After a twenty-year career at Toronto Public Health, working with refugees, drug users, and street youth, Michael specializes in health promotion among marginal populations. He developed a made-in-Canada approach to inclusion and has applied that approach to innovative research and program development.
He is also a writer. He studied creative writing with W. O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, and Richard Ford. As a journalist, he was twice elected President of the Periodical Writers Association of Canada. He has written three plays, including the award winning, “Never Such Innocence Again”. He is an active volunteer and was nominated as Artist of Distinction and Highlander of the Year in 2007.
Downloand Michael's Resume (.pdf, 82KB)
Count Me In! 2004. An inclusion and health project funded by Health Canada and the Laidlaw Foundation, web published at http://www.count-me-in.ca.
Speak Out. 1989. Pape Adolescent Resource Centre, Toronto, edited and wrote introduction, copies are available through Pape Adolescent Resource Centre, 469 Pape Ave., Toronto, ON M4K 3P9, 416-462-1010, email@example.com.
Putting the Public Back in Public Health. Canadian Journal of Public Health, March-April, 2001. (PDF, 708 KB)
“Salud”, 24-minute film, produced for Toronto Public Health, 1986Recent Fiction
“Christmas 1914” and “Spirits of the Great White Pine”, in Liaisons II: The R.D. Lawrence Commemorative Anthology, 2007, ed Pauline L Johnson, Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network & Minden Hills Cultural Centre, 2007
“Preface” and “Tenderness”, The Alexandra Reader 25th Anniversary Edition, The Alexander Writers’ Centre Society, Calgary, Alberta, 2006Plays
“Never Such Innocence Again”, a full-length play produced by the Highlands Little Theatre, 2005; Staged Reading by students of Sheridan / University of Toronto Mississauga Drama and Theatre Arts program, 2006
“A Little Study in Scheming”, a one-act play created from a scrap of script found in Minden Museum archives, produced by the Conjurors of County Town, 2006
“Last of the Great White Pine”, a full-length musical play produced by the Conjurors of County Town, 2007
Nominee, Highlander of the Year, Haliburton County Chamber of Commerce, 2007
Nominee, Artist of Distinction, Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands, 2007 Eastern Ontario Drama League, Nine awards for “Never Such Innocence Again”, 2006
Outstanding Service Award, Periodical Writers Association of Canada, 1992 Nominee (twice), National Magazine Award, 1975 – 1982
Writer in Residence, Minden Hills Cultural Centre, 2008 Founder & Convenor, Playwrights Workshop Minden, 2006 – on going
Founding Member & Current Chair, Minden Hills Cultural Centre Foundation, 2007 – on going
Founding Chair, Haliburton County Friends of the Library, 2002 - 2007
Vice-chair, Minden Hills Cultural Centre Advisory Committee, 2007 – on going
Member, Highlands Media Arts, 2007 - 2008