It doesn’t take long to see that Rhonda is a fantastic collaborator. She’s full of ideas and approaches projects with an excitement that quickly propels the work forward. The Edmonton Heritage Council was looking to conduct research on places of significance to Edmonton’s Aboriginal communities, and it only took one meeting with Rhonda to settle on a unique angle and a firm process. Rarely does a collaborator maintain such strong communication throughout the process, but Rhonda kept conversations flowing about emerging difficulties, new ideas, and was happy to knock around options for the best route forward. Ultimately, she delivered pieces that were clean, crisp and on schedule—pieces that we’re proud to have as part of Edmonton Maps Heritage and the Edmonton City as Museum Project.
I have known Rhonda for several years. We worked together closely when she was an editor at NAIT, and we collaborated to write the printed program for the Words in 3D 2015 conference. Rhonda is a skilled editor with a keen focus on detail and accuracy. She is also a talented writer with an eye for intriguing stories about people and their place in the world. I would recommend Rhonda for any position where she would use these skills. Rhonda can also contribute to any team as a highly organized strategic problem solver and a collaborative colleague. She is dedicated to her work and approaches it with a critical eye and an open heart.
Freelance Writer and Editor
When our magazine (The Yards) needed a copyeditor pronto, I turned to Rhonda and couldn’t have been happier. Not only did she return all the manuscripts with lightening speed, they were carefully edited—truly the work of a close reader—and whenever it was called for, she pushed me and the writers for the last details or attributions that were overlooked. In short, Rhonda covered our arses.
Editor, The Yards Magazine
Rhonda taught me how to cite the endnotes, space out the reference numbers for the text and construct the bibliography. . . . She then completed the referencing and in addition made many useful suggestions regarding the actual text. I greatly appreciated both her diligence and her skill. . . . Rhonda’s edited citations and bibliography were accepted without criticism or significant changes. Rhonda’s own literary skill and her excellent command of English along with her promptness in completing the tasks with minimal delay deserve special mention.”
Allan Sherwin, Professor Emeritus, McGill University
Bridging Two Peoples: Chief Peter E. Jones, 1843-1909 (Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2012)
Rhonda has served as a peer-editor throughout our shared experiences in the graduate History program at university. She was critical in helping me edit my dissertation’s many drafts. She not only has an excellent grasp of grammar, but Rhonda’s particular skill as an editor is in her ability to see gaps in building an argument. Her sense for how to structure a strong piece of writing means that she can provide a writer with insight and suggestions beyond the more mundane placement of commas. This almost intuitive feel for how to develop writing means that she has been able to point my work in valuable directions I may never have considered otherwise. Because of her extensive experience reading and writing as a historian, she helped me develop my thought process in writing at least as much as she pointed out technical errors. I have trusted her with one of the most important documents of my professional life, and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for professional editing!
Kathyrn Steinhaus, Professor, Seminole State College
“Valkyrie: Gender, Class, European Relations and Unity Mitford’s Passion for Fascism” (McGill University Press, 2012)