Interactive Resume

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Cymbria Wood is a freelance writer,
designer, and creativity consultant based in Calgary, Canada


For surprisingly uncensored adventures in creative living, and more information about her creative services, click through to Cymbria’s blog at BlankCanvasLiving.com

EDUCATION
2006 Flat pattern & Clothing construction Algonquin College (A+ ave.)
2004 Writing workshop with Rick Taylor (ungraded)
2001-2002 Carleton University Bachelor of Industrial Design (A+ ave.)
1994-2001 Immaculata High School (95% graduating ave.)

WORK EXPERIENCE
2007-2015 Supervisor of printing and document management at Matrix Geoservices Ltd.
-Receptionist duties, document management, filing, organizing, bringing humor and creativity to the office environment, troubleshooting office equipment (printers, plotters, folding machines)

Design Commissions
-Dress design commissions (from consultation to final construction), Christian Cross-Stitch, kids crafting and game design commissions, high school mascot, high school uniform poster, Christmas window dressing for Mother Tongue Books

Apron Jobs 
2005-2007 Cashier at Home Depot (Ottawa)
-Cashier duties, memorizing codes, greeting customers, concentration on precision

2004-2005 Floor Associate at Michaels Arts & Crafts (Ottawa)
-Problem solving for customers, creating uplifting interactions, downstocking, organizing shelves, holding product demos, memorizing product locations and details

2003-2004 Sandwich Artist at Subway (Ottawa)
-Mastering the delicate art of ‘la sandwiche’, building relationships with customers, cashier duties

Freelance Writing
Calgary Fashion
November 2009 “Open Your Purse, Opens Hearts”
-How often do you see a well built man in his underwear lay down his purse, ever so gently, and hit the floor for a vigorous set of clap pushups? Event review of the YWCA of Calgary’s first annual celebrity purse auction and fashion show (785 words + Photos)

December 2009 “Fleur Féminine’s ‘Love Collection”
-The launch of Fleur Féminine’s ‘Love Collection’, November 13th, at Naked proves just as intimate and enticing as the wording suggests. Launch review of Canada’s first designer line for sizes 12-24 (306 words + photos)

January 2010 “A Stitch in Time”
-A Calgary handbag designer launches her first collection during a city crippling blizzard. Bow Trail was covered in black ice that night, but Sabra Mottram’s handmade leather creations were even slicker (490 words)

The Globe and Mail
April 2007 “An SOS from the land of self-scan”
-A humourous examination how current self-scan technology is failing both its users and operators, written from an industrial design perspective. (906 words)

The Ottawa Citizen
May 2007 “Ottawa’s largest closet” (scheduled for Style Section)
-Exploring The Ottawa Little Theatre’s wardrobe through an interview with the lucky woman who runs it (738 words)

April 2007 “It’s in the mail”
-Six Ottawa authors share their views on the importance of hand written letters (848 words)

September 2006 “Tweak to chic”
-Profile of Ottawa design duo who turn used clothes into wearable art (539 words)

The Calgary Sun
“Pedestrian point of View” November 29, 2010
-Letter to the editor encouraging Calgary drivers to give winter pedestrians a ‘margin for error’ (98 words)

Business Writing/Creative Problem Solving
June 2011 Complete website text for The Remodelers: Calgary’s Home Renovators

April 2011 Entry interview/writeup for nominee for 2011 Business in Calgary Magazine Leaders of Tomorrow Awards
Note: Nominee selected as one of Calgary’s top 20 business leaders of tomorrow!

February 2009 Independent manuscript editing for Writer’s Guild of Alberta (WGA) Calgary Prose Writers Group

April 2008 Design/review of marketing plan for Aristocraft Imports (wholesale beads)

January 2007 Augmented and edited text for Covell Homes commercial website

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERING
2009-2015 The Papertrail
-Founded and organized program that delivers unused office paper and cut-offs from data-processing firms to downtown Calgary daycares for student art projects

2007-present Writer’s Guild of Alberta(WGA) Calgary Prose Writers Group

2001-2002 The Glebe Center
-Started reading group for residents, designed and created personalized placemats

2000-2001 Caring Cake Workshops
-Founded and ran program giving free cake decorating workshops at women’s shelters

2000 Tulip Festival Youth Committee
-Helped plan Major’s Hill Park area for youth and organize a youth fashion show of young Ottawa designers, as well as designing the festival’s “Youth Zone” logo

1998 Winterlude Fashion Avalanche
-Created mini-collection for Winterlude fashion show on Parliament Hill

SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS
2001 Canada Millennium Excellence Scholarship
2001 Top Bracket Carleton Entrance Scholarship
2001 English Department Graduation Award
2001 Leonardo DaVinci Award for Innovation
2001 Edward J. Cuhaci & Associates Architects Award for Design
2001 Aiming For The Top Tuition Scholarship
2001 Johnsons Inc. Scholarship
2001 90%ile in Waterloo Chemistry Competition
2001 Junior & Senior School Letters
2000 Honorable Mention in Industrial Design Competition sponsored by Carleton University
2000 First Prize in Tulip Festival Young Designers Fashion Show

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5 Responses to Interactive Resume

  1. lynn & rachael says:

    awesome interactive resume- this would be neat to do for a job application! interesting to check out the different things you’ve done- I love the apron jobs! shows your sense of humour. You are seriously talented! Bravo!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Cymbria,

    The couch story has me on the edge of my cushion. What’s going to happen? And really amazing resume idea. I like that.

  3. Giselle says:

    what is an apron job?

  4. Cymbria says:

    Hi Giselle!
    …an apron job is any job that requires you to cover your identity and serve customers from behind and apron/logo-laden uniform – grim. I’m sure most have us have been there. I barely got out alive! Just click on the “click for visual” to see the horror show!

  5. […] design paper gauges for our two giant printers, I was thrilled; especially considering that despite my background, I’ve deliberately chosen a job that strictly confines me to rolling said paper when it comes […]

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