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The telling of story goes back as far as I can remember.

My earliest memories are of stories my grandfather told me on our walks in the mountains. He told me about his childhood growing up in Vancouver: days spent hunting pheasants with a slingshot in the forest along the Fraser River. Days spent with his dog Rufous and his pet screech owls: Morley, Fezzywig and Scrooge. There were other stories too: stories told at bedtime about best friends Danny the Mouse and Sam the Dinosaur fighting the creatures of the Terrible Forest.

I won my first writing competition when I was sixteen: Access Radio’s Alberta High School Storytellers. My story, “The Christmas Gift,” was produced as a radio play, I was interviewed on air, and I was paid $150. That early recognition gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my writing.

I’ve written for textbooks, periodicals, weeklies, online publications, and anthologies (see my Bibliography). In 2013 I completed my MA in Environmental Education and Communication through Royal Roads University, and I now teach in the Bachelor of Communication Studies program at MacEwan University in Edmonton. My book, Weaving a Malawi Sunrise: A Woman, A School, A People, was released by the University of Alberta Press in November 2015.

Perhaps my most joyful writing development has been joining two small groups of writers who each meet once a month to critique each other’s stories. The groups have re-energized my storytelling. I’m looking forward to good things to come.

Read more about my writing projects here.

Weaving a Malawi Sunrise is available for purchase through the University of Alberta PressChapters/Indigo, and Amazon.com.

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“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.”

John c. sawhill

Check out my latest blog posts…

Communicating Climate Change to Alberta’s Youth: Lessons learned from the Alberta Narratives Project

It’s always exciting to see your byline in a shiny new textbook. This time I share that honour with three students from my Sustainability Communications class: Katrina Atkinson, Jacqueline Ohm, and Michaela Bishop. It’s been three years since we sat together in a small room (that in itself seems like another reality) and listened toContinue reading “Communicating Climate Change to Alberta’s Youth: Lessons learned from the Alberta Narratives Project”

a song of ice

I try to make it to the cabin every year at this time. It’s cold and dark, but it’s around this time that the lake freezes over. One year, we went to bed with the wind shrieking through the valley and sharp white-capped waves breaking the water. We woke the next morning to frigid calm.Continue reading “a song of ice”

Alberta, we have a problem: virtual violence and the hyper-masculine blame game we’re all trying so hard to ignore

Seems like it’s time to publish this photo I’ve been holding on to. I didn’t want to, but I’m here to make a point: We have a problem, Alberta. On Wednesday evening, I watched the Twitter post that called out a graphic depicting the rape of Greta Thunberg blow up in real time across severalContinue reading “Alberta, we have a problem: virtual violence and the hyper-masculine blame game we’re all trying so hard to ignore”

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