Born in Montreal but raised on Laval's Green Island, Evelyn defected back to Montreal by her mid-teens and swapped mother tongues at least twice.
From nightclub to live show reviews, film critiques to workplace psychology reports, Evelyn has been covering Montreal-centric features with a universal slant, and vice versa since her first stint as an arts and entertainment editor at The Concordian in 1997.
Among other gigs, she went on to get published several times in Montreal weekly The Mirror (now called Cult Montreal), won a Canada Arts Council grant to fund research into Shedding Light, a project to discover the truth behind her mother's life and death, was shortlisted for a Quebec Writer's Federation nonfiction competition in late 2006 on the same subject, and had photography published in Elle Magazine, U.S edition.
With production credits in National Film Board documentary films including Jutra-nominated Au Pays des Colons -an uncensored take on Quebec's agricultural development policies during the Great Depression- Evelyn also worked in industrial psychology with a team of psychologists specializing in succession planning, executive level coaching, executive personality analysis, and behavior prediction.
Prior to that, she worked in psychosocial public policy research, assisting multidisciplinary teams with research on subjects as varied as sleep, chronic fatigue syndrome, and the impact of physical disability on academic success, earning co-author credits in peer-reviewed publications as young as age 19, an exceedingly rare feat in academia.
An early start in research design coupled with an unusual talent for super facial recognition, microexpression detection, and body language analysis set the stage for a brilliant career in behavioral sciences or medicine cut short by economic forces outside of her control, notably the Canada Pension Plan's refusal to grant her over six years of entitled Orphan's benefits which would have covered her educational expenses without burdening taxpayers. These benefits come from a dead parent's unused federal pension plan contributions which, in practice, are supposed to give the surviving child the financial means to access academic and career opportunities to which peers with families supporting their education are privileged and often take for granted.
In addition to dozens of guest appearances on live television, broadcast news, and radio, Evelyn was also a weekly contributor at The Beat of Montreal 92.5 FM in 2014 and 2015 , Montreal's #1 English FM radio station at the time, joining Weekend Breakfast show host Shaun McMahon every Saturday or Sunday morning to share with listeners what one event is happening in the city that they won't want to miss, complete with insider advice.
D.E.C. in Commerce.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
From covering the latest, hottest festival in town to helping Montrealers understand their rights to hunting for the best breakfast within city limits to letting locals in on a few of my chic-on-a-budget tricks, I cover the whats, whens, wheres and whys of this city.
And I love it.
There is simply no place like Montreal anywhere else in the world. From our bilingual and multicultural landscape -honestly, where else can you speak Frenglish- to our vibrant communities, there is so much to know and do in Montreal, it's exhilarating! It's also exhausting just keeping track of it all, so let me take care of that for you.
For residents, for people relocating, for anyone and for everyone with a soft spot for the most European city in North America, welcome to your guide to Montreal!
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