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Resume for Elizabeth S. for Editor / Writer / Publisher / Professional & Consulting Services in Ottawa, Canada

Occupation: Editor / Writer / Publisher Industry: Professional & Consulting Services
Country: Canada City: Ottawa
State: Ontario ZIP: K1K4S1

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Ottawa, Ontario  KK S  Fax: ;



  • International consultant specialized in communications planning; writing, editing and research; publicity and media relations; event and workshop organization; rapporteur services;
  • Leadership and facilitation skills gained through work, volunteer and academic experience;
  • Proven abilities in working with diverse topics, including subjects within technical, scientific, business or social sectors, and writing or editing material in language appropriate for the audience – whether for corporate clients or the general public through the vehicles of the internet, or communication products such as newsletters, media releases or brochures
  • Strong “networker”; excellent people interaction; good teambuilding and participatory skills;
  • Accustomed to deadlines and stress; have a cheerful nature;
  • Fluent in French with PSCevaluated levels as follows: WritingC; Reading Exemption; Oral Proficiency C.    i.e. C/E/C

    Writing and Editing 

  • Communications Manager, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Partnership Programs, Mar. – Mar .
  • WriterEditor, Web Team, Communications Branch, CIDA,
  • Freelance: writing and editing a wide range of publications, including newspaper and magazine articles, promotional and educational material, video scripts, newsletters, conference proceedings, research findings, case studies, project proposals, directories and guidebooks. Also communication plans, speeches, scenarios, and press releases. Have written material for CIDA’s website, including a series of “Success Stories” for Africa Branch, “hot topics” for the Youth Zone and material for Multilateral Branch’s UN section.
  • Website material – have written material ranging in scope from corporate program descriptions through to magazinetype articles. Recently completed series Stories from the Field on CIDA’s tsunamirelated assistance in Indonesia January   experience in restructuring the content on a wide variety of websites, both governmental and nongovernmental.
  • Newsletters – including research; writing; editing; interviewing experts for article content; liaison with graphics specialists, translators and layout; including on topics ranging from  agroforestry, environmental management, agricultural innovation, international development, health management, food safety to higher education.
  • Provided quality control for all high level documentation e.g. Treasury Board Submissions; Memoranda to the Minister etc assuring accuracy in grammar, content and readability for intended audience for CIDA’s West Africa program

    Note: Samples of Publications are Available on Request 

  • For the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, edited all content in flagship newsletter, Uniworld, . See:
  • For CIDA’s website: web pages on AHSI the African Health Systems Initiative; copyedited Minister’s speeches; wrote content for web pages on CIDA’s food security strategy, and rewrote country strategies i.e. background and descriptions of CIDA’s development aims in each of the Agency’s countries of focus.
  • Writing material for the Afghanistan Task Force website, including four articles for the emagazine, Focus Afghanistan. Examples include: Improving Equality between Men and Women in the Afghan police force and Afghan Women gain Economic Opportunity with a Helping Hand from Canada and
  • Close Encounters of an Educational Kind: Afghan students’ unique connections with two Canadian schools in

  • See all “Stories from the Field” featured on CIDA’s Indonesia site:
  • Editing written material on the range of work conducted by Canadian federal government employees CIDA; DFAIT; CSC; DND based in Kandahar, Afghanistan for the website. Entailed abbreviating highly detailed reports on such topics as dam construction, prison reform, education and polio eradication and making it into  “accessible” language for the website p
  • Prepared Asia Branch Results report for CIDA Feb. ; work entailed editing and rewriting reports from various individuals in countries who submitted their respective reports progress on projects and programs. My challenge, successfully executed, was to shorten all reports and present them in as consistent a style as possible into one page report for senior management’s attention.
  • Writing and editing all ministerial and parliamentary briefings related to developments political and social in the Middle East region, and briefing notes for senior management for meeting overseas dignitaries from the Middle East, May – September ; required extensive liaison with DFAIT, PCO and other departments, editing and coordinating their respective input.
  • Researched and wrote five issues of The Magazine, a webbased intranet newsletter which addresses operational issues at CIDA, published every three months July – March
  • While based in Harare, Zimbabwe, , edited and invariable wrote entire content for various newsletters for CIDA projects, including for an agroforesty project, for an environmental project and for an industrial energy project. Samples available. 
  • Wrote a Backgrounder, Qs and As, FAQs, re: the Multilateral Organizations Performance Assessment Network, for CIDA’s Multilateral Branch, web, June,
  • The Role of Research at the Centre for Intercultural Learning, brochure written for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute February,
  • All press releases at CARE Canada March – June,
  • CIII Initiative, the newsletter of the Canadian International Immunization Initiative two issues,
  • Wrote the report drawing on proceedings of a workshop: The Health Effects of Air Pollution March Client: Canadian Public Health Association      
  • Proceedings of the CanadaChina Higher Education Linkage Forum, October, Client: CIDA’s China Program. Took meeting notes, synthesized them and created a page report.
  • Boosting Mineral Exploration in Botswana and Canada: Canada’s Role, article published in The Northern Miner, March, and on CIDA’s website.
  • Recent Client List  

    Clients have included a wide variety of nongovernmental organizations, service organizations, daily and monthly newspapers, federal departments of the Canadian Government, private companies, international research organizations and multilateral agencies. Some recent examples include: 

  • AUCC
  • CIDA – Afghanistan Task Force, Communications Branch; Southeast Asia Program; West Africa regional program; Middle East Program; Ghana Program
  • The Canadian Nurses Association
  • Agriteam Canada
  • The Centre for Intercultural Learning DFAIT
  • The International Coalition for AIDS and Development ICAD
  • CARE Canada
  • The Canadian International Immunization Initiative CIII
  • Health Canada
  • The Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, Ottawa
  • UNAIDS – media coverage in Ottawa
  • CPHA the Canadian Public Health Association
  • CIAT the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Cali, Colombia
  • South Asia Partnership SAP
  • The World Food Programme
  • Carleton University
  • Mines Action Canada

    Journalism and Political Science, BA Hon., Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. . 

    Other Courses 

    Problems in African Development, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. . 

    The Successful Newsletter, Zimbabwe Institute for Public Relations, Harare, Zimbabwe . 

    CIDA InHouse Courses, CIDA, Hull, Quebec : Women in Development, Managing an Evaluation, Logical Framework of Analysis, Analysis of Financial Statements.

  • Communications and Development Consultant, Ottawa, Canada January present.
  • Communications and Development Consultant, Harare, Zimbabwe June November .
  • Field Officer Southern Africa Canadian Organization for Development through Education CODE November June .
  • Planning Officer, CIDA, Caribbean Program, April November .
  • Project Officer, CIDA, NGO Division, and January April .
  • Volunteer Teacher, Canadian Crossroads International, Adzopé Secondary School, Côte d’Ivoire, September January
  • Associate Director of Volunteer Outreach, Canadian Hunger Foundation, Ottawa, Canada June September .
  • Communications Consultant, Department of Public Works, Technical Systems Secretariat, Ottawa, Canada, April May .
  • Writer/Researcher, Office of the Prime Minister, Correspondence Division, Ottawa, Canada November February .


    Citizenship:  Canadian and United Kingdom

    Security Clearance:  Enhanced Reliability

    Languages:  English. Fully fluent in French, basic comprehension of Spanish.

    Computers:  Fully proficient in Word, Word Pro, WordPerfect, Windows. Comfortable doing Internet research. Some experience in the use of databases.

    Community:  Board Member, Bruce House, an Ottawa hospice & supported housing for HIV/AIDS individuals; member of the fundraising and publicity committee.

    Travel:   Barbados; Botswana; Burkina Faso; China; Colombia; Côte d’Ivoire; Cuba; Denmark; Ethiopia; France; Ghana; Grenada; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Mauritius; Mozambique; Rwanda; Tanzania; Senegal; South Africa; Swaziland; Switzerland; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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