There are two things I’m pretty passionate about: using technology to solve problems and helping artists, activists and non-profit organizations achieve their goals. I build websites that do both.
I spent 20 years in the non-profit sector so I know a thing or two about how progressive organizations work. I get that your team is small (but mighty!) and you need a website that’s easy to use and you can update yourself. I understand that we’ll probably have to pass things by your board. I can work with tight budgets and campaign deadlines.
But most importantly, I share your values and I can speak to your audience.
Stuff I do
I started building websites with IndyMedia at the Seattle protests in 1999, and brought Indymedia to Victoria before the age of blogs. I’ve worked in libraries, post-secondary institutions and resource centres, always at the intersection of communications and technology. I became a full-time web developer because I believe that tech is a powerful vehicle to get shit done and I want to help you harness it.
When I take on your website project, I make sure we start with a solid strategy grounded in best practices. We’ll work together to define your goals, and your users’ needs. Because it’s important your website looks great, but it’s more important that it advances your mission.
TL;DR: You’re doing big, impactful work – I make sure your website can help.
Stuff I’ve done
- Completed a BA in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Victoria
- Studied communication and design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- Helped run a non-profit organization for almost a decade
- Studied Leadership in Community Organizations at the Justice Institute of BC
- Graduated from a Front-end Web Development bootcamp at Juno College of Technology
- Worked in-house as a designer and developer at the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Community College and Vancity Credit Union
- Taught and mentored tech workshops with Camp Tech, Kids Learning Code and Canada Learning Code and am currently teaching with Anita Expert
- Organized some of your favourite events like Under the Volcano and the People’s Prom
- Produced and hosted community radio shows for 17 years, now I help make a podcast about climate change
- Got certified as a somatic yoga teacher – I don’t teach but I do practice yoga and meditation on the regular
- Took a photo a day for 5 years
- Used lessons from a traumatic brain injury to change my relationship to work and “finding meaning”. (Read more about it here)
- Recently lived in Hungary for a season where I started my art project memoir about my family’s escape from Romania
Are these your photos? Yes! I love photography and travel. I figured, why use stock images or large images of myself when I can rotate through some of my own photos from around the world and right here in British Columbia.