Hi, I’m Karen, loving life.
My professional background is in healthcare and not-for-profits. I have a Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and practiced as a Speech-Language Pathologist for five years before moving into management roles.
For more than twenty years, I’ve been a senior leader at Thames Valley Children’s Centre, working to support children and youth with disabilities and their families. I’m currently the Director of Quality Management there and the Centre’s certified privacy officer.
I started my freelance work in 2018, when an acquaintance asked for help with their workflow. They said the radical decluttering we did was magic, replacing stress and mess with ease and organization, so I try to bring that same magic to others.
I’m a wannabe minimalist, always moving closer to that goal, and share that energy gladly with clients. I’ve always enjoyed doing presentations and workshops, and do them regularly as part of my day-job, so I expanded that work to other organizations as well.
And, words. Words are my passion. All my education in speech-language pathology was about how humans communicate and how to support people when communication doesn’t come easily.
Once I started doing occasional freelance work, I realized I could pursue my lifelong interest this way too: I took on writing, editing, and proofreading jobs and found my own magic. The work breathes new life into my training in linguistics and grammar, and builds on my work experience with plain-language writing and public communications. I think of it as decluttering words to amplify the important messages. I’m a member of Editors Canada. I’m studying Creative Writing through a university program and workshops whenever I can.
Outside of work (and integrated when I can 😃), I’m an avid traveller, pen and stationery addict (no minimalism there), and outdoor enthusiast.
Saving the best for last, I’m a mother. I have two amazing teenagers who are the brightest joy in this wonderful life.