Super happy to share today’s news… Mare McHale is writing a book! That’s right: the CEO of Redhead Mare Media, radio announcer and frontrunner of the Mareathon has been spending some quality time at the keyboard these last few months, in an effort to tell her story. I’m proud to say I am playing a … Continue reading Secret’s out… Mare wrote a book!
Being a service member is not easy -- those men and women shoulder an incredible load. But how do you tell that story in a compelling way that resonates with civilians? How do you make annual Remembrance Day stories real to those who will never see the realities of military service? The Royal British Legion … Continue reading A heavy load
This being Halloween, I find myself pondering the tension between the value and ethical challenge of fear in stories. Fear comes first, before fight-or-flight. It prompts reaction. It can be entertainment that people crave, evidenced through the billion-dollar industry that produces films in horror genres like suspense, gore, slasher, thriller, psychological and possession. We line … Continue reading The tale of fear
Stories have been part of human history since the beginning -- and research has shown that storytellers can benefit from sharing tales.
UBC's Okanagan campus launched its inaugural campaign in 2018, telling stories of research and learning experiences uniquely available in Kelowna. I was proud to contribute to this initiative by writing two stories. Aging Well This story showcased researchers drawn to the Okanagan region's cluster of viticulture and wine production, and the unique and meaningful connections … Continue reading Telling the story of UBC Okanagan
The following story won the Neville Shanks Memorial Silver Award for Historical Writing, from the B.C.-Yukon Community Newspaper Association in 2006. Searching for Sidney Closure for family comes in Holland Coquitlam Now, Friday, Nov. 11, 2005 Geoff Peterson remembers when he first learned the name of RCAF Flying Officer Sidney Peterson. He was seven and … Continue reading Searching for Sidney: award winner
The following story won First Place at the Canadian Community Newspapers Association's Moosomin World-Spectator Award for Best Feature in 2003. Amanda's legacy is a rainbow for sick kids Coquitlam Now, Page 3: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002 The story of little Amanda Hillstrom from Port Moody has not only made many a skeptic believe in rainbow-coloured … Continue reading Amanda’s Rainbow: award winner
As the Sports Editor for the Smithers Interior News, I got a tip that a local kid had been chosen for the B.C. hockey team to compete at the Canada Winter Games. I interviewed Dan Hamhuis at his family home in the summer of 1998. I followed his career to Prince George, where his coach … Continue reading Dan Hamhuis’ first interview
Thanks so much for stopping by my site! Here's the 411 on my professional background: I have over 20+ years of communications experience, including in journalism, local government, non-profits and education. My writing as a journalist won national and provincial awards, and I have carried that passion for the written word into a career harnessing … Continue reading Meet Simone
I do words. What I lack in snowboarding skills, I totally make up for in good grammar. Here are just a few ways my writing can help you: Editing I worked in newsrooms for 15+ years, producing pages of copy on news, features, sports and business throughout British Columbia. I was an editor for years, … Continue reading What I do