David Hunter

David Hunter
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Writer & Editor

*update*: David Hunter currently works as a Writer & Editor

David Hunter works as a writer and editor for the United Way of Peel Region. “I am responsible for all written communication, from newsletters and brochures to media releases and speeches. I am also senior writer for Ramm Communications, a full-service creative ‘house,’” says David.

He says his work requires perseverance, patience, reliability, good interpersonal skills and an excellent command of the English language.

David has worked as a freelance writer for 20 years and has held writing positions with CBC Television, The Discovery Channel, and Ramm Communications.

“My summer job as a research assistant to a sociology professor at UTM encouraged me to pursue a career that involved research and writing,” says David, a participant in UTM's mentoring program, a Director-at-large with the UTM Alumni Association, a member of the Halton-Peel Communications Association, and a former member of the Mississauga Board of Trade.

“A degree of persistence and confidence got me ‘in the door.’ Then, by emphasizing that I had a degree from of the world's most distinguished universities helped seal the deal.”

David regrets that UTM did not offer writing programs when he was an undergrad.

“I have an enjoyable and rewarding career as a writer for the most part and can't think of anything I would change,” he says. He adds that aside from talent, the most important attribute for a writer is reliability.

“Employers and clients need you to meet deadlines. I established an immediate reputation for reliability that has been perhaps the biggest key to my success,” he says.

“Another key is versatility. Being proficient in a variety of forms of communication, from copywriting to speech writing to journalism, increases your value and boosts your success.”