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Ruthanne Urquhart

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Curriculum vitae. Ottawa Sun (left), The Maple Leaf, Canadian Vocational Journal, The Maple Leaf.

Profile

I work for the Department of National Defence with Director Air Public Affairs.

To relax, I freelance as a writer, editor and designer, producing newsletters, brochures, technical manuals and other products for various groups and associations.

For both public- and private-sector clients, I've worked as editor, writer, journalist, copy editor, proofreader, desktop publisher and Website designer/Webmaster. I've designed and laid out daily and community newspapers—tabloid and broadsheet—and magazines, and created posters, pamphlets, ads and items such as personal journals.

I've both written and edited public affairs products such as news releases, media advisories, backgrounders, fact sheets and speeches, and have worked on communications plans. As well, I've created and/or maintained public- and private-sector databases.

I enjoy teamwork and working alone. Bottom line: I love the work every facet of it.

Skills

Computer skills

  • Proficient on PC and Mac systems, flatbed and slide/neg scanners, and CD and DVD burners.
  • Proficient in PowerPoint/Word/Office Suite; WordPerfect Office; TextBridge; QuarkXPress; Photoshop/Acrobat; FTP; HTML/DHTML/Javascript; Dreamweaver; Astound; and Architectural Desktop.

Language skills

  • Proficient in English.
  • Familiar with French.
  • Very loosely acquainted with Italian and Russian.

Education

  • Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology (Nepean, Ont.), Print Journalism.
  • University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ont.), Arts Honours.
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