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.  I became a Virtual Assistant, helping to create and maintain my clients’ websites, doing document design and editing, creating book indexes, and doing photo editing.  

I’ve been an artist since my early teens, and became a photographer when I got my first digital camera.  I learned to scan in artwork, and taught myself image editing using Corel Paintshop Pro.  I created and maintain databases of my artwork and my digital photos.  Meanwhile, having been married to a musician for 40 years, I learned to design music CD covers and promo materials, created and maintain a database of original music titles and albums, and taught myself to set up and maintain a musician’s account on Bandcamp.com.  

SOFTWARE:  The software I use includes:  Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, Publisher and Outlook); Corel Paintshop Photo Pro 2018; NoteTab Light; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome; and 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:   $20/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 (from Digby to 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 (see the Contact Dustwood Media page) – I check back frequently.