I have been fascinated by technology all of my life. The first movie I remember seeing was 2001: A Space Odyssey and my favourite TV show growing up was Star Trek. This means my introduction to computers was HAL. It explains a lot.

Over the course of my career I have worked with many systems ranging from standalone word processing systems (IBM Displaywriter) to the current version of Macintosh hardware. In the early 1980’s, I started working as a temporary admin person in various offices including law firms, insurance brokers and Provincial government offices including a Cabinet minister. After that I worked for an international insurance brokerage firm where I headed up their Word Processing department and then the Provincial government briefly as a Personnel Clerk.

In 1988, I had the good fortune of having a boss who recognized my technical skills and abilities and set me forth to represent his Group (Project Management, Space Planning and Quantity Surveying) as the first User Analyst at a Crown Corporation to help participate in the design and development of a project management system for them. This forever changed my career path from an admin person dabbling in technology to an IT person with a good admin background. The Space Planning dept in the Group had Macintosh SE’s with MacWrite and MacDraw and that was my introduction to the Apple world. I provided end user support to over 80 people in various locations in the province. I was also responsible for the technology budget of the Group and fiscal planning for same. I provided not only support but training for the Group which included a newsletter with how to’s and tips.

When my boss retired, my next (and last) employment term before starting my own company was as Network Manager at a small tourism retail company based in Victoria.

After that, it was time to venture on my own. My clients and former employers include developers, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, project managers, general contractors, retailers, lawyers, non-profit organizations, film production, media personalties, communication consultants, professional sports players, urban planners, government bodies (provincial and Crown), insurance brokerages and other types of consultants.

Since my introduction to Apple in 1988, I have adapted to each successive generation of Macs up to and including the current hardware running on OS X Sierra and iOS 10. I also have extensive experience and expertise with Microsoft Word and Excel, Apple iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) and some experience with various Adobe applications including Acrobat, InDesign and Illustrator, as well as OmniFocus, FastTrack Schedule, Evernote and various other business applications.

My own workstation is a 13″ MacBook Air (fully loaded) with a 27″ Apple Cinema Display.

Technology should work for you. You should not be a slave to your technology.

Jacqueline Staples