I’m happy to see you!

Hey there!

Thanks for taking the time to drop by, beautiful stranger. I’m glad you did, it gives me a chance to tell you a little about myself and what I’m doing.That’s me to the right, a photograph taken by my hugely talented friend, photographer and painter Laura Findlay.

I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario – and moved to Montreal when I was 19, takeing a crazy array of jobs to support myself while studying.

Over the years I’ve been everything from a watch-repairer to baker, kink-friendly office help to coffee-making-wage-slave, tutor to housecleaner, server to blogger, phone salesperson to copyeditor

I suppose it goes without saying that until fairly recently, I’ve been better at acquiring jobs than keeping them! It’s been the last fewyears how ever, that have beent he most fun and satisfying.

This is me and my then-fiancee. Photograph also by Laura Findlay

I fell in with Danny Iny at Firepole Marketing a little over two years ago, and have been working with him ever since. I found, in small business marketing, the balance between business and creativity that had eluded me through years of alternating business and liberal arts education. I did finally get some credentials last year when I completed a multi-media techniques program at Lasalle college.

A few years ago I also met my delightful husband. We got married in June of this year in a tremendously kooky ceremony and reception involving gorillas, mermaids strongmen, a one-legged piano player and potluck dinner. We now live quite happily above a highway in NDG with our cats Snoot and Supperchunks.

I’m a proud feminist, crafter, cook and strategic thinker. I love open debate about politics and social issues. I love to work hard, and to work with people with huge ideas and ambitions.

I think that there is so much happening in the world right now, both for good and ill, and being a part of it, maybe even influencing hearts and minds a little on the way is my dearest hope.

At the end of the day, if I can be, like Home Wells, of use, then I’ll think I’ve done a good job.

And now, because it’s the internet, here is a picture of cats:

Supperchunks and Snoot

I’m very lucky to have a lot of really interesting stuff on the go.

At the moment, I’m a Generally Useful Person at Firepole Marketing and I help teach marketing to small business owners and entrepreneurs with Danny Iny. This means I do some video, audio, research, editing and writing, and whatever else needs doing. Firepole Marketing is a fantastic company, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Here’s what we say about it:

“If you want to grow your business and make more money, then there are some things that you need to understand:

  • Who your customer really is…
  • …why your stuff is really valuable to them
  • …and how to communicate that value in a way that makes them want to buy from you.

There’s a word for all that, and that word is MARKETING!”


Every now and then I get to contribute to Forget The Box, an open media collective in Montreal. In their own words:

“Forget The Box is an independent media collective that strives to provide a forum for unique voices and viewpoints that often find themselves excluded from the realm of traditional media and debate. In the faceof a corporate-dominated media landscape, where objectivity is often a thinly veiled cover for bias, we wear our views proudly and aim to provide media for the people, by the people.”

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    Chatting with the Enemy

    In the madness that was the height of the  protests of Montreal (still ongoing, mind – red squares on!) Forget the Box was providing killer coverage. I was happy to be able to contribute a voice.

    This is my favourite line:

    Two ideas at opposite ends of a spectrum can rarely find peaceful middle ground. But a wide range of ideas, informed by empathy and dialogue, can find ways to work together.

    Read the whole thing here:

    How to Open a Dialogue with Someone Against the Student Movement.

You want to get a hold of me? That’s awesome – I can’t wait to make your acquaintance!

 

Here are a few ways to do it:

   

And of course, there’s always email! The form below goes right to my inbox, and provided I have reason to believe you’re a real human being, I’ll get back to you on the quick fast!