, and intranet stories. My work has appeared in Communicator, IABC/Toronto’s electronic newsletter for members, and in Mississauga arts magazine.
Furthermore, my volunteer roles with IABC/Toronto required that I draft content for internal and external audiences, such as e-mail alerts, social media posts, and speeches/speaking notes. Freelance consulting projects gave me the chance to work in-depth with clients, and concentrate on communications advising/planning.
Creative writing enriches public relations writing, as it challenges you to find new, fresh ways of expressing your message. I have been writing poetry for several years, and joined The Mississauga Writers Group in January 2017. A personal essay of mine appears in the Group’s published anthology titled Canada, Our Home. My poetry appears in the Summer 2017 issue of Write ON!, the Group’s electronic magazine.