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A few words about Bill Horne
I was sent to Hanoi in 2010 by my employer at the time, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, to represent HQ at an international conference on avian and pandemic influenza preparedness planning. Following the conference, my wife and I enjoyed a holiday touring in Vietnam.
Born in Windsor Ontario, I discovered my love of English in Grade Five, when I was the designated English teacher for students coming from foreign lands.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics at the University of Windsor, and doing graduate study in Political Science, I began a 30-year career as a manager with Bell Canada, retiring at the Director level in 1995. Since then, I have worked as a consultant with Nortel, with two NGOs, and with CMHC as a web writer and editor, as well as completing many freelance writing and editing assignments.
In December 2005 I began working on a full-time contract with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, now Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, in the Foreign Affairs Communications Bureau. I retired at the end of March 2014, as Program Manager, Business Continuity Planning and Pandemic Preparedness. In all my various careers, writing has played a significant role. From regulatory documents to government websites to newsletters and sales brochures, I have always been happiest working with words.
I have extensive writing experience with newspapers, radio, advertorials, websites, brochures, sales training scripts, personal and family histories, and more. I have edited novels, scholarly papers, newsletters, etc. For my own personal writing, I enjoy creating short humourous pieces loosely based on real life experiences.
I am a member of the Association of Personal Historians, a Past President of the Ottawa Independent Writers, and Past President of a Business Network International chapter. I am also a former member of SPELL, the Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature. I serve on the Board of Artswell, and am the long-term organizer of a community community 5k Cancer Chase walk and run in September.
Other passions include competitive running, cycling, community service and international politics.