Even if you have reams of evidence on your side, remember: numbers numb, jargon jars, and nobody ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart. If you want to connect with your audience, tell them a story. (Andy Goodman, Storytelling as Best Practice)

I specialize in transforming technical and academic research into stories that show the human side of statistics and make people care about the events behind the numbers. I was senior communications specialist at the David Suzuki Foundation, Communications Director for the Vancouver Agreement, an initiative of the governments of Canada, British Columbia and Vancouver focused on the inner city, Manager, Marketing & Communications for Vancouver Public Library where I led the team that won the Canadian Public Relations Society, Vancouver Chapter PR Communication Leadership Award in 2008, and Metro Vancouver, the federation of regional municipalities.

I have worked on mental health, addiction and drug policy reform issues, providing national and international media relations and communications strategy for the Vancouver-based Keeping the Door Open: Dialogues on Drug Use, and writing and communications services for the Balfour Consulting Group. I also designed and taught an advocacy communications course at Vancouver’s Langara College.