Personal Interests

YouthWrite®, a camp for kids who love to write…just about anything!© which I coordinate. YouthWrite was designed and created by me in 1996. This July 2015, YouthWrite will take place at the Camp Chief Hector and Bennett Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. For information, please visit

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Music and Singing: Having studied voice for over 30 years (yes, I know it’s hard to believe, given my youth), I sing as a soloist and with other musician friends. I’ve performed  a number of classical recitals and musical theatre.  And I’ve been a singer in a band.  As an Artist on the Wards, I’ve sung at the bedside to patients, frequently with Geoff McMaster, who is my partner, lead singer, and guitarist extraordinaire in our folk duo. Currently, I sing with Joy Spring Jazz Ensemble.

Theatre and Dance: Sometimes I get to act, direct or improvise (I’m a TheatreSports alumna), and each summer I am a member of the WordPlayful Players who nightly present the BEEG SHOW at YouthWrite.  If you don’t already know, The BEEG Show is an astounding piece of improvisational theatre. Really! It’s jaw-dropping entertainment!!!  I also love dance in its many forms.

Teaching:  I am an educator and mentor.  That means I’ve been a university adjunct professor, high school teacher, elementary school teacher-librarian, and creative writing instructor. I also enjoy presenting at schools and conferences. Please contact me at if you’re interested in having me at your school or event.

Travel: I lived and taught in Istanbul, Turkey, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel many places in Canada and the world: England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Finland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Nederlands, Cuba, Mexico, Vietnam and numerous States. I frequently visit the Sunshine Coast of BC and NYC, New York.

Alternative Presses is an e-zine with a Canadian zeitgeist and an independent mandate. Articles are written by progressive and independent journalists. It’s an excellent site for non-mainstream news and alternative voices. (

Utne Reader and are digests of independent ideas and alternative culture. Not right, not left, but forward thinking. Utne is most interested in creating a conversation about everything from the environment to the economy, politics to pop culture.  For more than 20 years, Utne has functioned as a guide to the alternative and independent press.  (

The Guardian  newspaper, of which is its online presence, was founded in 1821 and has a long history of editorial and political independence.  The Guardian’s editorial code:  “A newspaper’s primary office is the gather of news.  At the peril of its soul it must see that the supply is not tainted.” (

The Independent, another well-respected newspaper from the UK.  (

The Walrus. Fearless. Witty. Thoughtful. Canadian. The Walrus is a general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world.  (www.walrusmagazine. com)

Mother Jones is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.  (

Alberta Views explores the political, social and cultural life of Alberta from a progressive perspective. (

Social Activism

” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

Below you’ll find links to social justice, human rights, environmental, conservation and peace organizations.

Some of my favourite links include:

The Council of Canadians

Canada’s pre-eminent citizens’ watchdog organization. Strictly non-partisan, the Council lobbies Members of Parliament, conducts research, and runs national campaigns aimed at putting some of the country’s most important issues into the spotlight: social programs, economic justice, democracy, Canadian sovereignty, alternatives to corporate-style free trade, and preserving our environment.

Sweatshop Watch

The anti-sweatshop movement encourages consumers to shop with a conscience and buy goods made under fair labor conditions. Since 1995, Maquila Solidarity has supported garment workers’ efforts to improve working conditions in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Canada.

Women in Black

Women in Black  holds silent vigils and other events in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Women, men and children are invited to join their vigils. WIB bear silent witness to the suffering of those silenced in a culture of the deaf marked by war and racism.

Amnesty International

A worldwide movement of ordinary people who work together to achieve extraordinary results. Each day AI stands in solidarity with – and helps protect – individuals and communities around the world whose human rights are under attack.

World Wildlife Fund Canada

One of the Canada’s leading conservation organizations working to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.


Adbusters Magazine is a not-for-profit, reader-supported, 120,000-circulation magazine concerned about the erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial forces. Our work has been embraced by organizations like Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, has been featured in hundreds of alternative and mainstream newspapers, magazines, and television and radio shows around the world.

Child Honouring Centre

Created by Raffi, Child Honouring is a children-first approach to healing communities and restoring ecosystems. It views how we regard and treat our young as the key to building a humane and sustainable world. It is a novel idea—organizing society around the priority needs of its youngest members.

Free the Children

Children helping children through education.  Free the Children was founded by Craig Kielburger and his brother Marc.  Through leadership training at home and community development projects abroad, Free The Children empowers youth everywhere to make a difference.

Pen Canada

PEN Canada works on behalf of writers, at home and abroad, who have been forced into silence for writing the truth as they see it. PEN Canada is for debate and against silence. We lobby governments in Canada and internationally; organize petitions; send letters, faxes and postcards for the release of persecuted writers; and conduct public awareness campaigns about freedom of expression. We work for the release of imprisoned writers internationally, against censorship nationally and for networking and professional opportunities for writers living in exile in Canada.

Minister Faust

A teacher, novelist, community activist, public broadcaster, performance poet, sketch comedy writer & actor who helps keep me informed about so many issues and has a finger on the pulse of the alternative press. has played crucial roles in many campaigns, including preventing Canada from joining George W. Bush’s “Star Wars” missile defence program. As well, it has pushed Canadian politicians of all stripes to oppose the war in Afghanistan, allow U.S. war resisters to stay in Canada, ban deadly cluster bombs, abolish nuclear weapons, prevent the weaponization of space, and take action on other important issues.

Feminist Frequency

Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist pop culture media critic who produces an ongoing web series of video commentaries from a feminist/fangirl perspective.

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