A proud Canadian, I spent more than 30 years in newspapers, and as publisher and chief executive officer of the Ottawa Sun, I was the first woman publisher in Sun Media history. I loved Ottawa and the community there and was grateful to receive a Community Builder Award in 2000, and for three consecutive years, was named one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People.” On leaving Ottawa for a new adventure, I was honoured to be recognized by both the City of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario with proclamations of a dedicated day and month in my name.
After moving to Atlantic Canada in 2004, I became co-owner of the award-winning Alcove Bistro & Lounge and was also a freelance consultant with two Nova Scotia daily newspaper publishers.
Back in the Niagara region in 2009, I joined Quebecor’s Osprey Media Group in the role of senior group publisher for the Niagara, South Ontario, and Town Media. I was responsible for multiple daily, weekly, magazine, and online publications, as well as a show division that included the Toronto Gourmet Food & Wine Expo.
When I retired early, I returned to my alma mater in 2016 and completed the University of Toronto Creative Writing Certificate.
Since then, in addition to previous columns and op-eds, I have also written a book that perhaps one day will be published (should I dare brave the effort), and my writing has appeared in the Globe & Mail’s Facts & Arguments, the Oasis Journal, an annual anthology of short fiction, short nonfiction, and poetry by writers over fifty, Torstar’s Niagara daily newspapers, and in Memoir Magazine.
I write because I love it.