Ministry of Makeshift
Bringing projects to life, resourcefully.

What kind of projects?

Projects for places we love! I work with clients in the US and Canada to engage, educate, and strengthen at the neighbourhood level.

Legacy Projects

Transforming your generosity into community projects with a real impact and story worth sharing.

Knowledge Translation

Making complex issues approachable through word, photo, audio, and video.

Shared Space Design

Creating spaces that people connect to using quick, frugal, and beautiful installations.

Public Engagement

Helping neighbours build the capacity, connection, and enthusiasm to shape their city.

Work

A selection of projects I've worked on. Thank you to my coaches, team mates, professors, and clients over the years.

IncDev Alliance

Full Service

The Summer Institute

Full Service

Strong Towns Videos

Knowledge Translation

Places I Don't Want to Sit

Shared Space Design, Engagement, Translation

Welcome Home Vision

Legacy, Translation, Engagement

Vote Mobs

Engagement

About

Where I'm coming from.

  • 2008-2011

    It all started with climate change

    I came of age knowing that climate change threatens that which we take for granted. So in my undergrad years at the University of Guelph, I took action by leading a national climate rally and organizing flash campaigns with the help and encouragement of my friends. I had to learn a lot on the fly, including online mobilizing, working with volunteers, PR, and basic web development. Organizing taught me the skills to complement all I learned in theory.

  • Summer 2011

    Introduction to entrepreneurship

    After years of activism, I was curious about positive citizenship in the for-profit world. I had the chance to learn by doing with The Next 36 entrepreneurship accelerator in Toronto. In 2011, I joined three co-founders to create a mobile app while studying business. The experience taught me a lot about myself, about working on a team, about living in a big city, about power and responsibility, and about the challenges of starting a company.

  • 2012-2013

    Cities on the mind

    Throughout it all, I found my mind locked on the economies, design, and political impact of cities. I saw that cities have the power to take action that would be untenable at a national or international level. So I left the business in the hands of my co-founders and got back to the books. I interned at a think tank while researching and writing about the ways suburbs can reimagine themselves. I graduated from the University of Guelph as the 2012 Winegard Medalist and went on to the University of Cambridge to study policies and programs for places in decline. I wrote my thesis on commercial farming within cities and suburbs and graduated with distinction (MPhil Planning, Growth, and Regeneration).

  • 2013-2016

    Action research

    Then I moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick because I wanted to better understand the realities and strengths of small cities in a global economy. I committed myself to learning through action and observation how homebuddies (good neighbours) transform a place. Writing about that process introduced me to city builders across North America, who I'm now lucky to call my colleagues.

  • NOW

    Setting down roots

    Living in the Maritimes clarified what I value most in life - a bittersweet realization because it meant I needed to leave a place I love and be closer to family. So my husband and I found another place to love in Kitchener, close to home. I now collaborate with the US-based Incremental Development Alliance to support small-scale development projects rooted in community. I help people who love their neighbourhoods to create new value, life, and connection through property development. Hence, "projects for places we love."

Contact

Please get in touch if you'd like to work with me.