Now retired from the Federal government, 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 own business ventures, projects and creative work.
I've been following the development of what I consider to be an innovative idea in the work place, that of the Virtual Assistant (VA), which is quickly becoming more mainstream. It makes sense, given that many are opting to be self-employed or who are now focusing on their passions and need a little help in manifesting their personal projects.
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 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. Duties in this job covered a wide range of support. You can see these listed in my LinkedIn profile.
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 health/medicine (homeopathy, naturopathy, Ayurveda)
Alternative lifestyles & relationships (ex. consensual non-monogamy, FLR, PE & TPE, ect.)
Alternative religions (Paganism, Taoism, Huna, Wicca, Druidism, Heathens, etc)
Animal welfare & rights (including rescuing & domesticating feral cats)
Anthropology | Archeology | Paleontology
Art | Artisans
Astrology | Astronomy
Body Toning | Body Building
Books | eBooks (reading, editing, writing, publishing)
Chronic illnesses, chronic pain, & disabilities
Colour (art, health, psychology)
Communication | Active listening
Construction (contractors, renos, DIYs)
Cosmetology | Fashion
Divination (Numerology, Palmistry, Runes, Tarot, Pendulum, etc.)
Education | Training
Energy work (Empaths, Reiki, Tantra, Magick, 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)