About Dustwood Media.


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Come to Dustwood Media for the expertise you need so you can focus on what you do best!  

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE: I got my start on computers in 1986.  I worked for many years in office jobs from file clerk to executive secretary and office manager.  Meanwhile, as an artist married to a musician, I gained experience in using my images to design music CD covers as well as a variety of promotional materials.  I taught myself computer image editing, and added photo editing when I discovered the wonderful world of digital cameras.  I have extensive experience in graphic design, creating everything from websites and social media profiles to brochures and catalogues.  Almost from the beginning I found myself helping others with their computers – first co-workers, then clients.  

I’m a certified Microsoft Office Specialist with expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel and Publisher 365.  I have over 30 years of experience in artwork, office work and on computers, and 12 years of photo editing experience.  I’m experienced in setting up and maintaining LinkedIn and YouTube accounts, and WordPress blogs and websites.

SOFTWARE:  The software I use includes:  Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, Publisher and Outlook); Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X9; NoteTab Light; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome; Windows 10.

EDUCATION:  3 ½ years in university as a Fine Arts major; a one-year certificate in Bookkeeping; continuing education courses including MS Office Specialist, Focused Marketing, Goal Setting, Knock-Your-Socks-Off Customer Service, The Quality Advantage, and How To Manage Projects, Priorities & Deadlines.  Self-taught in Microsoft Office, Corel Paintshop Photo Pro, desktop publishing, art (pencil and coloured pencil), digital photography and image/photo editing.


Dustwood Media is a one-person home business.  All of my clients get personal attention.  More than just a “hired gun”, I feel that I am a member of my clients’ team.

LOCATION:  Dustwood Media is located at 4752 Highway 1 Unit 6, Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia, right next to the town of Annapolis Royal.

RATES:  Virtual Assistant services:   $18/hr.  (Prices are in Canadian dollars)

TERMS:  Services are invoiced monthly and payment is due on receipt; or the client can pre-purchase a block of time.  Pre-Paid Blocks expire after 1 year.  I accept cheques, money orders, e-transfers and PayPal payments.

INITIAL CONSULTATION:  Before we begin working together we will discuss your needs in a free personal consultation (in person or via phone or email).

WORKSITE:  I work in person with clients in the Annapolis Royal area of Nova Scotia (Digby, Clementsvale, Bear River, Annapolis Royal, Bridgetown), although I can also work virtually (via email, phone, and mail) with clients anywhere in Canada.  I usually work from my own home office.

HOURS:  Dustwood Media is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time – that’s 1 hour later than Eastern time), Monday to Friday.  If I happen to be out of the office, leave a phone message or email – I check back frequently.