Certification Program Writer – APS

Please consider me in your search for a Certification Program Writer. I believe my editorial experience, combined with my years spent developing educational instruction and assessment materials, makes me an ideal candidate for this position.

After completing my Education degree at the U of A (with a major in art) and serving as a writer/production editor for the Students’ Union Gateway, I joined The University of Calgary as a Communications Officer II. In this position, I worked with university administrators to implement communications plans for students, staff and the public. I also served as co-editor of the bi-weekly Gazette. In this role, I was often called upon to research and write copy that delivered technical information to a more general audience. My article on digital mapping is an example. Profiling new staff members was also a responsibility, as my article on Beatrice Medicine illustrates. I was also called upon to provide photography, illustration and design skills.

After almost five years with the U of C, I accepted a position as a Journalism Instructor at the then Grant MacEwan Community College. Preferring to “do rather than to teach,” I joined Southam Business Communications in Vancouver as Western Editor for Canadian Forest Industries Magazine, providing copy on all aspects of the business including harvesting, safety and milling. I then settled with my family in Nanaimo where I worked as a weekly and daily reporter for The Nanaimo Business Examiner and Nanaimo Daily Free Press.

I then joined forest equipment manufacturer T-MAR Industries in Campbell River as the company’s Marketing Manager. Part of my duties included conducting customer surveys; producing advertising copy, brochures and videos; and launching the company’s newsletter, The T-MAR Times.

A downturn in the industry led 10 years overseas teaching in Libya, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the UAE and Japan. In that time, I developed curricula, lesson materials and assessments for the Irish Leaving Certificate, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate PYP, MYP and Diploma Programmes. I joined the then Abu Dhabi Vocational and Educational Training Institute in Al Ain, UAE as a Mathematics Instructor and Curriculum Developer. I completed my overseas employment teaching mathematics in Japan.

Returning to Canada in 2012, I relocated to Prince George, BC and served in a variety of positions including a Community Care Aide and Licensed Property Manager. At this time, I launched my WordPress website to highlight my creative abilities in writing, photography, art, music and video production. I invite you to explore the links to each of these areas of my artistic expression. I have a working knowledge of MS Office, Illustrator, Photoshop and Movie Studio.

I moved to Edmonton, the city of my birth, in April, 2021.

I believe I have and can demonstrate the Systems Thinking, Creative Problem Solving and Agility you require, along with the ability to Develop Networks, to be successful in this position. I’m a creative thinker and visualizer with a gift for turning old ideas into fresh expressions of what was meant before they became clichés. This has allowed me, with confidence, to add creative to the name of my website and to make thinking “outside the circle” an ongoing part of what I do and have to offer. Let me suggest, then, that we meet to discuss the contribution I could make to your organization in this role.

(As an aside, as someone who had the privilege of being taught by Grant MacEwan (while working at the U of C), working at Grant MacEwan Community College and studying at MacEwan University, I would advise that you have misspelled the name of the university on your drop-down menu on your application portal.)