Empower your message with clarity. Strengthen your statements with facts. Communicate your values with confidence.
The Professional: What I do and how I do it I am an editor, research consultant, and published author with a well-established talent for organizing ideas and numbers into coherent, reader-friendly narratives that are factually correct and error-free.
I help writers produce inspiring, engaging, and compelling narratives that are an authentic reflection of their unique voices and wisdom, and
I work with social change agents, small business owners, and social entrepreneurs to help them identify their information-gathering (i.e., research) needs and find the information that will (1) empower them to make good decisions and (2) clearly demonstrate their successes.
I help clients empower their message with clarity, strengthen their statements with facts, and communicate their values to the world.
More specifically I draw on a combination of (1) demonstrable skills and knowledge acquired over many years of learning and hands-on work and (2) an innate ability to identify and interpret patterns and themes in order to solve clients' word-crafting woes and information-gathering headaches. I work with clients from a place of empathy, respect and inclusiveness.
My professional experience and credentials include:
more than 20 years of professional research experience that encompasses designing and managing studies for purposes as diverse as contributing to existing knowledge about social issues, collecting information for strategic planning or evaluation activities, and tracking social impact outcomes
eight years of professionally editing everything from memoirs and fiction manuscripts to nonfiction self-help book manuscripts, academic papers, business reports, and blog posts
over 10 years of informal editing experience combined experience editing colleagues' research reports, and more than six years tutoring students in a writing skills program
The Personal: How I recharge and stay sane I'm curious and an eternal student by nature, so there is a bit of overlap between my professional and leisure time activities. I am an avid reader of fiction and nonfiction. I also research and write about the subjects that fascinate me (the creative process and overcoming writer's block) and the issues that I care about deeply (social and economic justice, environmental sustainability, socially responsible business, and connecting with one's inner wisdom to create a more purposeful life) on my blog Sage Wit.
When I'm not writing or working on a project, I spend time with my cat and the people in my life, go out for walks and appreciate the abundance of parks and walking trails in the Vancouver area where I live, cook (I'm especially partial to Indian cuisine and anything that includes chocolate in the list of ingredients), and, when time permits, volunteer my time and skills with organizations and projects that reflect my professional and personal interests. Over the past 10 years, I have volunteered with organizations such as Oxfam Canada, Be the Change Earth Alliance, SPUD Patrol, and LOCO BC (an organization that is crazy about promoting and advocating for locally owned businesses in BC).
I am a member of Editors Canada and I also volunteer with Editors Canada. Ironically, I spend much of my Editors Canada volunteer time managing survey studies (i.e., doing research) for the association. I am also the co-host of a Just Write meet-up group in North Vancouver.
If you are also passionate about creating a positive difference in the world, connect with me on my blog, or contact me if you would like me to help you empower your message with clarity, strengthen your statements with facts, and communicate your values to the world through your writing or research project.