Manager, Image Services
Born in Cape Breton, delivered by my father in the back seat of a Studebaker enroute to the hospital, I started out life in an unconventional manner and the rest of my life has followed that pattern. In the early 70s in Halifax, I started as a staff reporter for two weekly newspapers. After two years and a couple of extra shifts in their art departments a new career path emerged. This was a time when cut and paste really meant cut and paste, with an X-Acto knife, rubber cement and a set square. Multiple training programs and courses to learn basic design concepts and broaden my industry knowledge led to positions in the art department at Eatons, production manager at another newspaper, designer at two agencies, assistant manager of a design and production company, designer at a commercial printer, and a variety of freelance contracts. A sampling of my calligraphy was published in a hardcover anthology in the 90s.
I’ve worked on large projects, small projects, witnessed colour, design and font trends cycle out and return, and seen the preferred formats to which our audiences respond change almost weekly. After almost four decades, finding the best blend of content and form is still an exhilarating challenge.
I came to Memorial, to University Relations, in the late 80s and have witnessed and participated in the maturing of Memorial’s marketing on the world stage. The work I help produce, and the people I consult with daily, enables that effort.