Eclectic's Team

Marie Antaya

When writing, focus 100% on the reader and ask yourself, "What does my reader need and want to know?"

Marie Antaya

Director
Performance Consultant and Workshop Facilitator

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About me...
I have a passion for music. I play the French horn and enjoy taking in events that celebrate music. I love how we attach emotion and memories to music. There is no better feeling than that familiar song coming on the radio and being transported to another time in your life.

My experience...
I use my combined education and work experience to lead Eclectic's team. My education includes a degree in music and business administration as well as certificates in adult education and workshop facilitation. I have worked in private, public and non-profit sector organizations.

Why I'm director of Eclectic Communications...
I took ownership of Eclectic Communications in September 2008. I was honoured to have the opportunity to take over a company with a great reputation for quality and meaningful training.

Kari Hasselriis

Analyze your audience's perspective so you are confident in the language, content and format of the document you have created.

Kari Hasselriis

Workshop Facilitator and Writing Coach

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About me...
My love is horses. I don't examine why I love horses so much, I just do. I have two horses who are polar opposites in health and personality. They are constant teachers; I've learned a lot about them and even more about me over the years - some good and some not so good!

My experience...
I understand well the perspective of a student as I've studied three languages. I like to think I work well with people. I like grammar, and I like to stress the importance of confidence in writing - knowing what you wrote and why you wrote it. Therefore, you can defend your choices and counter the discouraging opinion-based edit that so often negates good, hard work. 

Why I'm an associate with Eclectic Communications...
I've always had an interest and respect for language. However, what really got me interested in working with Eclectic was knowing that I'd be working with an awesome team and knowing that I could help people improve their communication skills.

Susan Portelance

Brevity is key. So many business communications are long winded and repetitive. Find the shortest, clearest way to get your message across.

Susan Portelance

Workshop Facilitator and Writing Coach

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About me...
I love to read. Novels, nonfiction, magazines, websites, I'll read anything. I love to learn new things and sometimes escape to new worlds. Reading widely also makes me a better writer.

My experience...
I have a BA in psychology, and I have taken many writing and editing seminars over the years. I love words and I strive to help my clients communicate with success. Through my time with Toastmasters, work and volunteer speaking, I've gained experience in teaching communication skills to others.

Why I'm an associate with Eclectic Communications...
I am a freelance writer and editor, and I am passionate about business communication. I've always enjoyed teaching, so I get to combine two of my passions with my work at Eclectic.

Sławomir Borkowski

Economy of words and directness will clarify your message - technology will amplify it to the remotest audiences around the world.

Sławomir Borkowski

Web Designer and Developer

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About me...
I've had the opportunity to live in several countries and developed an interest for how people use, learn and think of languages. Technology allows me to stay on the go with web development work. I've taught English in Europe and Asia thus keeping myself immersed in both, how people interact in the virtual, and physical worlds.

My experience...
My teaching experience is mainly in advanced Business English where I was often stumped with questions like Why are film commercials called 'trailers'? The interest that drives my curiosity in human languages is what allowed me to piece together an understanding of programming languages and pursue their evolution into areas where their presence we've all come to expect.

Why I'm an associate with Eclectic Communications...
Much of what I know and understand is traditionally thought of as self-taught. In reality my education simply came from teachers whose faces I've never seen - self-taught in this context strikes me as a misnomer. Eclectic Communications allows me to do for others what I've benefited from in my professional and personal day-to-day life.

Gabriella Fermo

Every day, I get to help others achieve their goals while doing something I love.

Gabriella Fermo

Workshop Facilitator and Learning Consultant

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About me...
I first discovered my passion for teaching many years ago when I taught fitness classes at the local YMCA. Today, I am fortunate to marry my passion with my work in professional development. Every day, I get to help others achieve their goals while doing something I love.

My experience...
I completed formal training in plain language principles, technical writing, and instructional design through Accenture’s Corporate University. My writing skills have helped me to position information and create a unified vision across different roles in change management, human resources, learning and organizational development. I have also taught at various community colleges. I completed a Bachelor of Science Degree with distinction in Industrial Relations and Psychology from the University of Toronto. I am a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® practitioner, certified in Prosci’s change management methodology, and earned the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation.

Why I'm an associate with Eclectic Communications...
I am Eclectic’s Toronto based Associate. I have an appreciation for the written word and enjoy helping others to improve their communication skills.

Debbie Antaya

Communication brings people together.

Debbie Antaya

Office Manager

About me...
I love to practise yoga. It helps me embrace each step I take in my life's journey.

My experience...
I have been in the sales and marketing field for 25 years. In those years, I have worked with my clients to help them solve their needs in the best possible way.

Why I'm an associate with Eclectic Communications...
My daughter is Marie, Eclectic's director. And I support her vision for this company 100%.

Joan Padgett

You can ensure that you’re conveying accurate and clear messages by reviewing and evaluating your work from the viewpoint of your audience. Imagine that you’re one of your co-workers or clients reading this content for the first time.

Joan Padgett

Workplace Training and Elearning Specialist

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About me...
I love to be active, whether it’s running, swimming, playing tennis, cycling, hiking, doing yoga or just taking a walk. I believe in the age-old Latin saying Mens sana in corpore sano: a sound mind in a sound body. My brain gets a daily workout through work, doing crosswords and reading, and my body needs one as well.

My experience...
I have a BA and an MA in French literature and a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education. As an instructional designer I’ve created instructor-led, traditional self-study, eLearning, virtual classroom and video training programs in a wide range of subject areas. As an editor I’ve edited a wide range of work, from books and corporate annual reports to website content and user-interface text. I’ve also taught in the Technical Communications program at Red River College.

Why I'm an associate with Eclectic Communications...
I love the dual aspects of instructional design because it is both analytical and creative: what is the best way to structure the content, and what is the best way to write and present the content to make it engaging and visually appealing. At Eclectic I get the opportunity to design interesting and meaningful content, and I get to be part of a team that is passionate about teaching and learning, as well as about the importance of good communications skills.