Now semi-retired, I've taken my 30+ years of work experience, skills and knowledge into freelance work as a virtual assistant focusing on helping others with their ventures, projects and creative work.
Working with and as a Virtual Assistant was fairly new when I began researching the pros and cons. I found it to be an innovative way of working, convenient, and economical when not abused. Hiring a Virtual Assistant has now become more mainstream. And it suits my needs.
My background covers a variety of office skills thanks to my earlier years of contract work as a Temp. I've had long and short term assignments in several government offices throughout Ottawa Ontario such as Health Canada, Industry Canada, Treasury Board, Auditor General, Status of Women. I've even had the opportunity to work at the CBC, the National Art Gallery, the National Art Centre, and the National Film Board of Canada.
Temp work also helped me gain exposure to different types of software, policies and procedures, as well as adopting time and energy saving working habits I learned along the way. I also honed my organizational skills, flexibility in adjusting quickly to different situations, and taking the initiative. I tend to approach situations in a holistic and preventative manner.
In time, I began to specialize in word processing/desktop publishing, setting up offices, coordinating special projects, and organizing large meetings and conferences. It was an honour to assist in organizing the National Conference on Family Violence in 1989 and the National Aboriginal Courtworker Training Event held in Edmonton in 2007.
In 2000, I became a full time employee at Justice Canada, starting as a Legal Secretary focusing on Aboriginal law, and then as an Administrative Assistant for their Programs Branch.
And as of 2016, I'm now a solopreneur doing freelance work on a contractual basis!
As a volunteer
Fluent in English with French as my secondary language.
Interests & Knowledge
Alternative lifestyles & relationships
Alternative religions (Paganism, Taoism, Huna, Wicca, Druidism, Heathens, etc)
Animal welfare & rights
Anthropology | Archeology | Paleontology
Art | Artisans
Astrology | Astronomy
Body Toning | Body Building
Books | eBooks
Chronic illnesses / pain, & disabilities
Colour (art, health, psychology)
Construction (contractors, renos, DIYs)
Cosmetology | Fashion
Education | Training
Energy work (Empaths, Reiki, Tantra, etc.)
Environmental, food & chemical sensitivities
Games (backgammon, cards, etc)
Gardening | Landscaping
Homeowners' Association & condos
Indigenous culture & judicial system
Judicial system (Canadian)
Mature women/men (issues on ageism, lifestyle, relationships, sexuality, health)
Media (journalism, film/video, TV)
Metaphysics, Occult Sciences, Mysticism
Creating & moderating forums on adult content
Organization & time management
Past Life Regressions, Reincarnation
Performing arts (dance, music, etc.)
Photography | Digital photography
Profiles (coaching, editing, managing)
Spirituality | New Age | Shamanism
Textile art (crochet, knitting, sewing)
Writing (fiction & non-fiction)