My goal is to make information easy to access and a pleasure to read. That may involve editing existing content, writing new content, or some combination of the two. It can, and often does, involve rigorous research and analysis of the information. Whatever I write or edit, I advocate for the reader, striving for content that is engaging to read and informative.

Case Studies — My specialty is writing and editing cases—narrative summaries of business, medical, or legal scenarios that usually involve analyzing and responding to a particular dilemma. Case studies are widely used in consulting and academia, and are increasingly used in marketing to share stories of success with a product or service.

I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and ascribe to SfEP’s code of practice for editorial excellence.


Understanding Euthanasia Policies in Cultural Context

More than ten years ago, the Dutch parliament legislated a permissive regime of euthanasia for capable Dutch residents. This report examines aspects of Dutch culture relevant to end-of-life decision-making in the Netherlands and considers whether Dutch end-of-life practice can be exported outside of its culture context.

Substitute Decisions

It has long been possible to appoint an attorney to make financial and property decisions on behalf of an individual while the individual is alive and retains mental capacity. But our population is aging, people are living longer but sometimes compromised lives, and decision-making has become more complex with greater options to choose from. This document is an excerpt from a chapter in a legal textbook, explaining both the legal and healthcare implications of substitute decision-making.

Saving the Mind's Grace

Use of Memory Triggers in Dementia

At this point in time, there is little that can be done to stop a decline in mental faculties caused by dementia; however, there are interventions that can provide comfort and perhaps slow memory loss. This paper looks at memory books—a collection of photographs, clippings, histories, and more—and considers how they may be an aid in coping with dementia.


A series of 41 articles dealing with the aesthetics and techniques of photography, digital asset management, and storytelling.

Visual Storytelling

We’re a storytelling species. Whether it’s cave art, cuneiform tablets, scrolls, pamphlets, books, glossy magazines, newspapers, or broadcasts, we cluster our information for sharing as stories. This series explores how we use long-form visual narratives to connect with others, influence change, and educate. See also Pics or It Didn't Happen! Making Memory and Meaning in the Age of Overload.

Digital Asset Management for Everyone

The great thing about digital photography is you can take lots of photographs without worrying about costs. The challenging thing about digital photography is you can take lots of photographs. Organization and sanity are possible. This series guides you in building and using a powerful system to manage your digital chaos.



  • with G Seijts, Kellie Leitch: Authenticity in Leadership? (London, ON: Ivey Publishing, in press)

  • with G Seijts, The Mayor of New Orleans: Using Communication to Lead Change in Racial Conflict (London, ON: Ivey Publishing, in press)

  • Y Boychuk, L Kryzhanaovska, S Opatska, and A Rozhdestvensky, The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine: The Role of Character in Reform (London, ON: Ivey Publishing, 2017), substantive editor

  • with M Rowell, “Shared Leadership: The Freedom to Do Bioethics,” (2004) 16(4) HEC Forum 296–315

  • “Alice’s Wonderland: Authority of an Attorney for Property to Amend a Beneficiary Designation,” (2002) 22 Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal 16–42

  • Case Comment on Public Guardian and Trustee v. Duggan (Ont. C.A.), (1999) 19 Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal 10–12

  • “When ‘Closest’ Isn’t Close Enough,” Case Comment on Public Guardian and Trustee v. Duggan (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)), (1999) 18 Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal 219–226


  • “How to Read a Photograph,” in TVET English FAL Level 3 Student’s Book (South Africa: Macmillan, 2017)

  • “Substitute Decisions,” chap. 24 in AH Oosterhoff, Oosterhoff on Wills and Succession, 7th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2011); 6th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2007); 5th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2001); reviewed by W Griesdorf, (2002) 21 Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal 173–176 at 175

  • with NJ Best, Willing and Able: A Practical Guide to Powers of Attorney in Ontario, 2nd ed. (Belleville: Essence Publ, 2004), 168 pages; 1st ed. (Belleville: Essence Publ, 1998), legal editor

  • with RM Solomon, “The Changing Health Care Environment” and “Overview of Health Law” in SB Kidd, ed., A Physician’s Legal Manual (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 1996) 3–12

  • with RM Solomon, A Legal Survival Guide for Social Workers (Toronto: Family Service Ontario, 1996), 48 pages

  • with RM Solomon, Healthcare Law and Policy Casebook, 6th ed. (London: University of Western Ontario, 1996), 234 pages; 5th ed. (London: University of Western Ontario, 1995); supportive funding received through a writing grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario


  • 41 tutorials and articles, Envato Tuts+ (2011–2017), https://tutsplus.com/authors/dawn-oosterhoff


  • Book Review of Canadian Health Law and Policy by J Downie and T Caulfield, eds. (1999) 32 Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons 428