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sharon in saugatuck sand dunesSharon Oosthoek is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes about science and the environment.  Her work has appeared in New Scientist, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, cbc.ca, Maclean’s, Reader’s Digest and Science News for Students.

Sharon has more than 25 years experience working for daily newspapers, magazines, online news services and non-governmental organizations.  Before becoming a freelancer in 2002, she was a reporter for The Hamilton Spectator for 10 years covering social trends, education and crime. She’s also the author of Kate’s Story, a book and CD about a young girl from Dundas, ON whose life changed dramatically the day she found out she had cancer.

Her communications work includes newsletter and website writing for the Council of Ontario Universities, the Alzheimer Society, the University of Toronto, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Family Service Toronto and others.

For Centennial College, Sharon not only taught corporate communications students how to write news releases and newsletters, she profiled faculty,  alumni and students for the college’s website.

Sharon is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Canadian Science Writers’ Association.