Hi, I’m Karen, loving life.
I have decades of experience in rehabilitation and healthcare services as a clinician, researcher, educator and administrator. My day-job involves editing and writing policies and guidelines, journal articles, brief research summaries, grant proposals and reports to funders. All sounds very serious, right? Not a fan of serious, I also write a cheeky weekly column in our staff newsletter. I do all this with a strong reputation for clarity and impeccable accuracy, even with the fun stuff 🙂
I am passionate about making medical and scientific writing clear and meaningful – cutting through BS brings me joy! – and pursued formal training in copy editing and proofreading to perfect my skills. I started my freelance work in 2018 and have an eclectic mix of regular projects: I proofread (cheeky) novels for an author, write magazine articles and a newsletter for a local business, and copy edit academic articles by researchers.
My clients tell me I bring magic and humour to the page, and getting to spend my days playing with words is magic to me. The work breathes life into my training in linguistics and grammar, and builds on my education and experience in speech-language pathology. It’s all about how humans communicate and how to support people when communication doesn’t come easily. I’m a member of Editors Canada. I’m studying Creative Writing through a university program and attend writing workshops whenever I can.
I’m a wannabe minimalist, always moving closer to the clarity of an uncluttered life, and share that energy gladly with clients. I think of editing as decluttering words to let the message shine through.
I have a Masters degree 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 TVCC, working to support children and youth with disabilities and their families. I’m currently the Director of Quality Management there, including being Director of Research. I am proud to be known as the bureaucrat who hates bureaucracy.
In the Before Times, pre-COVID, I was an avid traveller. I’d stopped my habit of jumping on airplanes to new adventures because of the climate crisis, but continued to go on adventures in more responsible ways. I’m also a 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.