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Background and Experience

I pride myself on being a seasoned Administrative Professional who spent a large part my career in the corporate world, but that world is definitely changing. I've taken the culmination of what I've learned in that corporate life, invested in some updating of those skills (and even learned a few really fun new ones) and turned it all into a Virtual Assistant business that I've been operating happily and successfully since 2009. 

My extensive background includes producing newsletters (first print then electronic), typesetting & layout of technical manuals and books, creating and managing databases,  preparing presentations, organizing and planning both world-wide and local conferences and events, scheduling travel arrangements, and preparing extensive business and personal travel itineraries both for visitors to Vancouver, and for many other destinations around the world.  I have acted in various Administrative roles for the past 20 years, most recently for a large energy shipping company and was largely responsible for the revamping and documentation of the administrative processes in their Investor Relations department, and creation of policies & procedures for their three subsequently launched public entities.

A little about me.....

I was recently interviewed on being a Virtual Assistant by Digismartz - a Virtual Assistant Membership out of the USA - to read my interview - please click here.

Please feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile here for more detailed information, but here's a little summary:

20+ years administrative experience at both the Administrative and Executive Assistant levels:

  • My career as an administrative assistant began (quite by accident) in 1989 at Office Equipment Inc. (later Canon Canada) in Ottawa, Ontario. (yes - there is an interesting story there too...)
  • Prior to launching Your Versatile VA in 2009, I most recently was the Administrative Assistant to the VP Finance, and Finance Department; and Admin/Coordinator for Investor Relations for a multi-national energy shipping company since January of 2001.  I also acted as back up to the Executive Assistant to the CFO.  

20+ years desktop publishing and word processing experience.

  • This is not my first foray into the world of self-employment, having operated a successful desktop publishing business in Ottawa, beginning in 1992, until I was hired on full-time by one of my clients in 1996.  I did however, maintain a few of my clients even after returning to the “corporate world” until I relocated to British Columbia in 2000.

My experience extends to a variety of different industries and sectors including:

  • Federal Government
  • Human Resources
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine Transportation
  • Finance
  • Energy

9 years experience planning international and local events:

  • Major events organized in locations such as: Las Vegas, NV; Nassau, Bahamas; and Whistler, BC.  I was able to attend and oversee the execution of these events and act as on-site coordinator after planning all aspects of the event.
  • Locations where the budget simply didn't allow my attendance: New York, London, rural England, Seoul, South Korea and Hamburg, Germany.  This meant anticipating problems before they occurred and ensuring a "Plan B" contingency was already in place due to the time difference between the venue and Vancouver.
  • These events ranged from single-day, single activity events for groups as small as 12, to the larger multi-day, multi-venue events for up to 120 delegates, where additional travel arrangements to the venues had to be arranged n conjunction with varying flights and attendance at event activities.       

  14 years experience planning live and virtual events:

  • Planning of Conference calls/events for a NYSE listed company. (i.e. Quarterly earnings calls, investor calls, investor events) 
  • Organization, setup of registration and provision of technical support for online classrooms (Webex)
  • Organization, setup of registration, provision of technical support and recording of webinars (GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar. InstantTeleseminar, EasyWebinar)


   Continuing Education:

 Course / Seminar       
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • FrontPage/Web Design Seminar (Tailored 1-on-1 course over 3 days)
  • HTML/Web Design - Griffin Computer Training
  • Count Me In - Customer Relations Seminar
  • The Write Stuff - UBC Continuing Education
  • Fundamentals of Finance & Accounting for Administrative Professionals - Canadian Management Centre
  • Project Management - The George Washington University
  • Caring for Customers and Colleagues (Customer Relations Course)
  • Communicating with Diplomacy, Discretion & Influence - Canadian Management Centre
  • How to Say "NO" at work and still keep your job - American Management Association
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Time Management - UBC Continuing Education
  • "The Techie VA" Program which included:
    • 1Shopping Cart - Expert Cart Class - Certified
    • Infusionsoft Bootcamp - Completed 2012
    • Expert Ezines - Completed Dec 2012
    • Expert Product Launch - Dec 2012

Recent Certifications:


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