Background: I was born in the wonderful Caribbean island of Jamaica. My fascination with language and love of fiction led me to Canada to complete first an MA and then a PhD in English, which culminated in a teaching career at York University. Transferring my passion and formal training to the needs of corporate clients comes naturally to me; my goal is to excite them about the possibilities of writing.
Likes: Verbs. Helping writers discover they can be fabulous communicators by showing them how to convert a concept or idea into words that work. Cat Deeley on So You Think You Can Dance. The color pink. The fiction of Toni Morrison, Erna Brodber and Edwidge Danticat.
Dislikes: All-caps. Scary movies. Comma splices.
Education: BA (first class hons.) from University of the West Indies (Mona Campus). MA and PhD English, York University.
Favorite quote: “How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers’ names.” Alice Walker
What I do in the rest of my life: In addition to books, I love art, theatre and jazz—the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Toronto Jazz Festivals are highlights of my summers. I’m also learning Afro-Cuban dance and when I can, I travel. My favorite places to date are Cape Coast, Ghana, and Cape Town, South Africa.
What her participants say:
“As a facilitator myself, I can honestly say that Andrea is one of the best facilitators I’ve had. Good job, Andrea, and thanks for taking the time to come here!” Leanne F, OLG Sault Ste Marie
“Good positive reinforcement. Knew material very well. Good at keeping us engaged.” Calvin T, PwC
“The course facilitator was very well organized, making it easy for the participants to follow. The facilitator displayed thorough knowledge of the course material and was able to answer all questions. Andrea provided us with an exemplary workshop. Fantastic job!!” Monica W, Ministry of the Attorney General
“Very professional and knowledgeable. Spoke very clearly and precisely. Friendly and approachable.” Sandy Smith, Ontario Legislative Assembly