I’m an editor, writer and communications consultant based in Ottawa, Canada’s beautiful if sometimes climate-challenged capital city.
I’ve worked in the fields of journalism and communications since 1990, as a newspaper copy and layout editor, media relations professional, communications strategist, teaching assistant, occasional book reviewer, op-ed columnist and travel writer. My first real job in this field was at a supermarket tabloid. True story.
In 2006, I set up shop as a communications consultant, which simply means I accept contracts and freelance assignments for all kinds of projects, from all kinds of clients, for writing, editing, communications planning and more.
Why? Because I like working from home, where the hours are flexible, the tasks varied, the coffee always fresh, and the dress code casual. Thanks to wifi, my office is wherever I want it to be — in the garden if it’s warm and sunny, in front of the fireplace if it’s cold and snowy. Every day is Take your Cat to Work Day.
Being self-employed also gives me time to pursue other interests. I’m a birder, a nature lover, a cyclist and an amateur handywoman. I am the founder and coordinator of Safe Wings Ottawa, a program of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club to reduce bird mortality from window collisions through research, rescue and education. I also serve on the OFNC’s Birds Committee, coordinate the OFNC’s Peregrine Falcon Watch, and am a member of Bird Studies Canada and the Ontario Field Ornithologists.
And since you’re probably wondering, “Hoedeman” is a Dutch surname. It’s pronounced “Hoo-dah-mun”, more or less, but I appreciate any effort at all to pronounce it. Despite what many people seem to think, “Anouk” is not Inuit or Native, but French, and it’s pronounced the way you think it is. Still, don’t eat the yellow snow. Nederlands is de eerste taal die ik als kind heb geleerd (maar niet op school, dus maak ik wel veel fouten). But all my schooling has been in English et en français, donc je suis trilingue.