History Content Writer – Soul of Canada

Please consider me in your search for a History Content Writer.

I completed my Art Education degree at the University of Alberta. Courses extra to my degree include physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, zoology, biology and mathematics. My higher-level English studies led to an offer to complete an Honors English Degree. During my last two years of study, I also served as a writer/production editor for the Students’ Union, Gateway.

Upon graduating, I joined The University of Calgary as a Communications Officer II. In this position, I worked with university administrators to develop and implement strategic communications plans for students, staff, faculty and the public. As co-editor of the U of C bi-weekly, Gazette, I sought to write engaging, creative copy. My article, New ways to slice the mapping pie and its accompanying commissioned illustration and my profile of new staff member, Beatrice Medicine, are two examples. I also supplied photography, illustration and design skills.

While at the U of C, I completed university courses in Communications Research Methods, Art & Architecture Canada: 1870 – 1960+, and studied Topics in Prairie Canada with Grant MacEwan.

After almost five years with the U of C, I accepted a position as a Journalism Instructor at Grant MacEwan where I taught newswriting, photography, graphic design and mass media. Moving to Vancouver, I became Western Editor for Canadian Forest Industries Magazine, providing stories on harvesting, safety and milling. Settling in Nanaimo I freelanced as a weekly reporter for The Nanaimo Business Examiner writing on business-related issues, including the development of a submersible camera. Working for T-MAR Industries, I launched the company’s newsletter, The T-MAR Times.

A downturn in the industry led to 10 years overseas teaching in Libya, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the UAE and Japan. In that time, I developed lesson materials using language carefully chosen for ESL students that ranged in age from grade-three to adult. Highlights of this period include the co-authoring of a series of mathematics workbooks and a number of video productions: the student-illustrated video of my children’s story, The Apple of Albert’s Eye, in Saudi Arabia; God is Love, in Al Ain with my Emirati students; a documentary, Truck Logging in Africa, in Cameroon; and my video application for the position of Traveling Ambassador for Air Transat, in Dubai.

Returning to Canada in 2012, I completed the first semester in the Hearing Aid Practitioner Program at MacEwan University. At this time, I also launched my WordPress website to highlight my creative abilities in writing, photography, art, music and video production. I use my website and blog  to promote my belief in a more positive world. I have a working knowledge of MS Office, Illustrator and Photoshop and have used a number of video editing programs.

Moving to Prince George, BC, I served as a Community Support Worker and Residential Care Worker. Many of my clients were of First Nations ancestry and I provided them with informal counseling and support; medication administration and recreation and development activities. They, in turn, allowed me to learn about and appreciate their life experience. I’ve seen the “highs and lows” of not only Canada’s Indigenous peoples but its newer arrivals as well. Whatever the ethnicity, some live in splendor and some on the streets.

In 2021, I returned to Edmonton, my birth city. Since then, I have worked as a custodian and, currently, as a second-cook for Horizon North at the MEG Energy site near Conklin, AB. My schedule is two weeks in camp and a week out and I return to site, May 15. In my spare time, continue to make art and write about issues that are important to me. I am a passionate believer in the equality we share with each other and our Creator.

You say you are looking for a talented writer who can self-edit. I believe I am that individual and that the samples provided demonstrate my innate ability to tell a compelling story. I applied for this position when it was advertised in February, 2022 and I apply again because I feel I could be successful in this role. If you would like to explore this further, perhaps I could produce a few articles for you while still employed at the MEG site. If we are both comfortable that this could work on an ongoing basis, I would be willing to give up my position with Horizon North.