Michele Peterson Freelance Travel Writer
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Michele Peterson is a Toronto-based freelance writer specializing in travel, outdoor adventure and food. Born in the northern mining town of Flin Flon and raised on the prairies, she spent 14 years at Canada's largest mutual fund company where she was the first female Vice-President in the male bastion of the investment division. Being the only woman meant she took the trophy for Best Lady Golfer (until another woman joined the team!). Her team achieved a record-breaking $750 million in annual sales.

After a lengthy volunteer assignment at a women's cooperative in Honduras with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), she left the corporate world for the non-profit sector and served as a management, sales, and fund-raising consultant in Bolivia, Russia, Guatemala and Canada. She also took her first travel writing course – at the University of Toronto – followed by Ryerson University and the Taos Summer Writers Workshop in New Mexico. Unsparing in discipline and reliability, she enjoys writing about the unexpected and unusual – whether coca leaf readers in Bolivia or snorkeling with beluga whales in Hudson Bay. She is also a popular speaker and workshop leader on "How to Break into Travel Writing."

Michele is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

A travel columnist for Fifty-Five Plus Magazine, her articles and photos have appeared in over 100 print and online publications including the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, The National Post, Dreamscapes, Air Canada OnAir, Westjet Up!, Ottawa Wedding, Eva Air, MSN.ca, About.com as well as several anthologies.

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