bio

Laurie McConnell (nee Irvine)
Born Edmonton Alberta, moved to Richmond BC in 1966.
Resident of Sechelt, on BC’s Sunshine Coast, since 1987.

  • Graduate, McNair High School, Richmond BC.
  • Certificate of Journalism, Kwantlen College, Richmond
  • 2 years University Transfer, Langara College, Vancouver
    Creative Writing & Art History majors
  • 10 years Production Management, community newspapers Sunshine Coast
  • 4 years Executive Healthcare Recruiting
  • 13 years Publishing/Editing with Bigpacific.com – writing, photography, blogging, multimedia, design
  • 13 years Web Design and Development with my own web company, Bad Dog Design Inc.
  • 1 year Technology Blogging, BigpacificMedia.com (formerly Grok the Net)

Community Work:

Skills/Experience:

  • Writing of many types and styles – journalism, fiction, poetry, feature articles, business topics
  • Photography – Nikon D70 digital SLR, HD Digital Camcorder, Kodak HD mobile digital camcorder, iPhone for mobile blogging and social networking and on-site immediate multimedia content generation
  • Design and Production – Adobe CS Suite, Pagemaker, Quark Express, MacPages
  • Online – Content Management Systems (WordPress specialization), hundreds of applications both desktop and cloud-based for individual and collaborative work; Search Engine Optimization (SEO) including article writing, press release broadcasts, reciprocal linking programs
  • Public speaking/Teaching – technology, content creation, social networking, storytelling

INTERESTING ASIDES & AREAS OF FOCUS:

  • Came out as a gay woman in 1996. Now co-parenting two girls aged 9 & 14 with my partner of two years, Diane Mueller and my XMan Gerry McConnell. Active in the GLBT community both locally and in Vancouver.
  • Have lived in metropolitan cities and small rural communities. The differences and similarities are a passion.
  • Motorcyclist, lover of ‘road trips’.
  • Interested in the intersection of travel and technology.
  • Passionate about coastal communities and ways of life.
  • GLBT travel/lesbian travel with children is a strong focus at this time.
  • Community development and concepts around altruism in community living captures my interest.
  • Type II diabetic, sober traveler. Alternative travel around health and holistic approaches and how to transition from a ‘mainstream’ lifestyle is a current topic.