Throughout her career in book publishing, Olivia became fascinated by the complicated world of CanLit. She researched emerging trends in the Canadian market, championed literary diversity in both of Canada's official languages and planned Canada’s involvement at international book fairs in Guadalajara, Bologna, Shanghai and Havana. Her unabashed curiosity and desire to flex her creative muscles took her to England to pursue an MA in Writing for Children in 2012. There, she wrote her first manuscript for middle-grade readers.
Olivia is passionate about travelling throughout Canada and uncovering the stories it keeps. During her Master of Journalism degree at Carleton University she was drawn to people-driven narratives and experimented with new digital mediums to better help tell these stories.
Her reporting has taken her to Whitehorse to write about an innovative tiny home-building project in Carcross/Tagish First Nation; to Edmonton to investigate how the city is responding to homelessness and mental health challenges within its library system; to Ontario’s cottage country to report on precarious housing and employment opportunities for those who live there year-round.
Olivia has worked in local newsrooms such as the Ottawa Citizen and the Haliburton Echo. She is rabble.ca’s Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellow in 2019, tasked with writing a six-part series on the institution of the public library in Canada as the third place – a frontline for reconciliation, social work, opioid overdose prevention and food security.
She is a 2019 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship recipient. This summer, she will be working in the CBC’s Toronto and Ottawa newsrooms.