Currently my focus is on two personal projects. The first is that I am working on establishing a new business. It will be quite traditional though not necessarily brick and mortar, though it will involved tangible items and not just ideas and services. The second is my own re-engagement in the Ukrainian commmunity in Montreal. This has been has been an ongoing going project for nearly the last two years, and as of June 26 I have taken the reigns of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Montreal. As the new president of this organization with nearly a sixty-year history, I will be focusing on rebuilding and engaging professionals and business persons in the Montreal Ukrainian Communinty.
Living in Montreal and growing up within walking distance of the St. Lawrence River, my parents insisted that I learn how to swim and learn about water and boating safety. This led me to becoming an avid swimmer who probably spent about a quarter of my waking day training in some form or another. In addition it helped me develop discipline which would serve me well throughout my educational and professional life. In fact my first summer jobs were that of a lifeguard, swimming instructor and swim coach, allowing me to share my skills with others.
Curious by nature my interests I have a variety of interests. From arts and culture to business, politics and social policy, and it does not stop there. My curiosity has led to some very interesting and rewarding experiences and meeting and working with some outstanding people.
Life experience and education
Swimming competitively gave me the opportunity to travel more extensively than many of my peers and it opened up many new horizons for me, having competed throughout Canada, the Eastern seaboard of the USA and Great Britain. Upon completing my swimming career, and focusing more on my education I became an avid cyclist. After my first year of university a friend and I decided that in 1986, when I graduated, he and I would cycle from Vancouver to Montreal Canada. The fifty-nine day journey allowed me to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Canada’s physical geography and its diverse population.
My formal North American education in Slavic languages and literatures and Library and Information Studies, coupled with my work experience in the aerospace, cultural, educational, internet, legal and publishing industries allow me to be both a generalist as well as a specialist. Having started an ISP with two business partners in 1994, and provided internet training to clients and educators alike, some have called me an internet pioneer.
I have over twenty-three years of experience as an information specialist. My multifaceted approach allows me to satisfy the information needs of many types of clients. Having spent close to ten years in Ukraine, I gained invaluable insight into that part of the world and have many contacts there. As a result I gained the moniker of “the connector” from many of my friends and colleagues.
Connecting Experience and People
I am a multilingual, computer literate self-starter, who is not afraid of jumping in and getting my hands dirty. I advocate the use of open source software when I possible and believe in continuous improvement in my knowledge and skill set.
I have hands on experience in developing and teaching information literacy courses; researching, writing and editing copy for broadcast, digital and print journalism; developing and writing successful grant proposals for Non-Governmental Organizations in addition to my intercultural communication skills. I have worked as a facilitator/translator on a number of international projects and as a media fixer for Canadian and other international media outlets.
I really am “the connector” and I connect people with different ideas and needs in a variety of areas.
My contacts and colleagues globally are trustworthy and knowledgeable in many sectors, and our professional relationships are rock solid.