About

Stephanie as a little girl
Stephanie as a girl

I’m a little afraid of being photographed, can you tell?

I do, however, enjoy helping people, finding resources and information and brainstorming ideas that lead to creative solutions.

I love playing with words because I grew up in a home where my parents were always doing crossword puzzles and debating word usage.

As a teenager, I wrote a weekly column for The Monitor, a community newspaper in Montreal’s NDG neighbourhood. During CEGEP and university in Montreal and Ottawa, my work regularly appeared in campus and community newspapers.

I have a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax. For more than 20 years, I wrote for daily newspapers, magazines and alternative and community weeklies, including the Montreal Gazette, Urban Expressions, OpenFile Montreal, This Magazine, Montreal Mirror, Hour magazine, McGill Reporter, Westmount Independent and the Free Press. Most recently, I was a Special Contributor for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges community newspaper, The Journal (formerly Your Local Journal).

Looking for a proofreader or copy editor? I have formal training in copy editing and a sharp eye for typos and inconsistencies.

In recent years I’ve been sorting out some health issues. During this time I’ve learned plenty about self-hosted WordPress sites and front end web development so if you need a WordPress site built or you need someone to maintain your site’s updates or to install an SSL certificate, I can help.

I keep up with WordPress by attending annual WordCamps (WordPress conferences) and meetings here in Montreal. I also make a point of brushing up on HTML and CSS.

In 2017 I took part in Les Pitonneux’s Lab12 “unbootcamp” peer-to-peer learning cohorts, where I built a web app in React JS with Firebase for the back end. I’m still experimenting with the app and plan to finish it this year.  I greatly enjoyed learning about NPM and Node.js, Bootstrap, JavaScript, flexbox and the CSS grid, and trying out Redux and re-base for managing the application’s state. I’ve taken many courses in front end web development but I’m a  junior in terms of experience. Lab12 taught me plenty about troubleshooting. I’m always game to learn something new.