My story ...

I've been working in media for 20 + years - as a print journalist for the local alternative weekly, chase researcher for the CBC local news, arts reporter for CTV, director on live action, reality, current affairs and documentary TV series and video producer for corporate and government clients.

I'm a Quebec resident, bi-lingual and always game to travel.

My first backpacking adventure was at six years old with my very young mom through Mexico. Oh the stories I could tell...

I'm a fast learner, insatiably curious, adventurous, adaptable and I play well with others. 

I've filmed polar bears on the tundra as part of a crew of two, home reno reality madness with a crew of 30 and fighter jets in the Middle East as the only woman on a crew with ten guys. 

I worked as a waitress in bars and restaurants for nine years. My only crowning achievement from that era is that I once set a table on fire. Yes, by accident. 

I'm a people person, just as comfortable speaking to a crowd of strangers as to a familiar party of two.

I'm an excellent interviewer. No exaggeration.

I once arrived on set and was assigned a pivotal scene directing 30 people with no plan, no props, and five cameras waiting for direction. And we nailed it. As a team.

At a town fair a long time ago, I chased and wrestled a pig to the mud. And won 60 bucks for it. (Hey, the kicks are few and far between in small town Alberta!) * no animals were hurt in this story.  

Education
1998 Concordia University

          BA Major Journalism, Minor Political Science

Accolades

2015   CBC Creative Non Fiction Literary Prize, Long list

2003   Prize of Excellence, Alliance of Children and Television

1997   Cynthia Gunn Scholarship

1997   The Canadian Women's Press Club Scholarship

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