Writer, editor, columnist,
I am a veteran of 40 years in the media
and publishing. Through the 1990s I was reporter and managing editor of
Collingwood's Enterprise Bulletin newspaper, and previously managing editor/feature
its Huronia Sunday weekly supplement.
I was local correspondent for CBC's Ontario Morning radio
show for over a decade. Locally, I hosted the current events
program, Politically Speaking, for Rogers TV and was co-host of the variety/interview
show, Medium Rare on Maclean Hunter (later Rogers) TV.
In the years before we moved to Collingwood, I was in the publishing trade, including book and software editor for Holt, Rinehart & Winston publishers in the 1980s. I was editor and feature writer for many magazines
including InfoAge, Microcomputer News, Moves, Ontario Motorcycle Guide,
and Discover Mexico.
More recently, I have written numerous articles on governance and
for Municipal World and Pipeline magazines, and
published three books with Municipal World.
I was also a freelance writer for many years, specializing in
technical writing and software manuals. I have written non-fiction
feature articles and columns for many publications
across Canada, the USA and UK, and published or contributed to newsletters for
organizations, special interest and community groups.
I was winner
of the Northern Lights short story contest in 1991. My short story about Henry Hudson has been
reprinted in several publications. I am currently working on some
fiction and various blog posts.
Politician, author, blogger,
In 2003, I was elected to local political office
as a councillor in the Town of Collingwood. I was re-elected in 2006
and 2010. I have been the council representative on the airport
services board, Downtown BIA, Elvis festival committee, public
library board, sustainability committee, affordable housing
committee, and hospital board. I was proud to serve the municipality
in my role, and to contribute to our community's wellbeing for 11
In December, 2011, Municipal World published my book, Politically Speaking, a guide
to media relations and communications strategies for municipal politicians.
My second book with Municipal
World, Digital Connections, on social media for municipal
politicians and municipal organizations, was released in May, 2012.
My third book, Brands, Buzz & Going Viral:
A sourcebook of modern marketing strategies, was released
by Municipal World in early 2014.
I completed a book (not yet published) on Machiavelli's The Prince for municipal politicians (online here).
I am working on a new book, about e-government, for publication in
late 2016 and constantly updating some older web material. Writing remains one of my passions.
I have been blogging regularly about local issues, as well as on areas of
personal interest, politics, literature, society, culture, art,
education, urban planning, language and
science since 2005. I am active on social media.
I was owner and operator of the successful, local Mail Boxes Etc./UPS Store franchise for 11 years, where
I did graphic design, editing, writing and layout for many small businesses, entrepreneurs and community groups.
During that time, the store was ranked among the top 20% of the 300+
franchise outlets across Canada. We supported many local charities
and community groups through the store.
I retired from that business
and sold my store in 2010, to allow me to pursue other career
opportunities and concentrate more on local politics and my writing.
I am currently a freelance communications consultant for
a non-governmental water-related organization and have given talks and workshops on
media relations and social media.
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