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DOUGLAS HICTON

416-533-5816
douglashicton@mac.com
www.douglashicton.com

WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE

• Creative, award-winning copywriting

• Fast, perfect editing and proofreading (Oxford UP, Canadian Press, U of Chicago styles)

• Good eye for design



EMPLOYMENT (a relevant selection)

I have had a wide variety of jobs throughout my career, and the most satisfying of them were spent working with words. This résumé only lists those positions that were word-related. In the most recent ones, a major part of the job meant the handling of sensitive and confidential medical information


Freelance editor
CARPENTERS' DISTRICT COUNCIL OF ONTARIO, Toronto, 2013—present
Duties: summarizing and timelining injury and disability claims for presentation to the Workplace Safety & Insurance

Board; drafting correspondence.

Medical transcriptionist

DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, TORONTO EAST GENERAL HOSPITAL, Toronto 2006

Duties: transcribing medical notes via dictatyping using the Cerner system.


PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY MEDICINE, MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL, Toronto, 2005
Duties: transcribing biopsy reports, cataloguing and filing of 20 years of back cases of foetal autopsies. Six-month contract.


PATHOLOGY, SUNNYBROOK & WOMEN'S COLLEGE HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE, Toronto, 2002–05

Duties: transcribing dictated biopsy and autopsy reports to the CoPath database; attending to the requisition filing system; separation and distribution of reports; reception. On contract.


Administrative assistant

CENTRE FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH, CLARKE SITE, Toronto, 1999–2000

Duties: admitting patients, dictation services and editing, office setup, occasional Emergency reception, clerical duties, form and sign design. On contract.


Creative Director

CHFI-FM98/680NEWS, Toronto, 1993–94

Duties: supervising and charting a new course for the Creative Department; writing and voicing commercials, and logging them for broadcast; consultation with clients; preparation and improvement of ad agency materials.


Advertising copywriter, producer, voicer

CKCK-AM/CKIT-FM, Regina SK, 1989–91

Duties: preparing ad copy, consulting with clients, selecting appropriate music and sound effects; supervising commercial production and logging commercials for broadcast. Also, writer-host-researcher-producer-engineer for “Nights on Broadway”; host of “Big Band Saturday Night”; film critic, “Pick of the Flicks”.


Editor-proofreader

WEIGL EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHERS, Regina SK, 1988–89

Duties: fact-checking, proofreading, and editing for style Canada and Its Pacific Neighbours (a Grade 7 Social Studies text for Alberta and Saskatchewan Departments of Education); inputting and proofreading various textbooks (K---10).


Research assistant

PROF. MARTIN L KOVÁCS, DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF REGINA, 1977–1988

Duties: assistance in preparing papers for scholarly conferences; grading papers; editing and consulting in matters of

style; preparing sociohistorical book manuscripts for publication, for instance, Peace and Strife: Some Aspects of the

History of a Canadian Prairie Settlement (Kipling District Historical Society, 1984).





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I have also done a considerable amount of freelance writing, editing, and proofreading in amongst the above jobs, and here is some of the stuff of which I am the most proud:


Ad writer, voice-over artist, jingle writer

    CD-ROM, Energizer Home Safety (character narration, English version), Microforum, Inc 

    Oliver's Restaurants (Jump, Bofinger, Chapeau) 

    CBC Television "Go Public" national radio campaign


Correspondent

     eyeWEEKLY, Toronto, 1993–2002

From 1993, book reviews; since May 1997, theatre reviews.


Editor

     2008 Annual Report, Casey House

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS

JEOPARDY! Tournament of Champions, 2007, 1st Runner-up.

Orson Welles Award “for outstanding creativity in radio commercial production”, New York, 1989.

Dominion Drama Festival Award, “Best Characterization”, 1983.


GUILD AFFILIATION

Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) since 1997.


ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

• Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications (BAJC) with Distinction, University of Regina, 1982;

• BA, major in Music Composition, Orchestration, and Arranging, University of Regina, 1984.


AND…

I have composed and arranged music since age eight, and in addition to the work outlined above, I've found time to write four stage musicals and two film scores, and I’m at work on yet another show. Two of these musicals premiered in July 2001, one in Saskatchewan, the other a week later in New York City. The Saskatchewan musical also aired on CBC Radio in December 2002 and April 2003.  


Trivia has been very good to me. As of right now, I’m the highest Canadian money-winner in JEOPARDY! history.


I've also directed, designed, and performed in about 30 plays, including benefits for AIDS and other causes. In nearly every election since 1981, I've worked as a Deputy Returning Officer, Site Supervisor, and/or Enumerator (Elections Canada, Elections Saskatchewan, Elections Ontario).



THIS IS MY VOICE DEMO


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