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Why We Need Treaty Acknowledgements

Why We Need Treaty Acknowledgements

December 10, 2016

I attended a conference in the field of child and youth care at MacEwan University this spring. Prior to opening comments, the emcee addressed the crowd. His initial words were somewhere along the lines of “before we begin, I would like to acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 land”.  Because this was the first […]

Nakita Valerio Appointed to Committee for “Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion & Public Life”

Nakita Valerio Appointed to Committee for “Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion & Public Life”

December 9, 2016

Join The Drawing Board community in congratulating owner and editor-in-chief, Nakita Valerio, on her recent appointment to the advisory committee for the Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life. The CRC is a gathering point within the University of Alberta: Augustana Campus focusing on a broad range of themes where religion […]

Diversity Wins in US election are Worth a Small Celebration

Diversity Wins in US election are Worth a Small Celebration

December 3, 2016

While anxiety around the impending Trump presidency and the people he is surrounding himself with remains (rightfully) high, it’s important not to get overwhelmed by pessimism and fear, or we may become paralyzed. As a defense against pessimism for the future, it helps to note victories and positive signs in the present. One positive sign […]

Testimonials

Find out what other people are saying about us.

Eman Al Dabbas, University of Alberta

Elisabeth and Nakita reviewed my CV and rewrote it in preparation for an academic job application. During the process, they would ask me questions for information about my achievements and work experience in order to reflect a positive image in the final product. When I received the finished CV, the output they provided me exceeded my expectations in both design and content. Thank you both, Elizabeth and Nakita for such a quick turnaround on very short notice.

Eman Al Dabbas, University of Alberta
Dr. Amina Berraho, Institut National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH)
My special thanks to you, Nakita, for the wonderful work you did on my publication in the Mediterranean Marine Science journal. Your editing was truly objective and accurate, and helped improve my paper’s redaction. Thank you again for your help and also for your fast reply. I hope that we will have the opportunity to collaborate on future work.
Dr. Amina Berraho, Institut National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH)
The Gilded Pear (New)

Our website went down and completely disappeared (we had been using a different developer) and Nakita was amazing at getting it up quickly and efficiently. She built a brand new website and completely rebranded up with the intense enthusiasm she is known for. She really takes ownership of your business brand and makes you believe it is her own – she cares about everything looking and sounding perfectly, coming up with exciting, new and brilliant ideas to keep up with the demands of the internet and technological age. She brought us to the forefront of 2016 and within a couple days of the website and social media launch, we are already seeing the results. Her business knowledge is top notch and I would recommend her services to anyone.

The Gilded Pear (New)
Angela Patrick, Tumbleweed Portraits and Photography

Thanks so much to Nakita for her writing services for my website. I struggle with coming up with the right words myself so using a professional like Nakita was a no brainer. She is a very talented and comes up with the perfect words every time. I’ll definitely be utilizing more of her services in the near future.

Angela Patrick, Tumbleweed Portraits and Photography
Paula Pesonen, RMT, Owner, Being Massage Therapy

I just started my  new massage therapy business and after many failed attempts on trying to make myself a “free, easy, do-it-yourself” website, I felt frustrated. It was time-consuming and required creative thinking on what to write. Having a brand-new business, I knew that spending a huge amount on a website was not in the budget.  I posted a quick question on Facebook about anyone that builds websites and one of my friends recommended Nakita.  I have known Nakita for many years now and I was thrilled to find out she was in the business of making and managing sites, blogging and all the other amazing stuff she does.  She is a perfectionist, an artist and an amazing writer – a beautiful combination for creating a website.  I contacted her immediately, was impressed with her pricing, gave her the info she needed and off we went.  I love the website she created.  You give her blog topics too (or leave things up to her), she does the research and produces writing, catered to your area of business – it’s a real weight off my mind.  She’s a superstar and I’m so happy with her services!

Paula Pesonen, RMT, Owner, Being Massage Therapy
Michelle Johnston, Mindfulness Together

Since the beginning of my initial inquiries about building a website/blog, Nakita has been positive, passionate and very helpful. She is confident and capable and let me rest easy knowing that she would easily handle it. Nakita was readily available for feedback and discussion, and delivered a top-notch product in a tight deadline. I would highly recommend The Drawing Board to any business entrepreneur.

Michelle Johnston, Mindfulness Together
The Gilded Pear

Nakita has an eye for detail that verges on perfectionism which is what you want in someone managing the content of your website. She regularly took simple bullet-notes and made them into wonderful written works. This saves us a lot of time and effort! Her technical knowledge is amazing and she often went into the realm of design or web-building to get the perfect look  for the content across. She offered sound guidance about different ideas for the future of the website and, in this, we felt like she had a lot of knowledge about what might catch the viewer’s eye to sell our products and services effectively. This was after simply looking at the existing website and determining what we needed. Her prices are fair and reasonable! We would have paid a lot more for everything she did for us!

The Gilded Pear
Sara Murray, Marketing Coordinator, Behrends Group of Companies

I have been working with The Drawing Board for six months now and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how our relationship has developed. Nakita delivers exactly what I am looking for in a very timely manner. Sometimes, I only provide her with a few scraps of notes and ideas, and she really works hard to bring them to life. Our business is very technical and jargon-oriented, but she never fails to make our posts and informations easily understood and accessible. She is great to work with and makes my life a lot easier. Thank you so much to The Drawing Board for the great work and service!

Sara Murray, Marketing Coordinator, Behrends Group of Companies
Bonnie Grimmon

Nakita’s eye for perfection was evident while designing and writing my daugher’s wedding programs and powerpoint wedding video. She was given pictures, itineraries, colour preferences and a bit about the bride’s personality, and with this, she was able to work on the ceremony and reception programs, the video and the thank-you notes after the fact. Her level of detail went far beyond the call of duty as she researched the  birthplace of the groom, including images of his hometown in the video and music representative of his culture and region. I should note that Nakita was given these tasks very last-minute, but she worked efficiently and quickly, taking an enormous amount of stress off of the rest of us for wedding duties. The quality of her services and the products that she provided were amazing and made my daughter’s day truly personal and special.

Bonnie Grimmon