I attended Ryerson Polytechnic University and graduated from the Radio and Television Arts programme.
After university I was a camera/sound operator for a youth television programme on WTN called GIRL TALK.
From GIRL TALK I moved on to CBC's VENTURE where I was given some very incredible opportunities I was originally hired as an assistant production coordinator, but over the four years I was able to shoot numerous stories and in my final year – I took off my coordinating hat and was a sound recordist for the programme full time. Over my 4 years there, I travelled all over Canada, to a couple of U.S. cities ( Omaha, Nebraska, New York City) and most memorably – London, England
In May 2000 I decided I needed a change... I resigned at CBC and accepted
a position at NELVANA (Canadian animation company), which
is where I am still. I am very excited to be working in kids’ television
|In May/June 1999, I travelled to Ireland for a month-long holiday with my dad. The most memorable day was in Dingle, where we rented some mountain bikes and set out for a two-hour tour, only to end up talking a wrong turn. The two-hour tour wound up being a day-long trek through the rolling hills and winding roads along the ocean ...absolutely stunning! All the while me giggling with my dad who would try to take me on the steep hills.|
|A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (set designer), with Robert Ross Parker (director), Jennifer Gillespie(principal) and Tara Anchel (stage manager).|
|I’ve taken one drama class with EQUITY SHOWCASE (I loved it!)I’ve recently been accepted into another. I do miss performing.|
|OFF THE JOB|
|Travelling, travelling, travelling... also I’ve recently taken up guitar!|
|Partner – Jim Young (born from a good Cape Breton family!)
We’ve been together for 5 ½ years – living together for
Children – no way, not yet!
|FAVOURITE BOFA MOMENT|
|I was lucky enough to be part of the first BOFA team. We had made it to the finals at the N.A.C. (in those days we did the preliminary rounds at GCTC). We had encountered a lot of slack from other teams who were calling us “artsies”... I remember sitting in the waiting/ change room area off stage where the team was meeting ...and in walked Mike Valliant-Saunders in a bright orange coverall suit with the word BOFA written on the back...what is that? Oh my God – The suit was a huge hit and the name stuck.|
|I think ultimately I’d like to be involved with developing kids’ television shows.|
|FAVOURITE THING TO DO|
|ENJOYED WORKING AT MOST|
|I really enjoy being where I am now. Every day I am challenged and I’m learning new things. There’s an edit suite right beside my office from which I hear everything from frog ribbits to bad renditions of “Over the Rainbow.”|
|OTHER HONOURS, RECOGNITION|
|Items that I shot at CBC were recognized two years in a row
with a nomination for best editing at the Geminis.
Prior to my work at CBC, the kids’ show GIRL TALK was also nominated for best youth programme. (None of which won – but I was pleased as Punch anyway.)
|MOST PROUD OF|
|I’m really glad that I was able to go to Ireland with my dad. It was just such an overwhelmingly great experience!|
|My recent change in jobs was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Essentially I switched my career course mid-stream. Luckily though, I’ve managed to do it without letting it get me down.|
|If you mean in life I think I regret not pursuing acting a little more. The stage fright really did quash me.|