Why do I care so much about words?


 

 

Maybe it's because I don't like working with numbers, although I do admire their precision.

After completing a degree in journalism at Ryerson University, I worked for newspapers in northwestern Ontario and in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A few years later, I slid into a media relations job on Parliament Hill. Then, I worked for a national labour union and the Ottawa Board of Education.

In 1997, the Canadian Public Health Association hired me to manage its new Plain Language Service. While there, I developed plain language training courses for health professionals and revised hundreds of documents into plain language.

Plain language is a niche that suits me well.

I have been self-employed since 2006, and that suits me, too.