“Better TV” for People Living with Dementia

As a Co-Founder and Content Director for Zinnia TV (https://www.zinniatv.com/) I design and create high quality, high interest, gently-paced videos intended to engage people living with dementia and provide connection to their care partners. 

Watching TV is a common activity for people living with dementia, but by the time a person reaches mid- to late-stage dementia, they are unlikely able to track a plot, follow rapidly moving images or audio, or tell fact from fiction. Regular TV often leads to boredom, confusion or agitation, and this results in greater care needs.

ZinniaTV viewers can follow their interests to watch calming forest and mountain scenes, go sailing, walk through Paris, or bake a pie. Care partners use videos to help assist with activities of daily living like waking up, getting dressed or eating lunch. Inspired by firsthand experiences caring for people living with dementia, ZinniaTV features meaningful and engaging content — ‘better TV’ for people who can no longer watch regular TV.

New Website for the Victoria Philharmonic Choir

In 2018 I created a new website for the Victoria Philharmonic Choir. Here’s how it looked before:

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And the rebranded site:

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The mandate was to make the site highly visible (literally and figuratively) to patrons of all ages — and to make it simple to buy tickets, sign up for updates, find more information or donate. By polishing the writing, refining the look and adding meaningful content such as buttons, engaging chorister images, a media gallery and countless links, we were able to deliver a far richer experience of the choir’s long-standing excellence.

I’m very proud of how the site turned out — thanks to the unflinching assistance of Choir Manager Sherry Lepage, aided by Webmasters Kathleen Sheffeld and Kathryn Tate. Hopefully it will inspire even more people to support the choir, and will document their evocative performances while capturing a bit of the joy they bring to their city.

Website for an Animal Intuitive

Heather Faris is an Animal Communicator. What’s that, you ask? I built a website to explain it: https://www.heatherconnects.com/

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For comparison’s sake, here is the only web presence she’d had previously: http://www.thehealingspacecalgary.com/associates/heather.html

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Blogging for the SFIFF Website

n spring of 2016 I was able to put together several blog posts for the 59th annual San Francisco International Film Festival, including this Q&A with six Bay Area filmmakers.


I also laid out this post on Mira Nair, this list of films in competition, and Pete Docter’s rant about Aardman Animations.

Website for West Coast Health Retreat

Vibrant Health Retreat

A few years earlier I whipped together this Retreat Website using WordPress.

Updates to a Public Radio Website in San Francisco


As a summer volunteer for KALW Public Radio in San Francisco, I populated their website with daily updates and wrote social media posts.

For example, in addition to writing the web version of Julie Caine’s story about a jazz-scatting scientist (above), I aggregated summaries of the weekend’s top news, did research, found and processed images, updated program information, and wrote posts for KALW’s Facebook page.

Here are other news digests I’d created while there:

September 28

August 24

July 13

June 29

June 15

Online Editor for the City of Calgary

For nearly a year I was the Online Editor for the Youth Employment website, assigning and contracting writers and photographers, and working with the website developers. I also contributed career features like these:

Nextsteps - acupuncture '04

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