Past Projects and Portfolio
These are just a few examples of projects that I have completed. If you would like a more extensive list, please contact me.
Health Research in Canada and You (2011)
This wonderful little document was created by the Partnerships and Citizen Engagement Branch of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to explain to Canadians how health research works—and how they can play an important role in it. As editor, I worked with the writers to keep the text as accessible as possible, keeping the explanations simple and providing as many concrete examples as possible. This was made far more effective by the wonderful layout created by Erin Dunn of CIHR.
To the right is an image taken from one of the pages; a link to the entire document is provided below that.
CIHR's Citizen Engagement in Health Casebook (2012)
This collection of academic papers presented 14 different cases documenting how citizens from diverse communities can be engaged in health research that is important to them. I was the stylistic and copy editor for this project, working with the managing editors to ensure that not only were the articles consistent in their organization, terminology and approach, but that the often complex material was still accessible to other stakeholders (some of whom may not be specialists).
To the right is a sample page, and below that is a link to a .pdf of the entire document.
Guide to Respiratory Care for Neuromuscular Disorders (2013)
This document, produced by Muscular Dystrophy Canada, is a great guide to the basics of respiratory care for people with neuromuscular disorders and their families. It is meant to give them the information that they need to make informed choices about their respiratory care.
In light of this goal, the document had to be accessible and clear. My role as editor was to make sure that it used plain language. This meant that it was accurate and yet still easy to read, with language that was authoritative without being condescending or too casual. The entire guide also had to be organized in a logical, useful manner, with each section able to stand on its own.
It was a long process, but I think it was worth it. To the right is a sample page from the Guide and .pdf file of the entire document.
Writing and Research
100 Years of Siemens in Canada (2012)
This book was commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Siemens Canada. I researched the book, including the photos, and wrote the text and captions. Producing this corporate history involved time in archives in Canada and Germany, as well as research using a number of online databases I also obtained permission to publish the photos and compiled a bibliography for Siemens.
To the right is an image of one of the pages. Below is a .pdf of the entire first chapter of the book (caution: the .pdf is a large file!).
2011–12 Research in the Works for Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Every year, Muscular Dystrophy Canada produces a newsletter—called Research in the Works—that highlights researchers who have received funding during the past year and briefly explains their work in general terms. I have written this newsletter for the past two years, compiling researcher profiles and summaries of their work from the more complex grant applications, as well as drafting small articles on important issues related to research into neuromuscular disorders.
To the right is an image of one page from this newsletter, as well as a .pdf of the entire document.