We strive for a decolonial and straightforward approach to grant writing, editing, and creative entrepreneurship. My goal is to be a trustworthy collaborator & advocate for humans telling untold stories.
My vision: When we express untold stories our health improves and we increase the chances of future generations ending the cycle of intergenerational trauma.
I am an uninvited guest on Turtle Island. I was born Treaty No. 13 People with ancestors from Toronto and Newfoundland. My settler origins are from England, Ireland, and Scotland. As a survivor of childhood trauma and suicide loss, my healing journey began when I moved to Western Canada in 2012 after a difficult divorce.
Before my divorce, I was in the process of leaving the paralegal world. I had just finished my first semester of nursing as my marriage was falling apart. So, I made the difficult decision to return to the legal world. I have nine years of experience law clerking for senior personal injury litigation lawyers in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
I found Grant Writing while living in Gleichen, a rural community in Southern Alberta. I was the Grant Writer at the local municipality. About a year before the pandemic brought our lives to a halt, I went on leave due to burn-out. I'm grateful for my time in Gleichen reconnecting, healing and learning. Gleichen is where I graduated from the online Writer's Studio at Simon Fraser University, where I began volunteering with Tribe Artist Society, and where I found Elaine Alec's Cultivating Safe Spaces framework.
After graduating from SFU, I studied Social Work at a community college in Calgary, where I found a weekend workshop that got me started on the entrepreneurial path. I started SJT Writing in the summer of 2021. I now live in Mohkinstsis, finishing a collection of poems and writing a memoir. Hire me as a speaker or facilitator!
My approach is rooted in a combination of the decolonizing Cultivating Safe Spaces framework and my deep desire to understand self and promote self-determination.
Empowerment: Only you know what's best for you, your project, and your health. We assist with defining goals, but then the rest is up to you.
Understanding Self: Who am I? Who do I belong to? What is my purpose? What am I good at? What's my relationship to the land? SJT Writing is committed to the lifelong journey of understanding self.
Inclusion: As lifelong learners, we welcome the gift of correction. Everyone's perspective matters, and we listen with discipline.
Well-Being: Part of the process of any creative project and entrepreneurial journey is well-being. Caring for yourself, resting, and getting outside are part of the creative process.
As an innovative perspective, I am a visionary and pride myself on thinking outside the box. I have a talent for seeing your vision and being a reflector of the beauty of your underappreciated gifts.
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In the spirit of reconciliation, I acknowledge that it is a privilege and an honour to live, work, and create on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. At SJT Writing we are lifelong learners of Truth and Reconciliation and strive to practice decolonization.