I'm a photogapher and clothing designer, with a 45-thousand view blog, Widow's Endorphins. After 32 years caring for chronically and terminally ill loved ones, I have nerves of steel, a sense of humour and perspective. A former Vancouver News Editor, I've returned to the city that is my soul.

Experience

  • Blogger, Photographer, Fashion Designer

    at Widow's Endorphins Photographic Images Incorporated

    January 2015 - at Present

    Ontario

    • Creator of blog with 45-thousand readers in more than 25 countries • Known for engaging writing that resonates with both men and women • Photographs, digitally edits, writes and promotes fresh content • Photographs sold on-line and in Toronto retail shops • Designs clothing and lingerie based on floral and cannabis photographs • Excellent use of social media

  • Editor

    at Widow's Endorphins Photographic Images Incorporated

    January 2015 - at Present

    Ontario

    • Excels in delivering the essence of a message, clearly and concisely • Edits and rewrites reports, bios, covering letters, liner notes • Translates material from French to English • Anglicized publicity material for French recording artist

  • Airbnb Superhost

    at Self

    March 2015 - October 2019

    Ontario

    • Superhost ranking • 120 outstanding written reviews from guests • Excellent guest service • One of six Creative Host honourees at a Toronto International Film Festival Airbnb event • Former Airbnb Lobbyist, assisted in establishing fair bylaws and registry for Toronto Airbnb hosts

  • Caregiver

    at Self

    March 1985 - June 2017

    Ontario

    • More than 30 years, full-time, primary caregiver for chronically and seriously ill family members • Received Toronto’s Caregiver of the Year Award, chosen from Toronto caregivers • Trained and supervised an ongoing team of three personal support workers • Coordinated all house-calls from doctors, nurse practitioners, and nurses; purchased medical eqipment and supplies

  • Event Coordinator Bretton Place Social Club

    at Self

    April 1999 - August 2007

    Ontario

    • Created and managed yearly and monthly community events for over one thousand residents of a popular Toronto complex, including plant sales and barbecues, outdoor jazz concerts, organic farmers’ markets, and flea markets • Created a sense of community, where loneliness, isolation and boredom previously existed • Recruited, trained and motivated thirty volunteers • Contacted media and was interviewed for multi-page story on the Social Club in Canadian Living Magazine

  • Publisher/Co-Author

    at The Gentray Group

    May 1991 - July 1996

    Québec

    • Co-authored and produced The Job Search Success Kit for the 90s, sold nationwide • Team successfully generated revenue in the six figures • Wrote and edited all text in workbook • Created voice-over for the audiotape, assisted with product design, and marketing materials

  • Director

    at Clarity Communications

    May 1986 - November 1988

    British Columbia

    • Performed media and public relations contract work for clients of Hill and Knowlton • Projects ranged from writing news releases, compiling data and reporting on province-wide survey results for a large healthcare union; to assisting with media training of senior executives

  • News Editor/Announcer/Features Producer

    at CKNW-CFMI, CKWX-CZAZ, CHWK

    March 1976 - January 1987

    British Columbia

    • Produced, wrote, edited, and originated, newscasts and stories for major urban and rural markets • Covered Expo ’86 events, including the visit of Prince Charles and Lady Diana • One of the early women newscasters in Canada • Continues to be in daily contact with former co-workers • Excels in simplifying complex issues • Communicates with diverse audiences

Education

  • Diploma of Broadcast Communications, Electronic Journalism

    at British Columbia Institute of Technology

    1974 - 1976 (2 years) British Columbia

Services offered

  • Social Media Coordinator

    Originate, develop content for social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram

  • Photographer

    Fine art floral photography

  • Writer

    Write blog, social media posts, news releases, newsletters, brochures

  • Voice Over Announcer

    Deep, authoritative, pleasant voice for documentary voice over, podcast, or public service announcements

Languages

  • English Native

  • French Conversation

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