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Last Login 1/3/2015
Location North Port , Fl
Education Masters Degree
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Barbara is a person of super integrity, is socially conscious and caring for all human beings of whatever race or circumstance. Her research work in East Africa provided her with first hand experience of man's inhumanity to man, and the need for all persons of conscience to work towards bettering the world we live in. Barbara offers her services to any/all organizations which subscribe to this philosophy.

As a writer, evaluator and researcher, who managed her own consulting company for 9 years, the main focus of her work being displacement of people internationally, and integration into new societies to lead worthwhile lives, her experience is prolific in human and environmental topics. She is reliable and conscientious in completing assignments as a freelance writer, which is now her present vocation.
Writing: short stories, copy writing, editing, research on all topics and evaluations, government issues, political reviews and spiritual topics.
Hobbies for Barbara are the following: reading, writing, cooking, board games, movies that are historical and investigative, political activities, gardening, spirituality, swimming, and walking in natural surroundings.
Career interests and focus: Research, evaluation, assessments, human displacement and development into societies.
Types of books read are: Detective stories,
biographies, historical novels, spirituality and self-help books also news magazines.
Characteristics that are of interest include the love of travel and meeting new people, making the world a better place in whatever way possible, being very socialble and endeavoring to be a great hostess at all times.
York University, Toronto, Canada Sep 1997 – Nov 1999
Environmental Studies: Human Environment, Master in Environmental Studies

The focus of this 2-1;2 year degree was: Resettlement of Refugees and Displaced People Internationally.
Areas of study included:
-Research done in the Great Lakes Region of Africa in Post Conflict Reconciliation of Refugees and Displaced Populations: UN, Nairobi, Kenya
- A Certificate in Forced Migration - Oxford University, UK
- A Graduate Diploma in Immigration Studies- York University

York University, Toronto, Canada Sep 1997 – Nov 1999
Integration of Refugees and Displaced People Internationally, Master in Environmental Studies

This qualification was inspired when doing Social Work, after encountering refugees entering the society with numerous mental health and displacement problems. Most of these were due to sudden flight from conflict zones around the world, extreme persecution because of religion, race or sexual orientation, in addition to natural disasters, as in earthquakes or famine.

In order to qualify for this 2-1/2 year degree, research took place with the United Nations in East African countries of Rwanda, Uganda Tanzania and Kenya to fully understand reasons why people fled across borders leaving everything behind. This was an outstanding experience, giving insight into the "push and pull" of forced migration issues.

York University, Toronto, Canada Jan 1992 – Jun 1995
Sociology: Specializing in Family and Gender, BA (Hons) Sociology

This four year degree was attained in 3 years because of credits given for my previous experience and qualifications as a Social Service Worker (SSW). This is a 2 year Diploma, also listed in my profile.

Loyalist college Jan 1982 – May 1986
Social Work, SSW: Social Service Worker Diploma

This qualification was done on a part-time basis. The reason being, as a mother of four children between the ages of 14 - 5 years old when this course started, going to school full time was not possible.

Honors and Awards
Service Award May 2006
This was a big thank you for services rendered throughout the years, first as a worker, consultant and board member at non-profit organization.

Letter of Recognition Sep 1990
Recognition for services in planning, developing and implementing with two other women a home for abused women and children which still operates today in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.

Association Memberships
Freelance Content Writers Jan 2013
This career path has become lucrative, as a result, joining this group to learn about writer's experiences and new opportunities has proved to be a good decision.

Grant Writers Association May 2012
As a grant writer who has achieved success in this craft, this group accepted my application to become a member.

Guardian ad Litem Sarasota District Courts
Oct 2006
This was a 2 day per week course that lasted for 4 weeks to learn about the Department of Children's Services Foster Care Program in Florida.

Working as a Guardian ad Litem in the Foster Care system in Sarasota, for 3 years was a learning experience. Being new to the USA at that time, it was an eye opener to deal with problems between parents, children and the law.

Conflict Resolution St. Stephens House, Toronto
Mar 1992
Resolving conflicts in the workplace and in client's lives is an important skill to have. This course taught methods to do this as gently as possible, and to deescalate conflict without physically intervening.

Crisis Intervention and Prevention Canadian Training Institute
Apr 1991
This was a three week course in crisis intervention and prevention for human development purposes. The goal was being able to assess crises in people with mental health issues, or group developmental problems then learning about methods of alleviating these.

The course was oriented towards intervention to find solutions, should the preventative mechanisms not work.

Forced Migration Internationally Oxford University, UK
During the summer of 1998, this course which is offered to
24 people in leadership roles throughout the world, who work with Refugee and Immigration causes, was attended by myself. The course is 6 weeks long, and proved to be a great learning experience. The lecturers were outstanding, but the attendees offered understanding of situations and their country's problems regarding conflict, natural and human made disasters, forced migration also refugee and human rights that would have been difficult to obtain elsewhere.

Projects by Industry

With a research background, this has not been a great challenge for me. Appliances are also in kitchens, around the home and dealing with break downs and fixing these gives an overall understanding of a wide variety of problems that can arise, also how to fix these.


Having been a trainer, part-time college lecturer and workshop moderator, all aspects of education are natural subjects to write about.
Areas of expertise cover curriculum writing in Social Science and Lifeskills topics, establishing rules and regulations for student bodies and preparing lesson plans.


Writing on electronics has been done quite regularly in my free lance work. This has turned out to be extremely informative and beneficial as a method for learning various modern technologies as this topic, was not of much interest to me in the past.


Basically, work done in this area has been research on food offered in various countries around the world. This involves describing local meals, and how well received these dishes were by the visitors to various countries, also levels of nutrition involved.

Green Living

Writing in this subject has been in the role of advocate for green healthy living, particularly for the people who work on farms to produce items that are sold in stores. The advocacy is for wage increases and living conditions for workers in the green living industry.


Health and wellness were an integral part of work done as a Consultant. Mental health is particularly important to maintain physical well being, as all factors to attain and maintain good health for people with various diseases were taken into consideration. Essential in maintaining overall good wellness are: safe housing, medical care, education, safety, employment, acceptance into society and respect for oneself and others.

Non Profit

Before working as a consultant, non-profits were the areas in which employment took place for myself as a Social Worker and Supportive Housing Coordinator. This experience covers a period of 20 years, as a result my knowledge base is extensive, and writing grant proposals, papers of various types dealing with non-profit policies and services took place regularly in this period.


Research in the work presented covers the inadequacies within the Canadian Government's Justice System with regard violence in the home. These facts were presented in a report on the subject.


Spirituality has become a favourite topic in the past five years on which to write. While still on the learning curve in this area, opportunities to improve and expand are of great interest in improving a writing career.


Travel is a favourite hobby, as a result assignments in learning about new places and writing about them are of interest. This area has developed with free lancing as a writer.


Women, their history and lives have been important in work done over the years by myself. As such, several papers and research projects have taken place on various phases of women's lives, their health, living conditions and challenges. Ways to improve the situation of women who are uneducated, those with health issues, or living in poverty. In keeping with assessments and findings that were methodically done women and children have been the topic of many written documents.


Working as a consultant involved government and their agencies to a great extent. This work was highly paid, for the most part they were evaluation projects to assess how efficiently government dollars were being spent in each evaluation project.

Projects by SEO Skill
Title/Meta Descriptions

Having a strong research and evaluation background, once given a title, and the keywords involved, also the goal for the article, I am able to complete work in a variety of subjects satisfactorily.

In choosing topics, my focus is quite broad, depending on the document or information required.

Projects by Asset Type

Having written many grant proposals, with a success rate of about 55%, this area is very familiar in my history and skills.

This area also includes Letters of Intent in order that the organization being represented be selected as a contender for the funds being offered.

Once the grant has been given, then evaluation of the progress and submitting monthly reports can take place if requested by the funder.

A final report at the end of the project is also required, this has been completed by myself after assessing and analyzing the results.

Projects By Expertise
Research Writer

Working as a Social Science Consultant for 9 years, the purpose of my work was research, evaluations, assessing, training and development of human services for people who were displaced withing society. This included, poor health, incarceration, migration, racial and religious discrimination, unemployment and ageism.

Several interesting projects were planned, developed and implemented. Proposals were written for each assignment, as the majority of contracts received were given on a competitive basis.

Projects by Writing Style

As a free lance writer, many projects are written for promotional purposes. This covers real estate sales, travel
brochures, restaurant and event advertisements.

Projects by Company Size
Small Business

Having owned a small Social Science consulting business, promotional material was especially important, particularly when attending large gatherings.

There were different methods to do this. However, the most popular was a personal card stapled to an attractive outline of the work already performed and the skills offered by myself. An example of this is given below.


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