Catherine Buckie

Professional communicator


  • plain language consultant
  • media relations consultant
  • promotional writer
  • journalist

23 years of experience writing on a wide range of subjects for a general public audience

Member of PLAIN, Plain Language Association InterNational

“Clear writing in plain language saves time, money, and lives.”


2006-present: Independent plain language writing consultant, self-employed

2009: Atlantic Regional Communications Representative, CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), short-term contract

2003-2006: Media relations consultant for provincial election campaigns, NSNDP (Nova Scotia New Democratic Party), short-term contracts

2005-2007: Backfill for CBC online journalist, CBC Online, casual as-needed

2000-2006: freelance writer, self-employed

1987-1993: reporter, Montreal Gazette

Nova Scotia Government Experience

I have written web copy, brochures, and booklets for the following Nova Scotia government departments:

  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Health Promotion and Protection
  • Natural Resources
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Communications Skills

  • writing with an emphasis on plain language
  • creating and implementing communications strategies
  • reading and speaking French fluently
  • stakeholder communications
  • media relations
  • social media
  • document layout

Computer Skills


  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Adobe
  • Outlook
  • GroupWise
  • iNews
  • Brazilweb


  • Pages
  • Mail
  • iCal
  • iPhoto
  • iTunes

Volunteer Experience

September 2010 to present:  Editor of Splash, the Dartmouth Crusaders Swim Club’s weekly newsletter

2004-2009: Grade 6-8 catechism teacher at St. Peter’s Parish, Dartmouth

2002-2006: member of Conseil d’École Consultatif, École Bois-Joli, Dartmouth

2000-2004: member of Foyer-École, École Bois-Joli holding various positions including secretary and project chair


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