About Cheryl

21230812_1398270906893891_9135780204522650539_nHi, I’m Cheryl.

I love language – its forms and its possibilities – and I am fascinated by what it can help us to communicate if used expressively and correctly.  I have lived all over Canada, and started school in Montreal in a French-speaking kindergarten. I remember being so excited that there were different words for the same thing. In university, I majored in Spanish and lived for a semester in Spain. These experiences have shown me that language precision and cultural understanding are equally important in our interactions with others. Consequently, I have a special interest in helping people communicate their ideas and knowledge in the best possible way.  

My Background 

I have over 20 years of editing experience. I recently started this freelance business, which gives me more flexibility to take on different clients and a variety of jobs throughout the year.

I have worked for over 20 years in university administration, where I edit many types of publications including academic manuscripts, articles, theses, grant proposals, course manuals, calendar entries, newsletters, website content, marketing copy and student records. I have particular expertise and knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences, especially Religious Studies, Classics, Cultural Studies, Ethics, Film Studies, Gender Studies and History.

I have just started working with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists as the English Copy Editor of their annual journal, the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy. I look forward to learning more about this field from their dynamic contributors.

I have a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Dalhousie University. I am fluent in English, French and Spanish. I have lived in or visited all but one Canadian province and have travelled broadly, mostly in the U.S. but also in Europe and the Caribbean. The list of places I want to get to some day is very long.

For many years, I have tutored non-English speakers learning English or studying for ESL tests. Most recently I volunteered with the LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) Program at the Hamilton Public Library. I also volunteer with Editors Canada, currently leading the Website Content Project as well as being a member of the Member Services Committee, and I am events coordinator for the Hamilton-Halton Editors Group. 

I love to read, a prerequisite for the work I do. I always have several books “on the go”, and a pile of unread volumes waiting for my attention. I have a hard time getting out of a book store without a purchase. I love the feel of a book in my hand, although I also appreciate the ease of e-books—particularly when travelling and I can bring 5 or 10 books with me without worrying about the weight of my suitcase. And there are certain books that I find so well-written, whose words are put together in such a beautiful and captivating way, that I come back to them over and over again. I greatly admire people who can catch our imaginations in that way.