About Ottawa Woman
Janice Clarkson is a professional Licensed Mental Health Psychotherapist educated in the US with a doctorate degree in counselling psychology, masters in school counselling, and a certified addiction professional. She has more than 25 years clinical practice working with individuals, couples, and families on lifestyle and workplace issues, mental illness, and substance abuse.
In 1996, Janice began writing columns about women and family issues for various newspapers and magazines in Florida,. She has held several board positions with both large and small non-profit agencies In Ottawa, she is currently a board member of the Canadian Counselling Association, National Capitol Region.
Christopher Clarkson is a graduate from the Carleton University, School of Journalism. He spent 10 years as a news correspondent, reporting on events in South America and the Caribbean. In 1980, he was hired as the public relations director for an energy conservation firm in California. When the firm overextended itself on its deliverable commitments, Chris was asked to manage some of the installation workload. Following a brief stint as a turnaround project manager, he left the print media field and began a second career as a relocation project manager in commercial real estate. After working 30 years in the US, he returned to Ottawa to be with his parents.
Ottawa Woman publication is the result of several lengthy discussions Janice and Chris had upon returning to Ottawa. She wanted to continue writing her column about women and Chris wanted to get back into writing and journalism. When Janice went looking for a Canadian women’s publication to write for, she found there was nothing dedicated to women being published in Ottawa. The obvious answer seemed to be quite simple – why don’t they start a newspaper dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women? Ottawa Woman is the embodiment of the answer. They are passionate about the publication and want it to be the center for information for women in the Ottawa area.