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Calgary Work Experience

Mabuhay Calgary – The Philippine Magazine

Volunteer Features Writer

December 2007

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Calgary Chapter

Volunteer Events and Webinar Assistant

September 2007

Translation Work – English to Tagalog

September 2006 

Calgary Public Library

English ESL Conversations Volunteer Facilitator-Teacher

October 2004 – April 2006

  • Facilitated English conversation classes/workshops for participants (Immigrants, Non English Speaking Groups,)
  • Researched and prepared how to teaching materials as dictated by the CPL
  • Prepared practical "Life in Canada," visuals and auditory materials - on social, cultural and diversity issues.
  • Prepared programs designed to inform and motivate participants to converse and learn English

Calgary Multicultural Centre

Contract Writer/Administrative and Research Assistant/Translator, International Cultural Awareness Training Program (ICAT), Calgary, AB, October 2003-September 2004

  • Researched, wrote, edited and proofread three introductory country modules (Mexico, China and Colombia) for the oil and gas sector of Calgary
  • Researched, proofread, wrote and edited papers used on culture sensitivity, health and diversity trainings and presentations
  • Coordinated and supervised research work of approximately 30 volunteers from various ethnic groups and university students
  • Screened, evaluated volunteer researchers/research work for timely use in modules
  • Provided administrative and clerical assistance to the ICAT
  • Assisted and coordinated events planning for the centre (the First Calgary Multicultural Center’s Food Festival and Festival on 11th Street – June 27, 2004)

Calgary Multicultural Centre

Volunteer Administration, Research and Writing Assistant, Translator, International Cultural Awareness Training Program (ICAT), Calgary, AB, May-October 2003

Piperacx Incorporated

Office Assistant (family consultancy)

Calgary, AB, 2001-present

Education

Skills

Marketing and Sales

Worked as commission based- award winning career agent for Sun Life Financial for six years. Marketing life insurance plans and other financial products to individual consumers and groups.

Writing and Research

Excellent Writing and Language Skills; Advertorial; Copy; Features Writing; Facilitation and Cross-Cultural Training; Interviewing, Editing, Proofreading; Research; Home Design.

Architecture, Home Interiors, Government and non-government Fundraising; Blogging; Technical Writing;, Correspondence; Data Entry MS Word/Excel Essay Writing Fiction and Non Fiction Web and Online Content Writing, SEO, SEM Tagalog Romance and Travel Writing; Translation, Transcription Health, Fitness and Nutrition Google Docs

Writing, Editing, Proofreading Skills

Excellent and diverse, broad-based writing and interviewing skills across a wide range of topics and issues.

Excellent proofreading and writing skills for print (newspaper, magazine format) television, features, business, technical, advertorial and copy writing; government and non profit; literary fiction (short romance) and non fiction; internet research, web commercial/web content writing; SEO writing, travel writing; marketing and translation and transcription

Strong liaison and people skills (multi-cultural groups, non-profit and public organizations).

Excellent phone, coordination, evaluation, program management and organizational skills

Experienced with Windows, MS Office, Internet research data

Ability to process, document, research, compile, verify information as well as translate ideas into modules, reports, technical and feature stories

Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines

Persuasive and empathetic personality 23 years professional writing and research, translation work

Six years sales and marketing experience 

Two years English ESL Volunteer Teacher

References

Krystina Engleman

Web Editor, Wcities.com

San Francisco, Calif.

based worldwide information service provider

Jim Zang

Associate Publisher:

New Home Living Magazine

Condo Living Magazine

Certifications

Medical Office Certification

Bow Valley College

Objective

To obtain work as a freelance writer,  web content writer using writing skills. 

Interest

Travel, Writing, Blogging, Home Design, Home Interiors,  Architecture,  Yoga, Nutrition, Health, Fitness, Travel Writing, Cross Cultural Learning, Women's Perspectives, Non Profit Topics, Photography, Relationships, Shopping, Watching Classical Movies, Jazz and Bossa Nova

Links to Online Work

www.wcities.com

Restaurant Reviews:

Artisan Bistro: White Linen Dining

http://www.wcities.com/en/record/125,367212/91/record.html

Urban Baker: Hand Made Breads

http://www.wcities.com/en/record/125,368839/91/record.html

Nectar Desserts: Wine Coffee and Dessert Experience

http://www.wcities.com/en/record/125,368840/91/record.html

By Chance Studio - Form and Purpose in Ceramic Art

http://www.wcities.com/en/record/239,362792/91/record.html

www.calgaryplus.ca

Divine- Vintage Picks

http://www.calgaryplus.ca/home/divine/63409

NovaScotian Crystal Mouth Blown Hand Cut

http://www.calgaryplus.ca/home/novascotian_crystal_ltd/1077993

Uppercase Gallery - nspired by Graphic Design

http://www.calgaryplus.ca/home/uppercase_gallery/1082711

Doggywood- Little Dog House on the Prairie

http://www.calgaryplus.ca/shopping_services/doggywood_limited/1081034

www.thesoko.com

The Healing Art of Hot Yoga - Health & Fitness

http://thesoko.com/thesoko/article1686.html

How To Stay Healthy During a Long Flight - Health & Fitness

http://www.thesoko.com/thesoko/content.html?name=News&file=article&sid=1716

Getting Back in shape after the holidays - Health &Fitness

http://www.thesoko.com/thesoko/article1642.html 

www.calgaryherald

Finding Cure for Parkinson's A Family Affair

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/neighbours/story.html?id=caa03123-3781-4f70-aa35-fdfa626c24e6&p=1

Activities keep kids hopping

http://www.canada.com/topics/lifestyle/backtoschool/story.html?id=4bf358dc-2cb4-490c-88bf-a58ea5678bd0&p=2

NEW HOME LIVING ARTICLES

2006-Present

1. Verandah-with-a-view

2. An-inspired-lifestyle

3. Liiving-on-the-ridge

4. A sense-of-arrival

5. For-the-kids

6. In-your-corner

7. In-their-element 

8. Nicoletti-homes

9. Take-a-bough

10. Take-the-city-to-the-country 

11. Deserving-of-a-sam-award

12. Built-for-a-worthy-cause 

13. Going-the-extra-mile

14. An-exceptional-lifestyle

15. Signs-of-the-times

16. The-trico-story 

17.Heritage-home-meets-modern-abode

18. No-job-too-big 

19. Luxury by the Lakeside

20. The Leisurely Lifestyle

CONDO LIVING MAGAZINE ARTICLES 2006-Present

1. Independent-to-the-core 

2. Its-personal 

3. The-riverside-quays

4. A-centred-lifestyle

5.Synergy-in-kings-heights

6. Yankee-valley-dandy

7. The-montana-by-procura

8. A Natural Leed-er

9. Winds of Change

10. One-stop-shopping

11. Step-above-stepper-custom-homes

12. Sanderson-ridge

13. On the Edge of Contemporary

14. Breaking the Mould

15. Not Boxed In 

Philippine Writing/Work History

Sun Life Financial, Philippines

Career Sales Agent, Writer, Marketing Life Insurance Packages; features writing for Sun Life Magazine, 1995-2001

Technology Resource Centre, Philippines

Sr. Technical Features Writer/Scripwriter/Producer

1990-1996

  • Wrote/Produced/Edited over 25 Television business and marketing scripts (training and how to scripts – business, home, agriculture, small business, big business)
  • Researched, wrote, edited over 100 feature stories for two business magazines (Negosiyete - Business; Agrisiyete – Agriculture) –lifestyles, business, domestic and other issue
  • Interviewed over 100 resource persons for both television and magazine storie
  • Processed technical manuscripts for editing, writing and content readability
  • Documented and translated over 25 business and technical articles

Freelance Features Writer/Editor

1989-1996

Published fiction and non-fiction stories for the following magazines

  • Philippine Graphics Magazine
  • Women’s Journal Magazine
  • Woman’s Magazine
  • GP Singapore Magazine –Singapore based
  • Filipino Magazine

Short Novel Writing (Fiction) – Alternative Filipino (Tagalog) Literature – Love Story Category

Published Author Paglingon sa Kahapon,” (A look at the Past)

Published by Anvil Publishing, Manila, Philippines, 1993

Commissioned Features Writer, India, Women’s Feature Service, 1990-1993

Wrote commissioned reports/features for the Women’s Feature Service (India-based wire service) documenting women’s gender and feminist-centered advocacy in the context of WFS reporting guidelines for international journalism

Design and Architecture Magazine Commissioned Features Writer, 1996

Content writing based on Architecture and Design

GPS Singapore Magazine, Singapore, Commissioned Features Writer, 1995-1996

Wrote and edited features on travel, people news, business and culture

Calgary and US Work and Writing History

1. Calgary Herald, Special Projects Division

Freelance Features, Ad Copywriter

April 2006 – December 2006

2. Alberta Construction Magazine (ACM)

Freelance Technical Writer

Sample Link: http://i689.photobucket.com/albums/vv260/jasarmada/AspenAerogel-NanotechnologyoftheFut.jpg

3. Yellow Pages Group

CalgaryPlus.ca Freelance web copywriter/photographer

4. Yellow Pages Group Vertical Sites Freelance web writer

5. Business in Calgary Magazine (BIC)

Freelance writer/photographer

6. The New Home Living Magazine

Source Media - Freelance Features Writer/Interviewer/Photographer/Advertising Features

Various New Home Builder, Lifestyle, Profile Stories

7. The Condo Living Magazine

Source Media - Freelance Features Writer/Interviewer/Photographer/Advertising Features

November 2006-2012 

Various Builder, Lifestyle, Profile Stories

8. The Soko.com – Women’s Lifestyles Website

Web Lifestyle Content writer – Health and Fitness

9. Wcities Website – Worldwide Cities Site

Web content ad copy writer – Travel, Tourism, Places, Shopping, Lifestyle

December 2007 – 2010

Online Link: www.realtravel.com

Caffe Artigiano write-up

http://realtravel.com/a-51700-vancouver_attraction-caffe_artigiano

10. The WIP - Women's International Perspective

Freelance Contributor; www.http://thewip.net/

http://www.thewip.net/contributors/jasmin_soarmada.html

December 2008 -  present

11. The Fundamentals of Intercultural Effectiveness Online Course

May 2011

12. Canadian Foreign Service Institute, Centre for Intercultural Learning

Pre-departure course for Canadian workers assigned to work in another country

Facilitator

May 2011 - Present 

13. Piperacx Lts.

Director/Assistant

April 2001- Present

14. Tagalog Romance Writer

Jan 2012 - Present

Currently at work on a novel 

Wordpress Blog:    http://jasarmada.wordpress.com

Blogspot: Jas Armada's Works: http://jasarmada.blogspot.com/