Praise

“Marlene’s talent for jumping in, getting up to speed, offering insights and writing great content was instrumental in producing one of the best annual reports Imagine Canada has ever had. Her professionalism, collaborative nature, inquisitiveness and creative style allowed her to work seamlessly as an extension of our communications team on an important project during a very busy time. She is an absolute joy to work with!”

Marnie A. Grona / Director, Marketing & Communications / Imagine Canada

“A gem! That’s the easiest way to describe working with Marlene. The process is seamless, and she has utmost concern for quality, character and business acumen, that translates into stunning stories. She’s helped us develop four compelling stories on charities that are doing wonderful work for their clients. I have found her thoughtfulness and genuine care about the subjects translate into compelling and meaningful stories that will engage our audience; helping our organization profile great people for great causes.”

Sarah McPherson / Director, Communications & Development / Oakville Community Foundation

“Marlene developed fabulous copy for a suite of promotional materials for an important campaign. The copy was creative, strategically aligned with what we want to achieve and informed our approach to design. And the process of working with Marlene infused a renewed interest in the subject internally!”

Sherry Calder / Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications / Canadian Diabetes Association

“In January 2014, we were fortunate to have Marlene present at one of Maytree’s Five Good Ideas sessions. Her workshop on how to build nonprofit communications capacity was a big success – with 125 people in the room and an additional 50 participants online (which made it one of the largest sessions ever). The room was buzzing and the overwhelmingly positive reviews from the participants prove how successful a session it was. But Marlene was more than just an accomplished presenter. Leading up to the workshop, she was incredibly responsive and actively participated in the planning of the session. She approached us with new ideas on how to structure the two-hour workshop and gave us some interesting tips on how to engage the audience (both the ones in the room and those participating in the webcast). Her engagement didn’t stop with the end of the presentation. In the following two weeks, she published five blog posts summarizing her presentation and adding more learnings and resources. So, yes, I would definitely recommend Marlene as a workshop presenter and speaker. She will leave you with ideas that can change the way you work (or see your work).”

Markus Stadelmann-Elder / Director of Communications / Maytree Foundation

“Marlene was so easy to work with to help me design a staff newsletter. This was a project I had been putting off as I didn’t know how to start. Marlene walked me through the process, step by step, involving me in the outline and design to meet the needs of my workplace.  She listened to those needs and we worked together to achieve our goal of creating a simple but effective communication tool. Marlene was great to work with, very friendly, easy-going and very professional!”

Carol Petryschuk / Program Manager / Dufferin Area Family Health Team

“I approached Marlene to write web copy after weeks of trying to get the process started on my own but finding myself getting more and more frustrated. Marlene’s ability to break down the process and make it simple was such a relief. Working together we identified key audiences so that she could focus on engaging and persuasive copy. I learned a lot from Marlene’s expertise and am very happy with the resulting web copy.”

Laurie Schertzer / Director of Communications / Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund

“Marlene came highly recommended from a few industry colleagues. As a result, I recruited Marlene’s freelance services for a couple of writing projects in 2010. Marlene was very thorough in gathering the information she required to complete the pieces and was quick to pick up the voice of the organization. I would definitely recommend Marlene’s services, and welcome the opportunity to work with her again in the future.”

Lesley Kisil Ciciretto / National Communications Specialist / Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

“I most definitely would like to work with Marlene again. She is so easy to work with, she is deadline/deliverables oriented, but most important, she was able to cut through our complexity & confusion and tease out what was really important.”

Nancy Bennett / Director, Development, Marketing & Communications / Child Development Institute

“Marlene’s teaching/ presentation style is great. Her training is well-paced and she is very knowledgeable and engaging.”

Adriane Beaudry / Manager, Volunteer Engagement and Programming / Volunteer MBC

“Marlene has the great ability to quickly understand the scope of the project at hand, and what is required to create a well written piece from the start. She consistently delivers her assignments on time, ensuring it is done with integrity. Marlene is flexible to work with, always offering a different perspective and provides creative options to any assignment. I enjoy working with Marlene because she completely manages every component of the research process, and presents a refined, succinct and well written document.”

Christine Tse / Marketing Manager / Metro Toronto Convention Centre

“Marlene has written a number of key speeches for me over the years. She frames my messages and vision in words that make a meaningful connection with each audience: from leadership volunteers to scientists, community groups to policy makers.”

Michael Howlett / President / Mental Health Commission of Canada

“With little direction, Marlene researched and wrote several terrific articles for Thrive, a new health and wellness magazine published by The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation. She quickly understood our brand, worked within our organization’s style guidelines, and wrote engaging copy directly aimed to our readers. Her professionalism and attention to details were appreciated but more importantly, she delivered high quality work on deadline.”

Suzanne Hallsworth / Director, Marketing & Communications / The Credit Valley Hospital Foundation

“Marlene’s experience and skill set is exactly what the Canadian Liver Foundation needed in order to bring to life our corporate solicitation materials. The Canadian Liver Foundation was looking for a writer who would be able to effectively synthesize the numerous complex issues related to liver disease and who could weave in a compelling message and call to action for all Canadians. Not only is her work top-notch, but she sticks to deadlines and is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Christina Beyer Sharp / Vice President, Fundraising / Canadian Liver Foundation