Tamara worked as a broadcast/print/web journalist, magazine editor and producer for outlets like CBC Radio and CBC TV, CKUA Radio, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Discovery Channel for nearly 20 years. She has held more than one job at a time for her entire career, and interesting side ventures have included working as a 911 operator, a communications specialist for the David Suzuki Foundation, and a nude model for sketch artists.
She now owns a brick-and-mortar and online shop called Delish General Store, located in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver, and creates product brands Strong as a Mother, Finn and the Thunderbolts (in partnership with her son Finn) and Sparkplug Creative.
Tamara was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age six, and has undergone 15 surgeries related to the disease and its damage, including a hip replacement, shoulder replacement, toe joint replacements, partial ankle fusion and more. She is a tireless advocate for patient- and family-centred care, and dedicates her time and efforts to improving care for patients with complex, chronic conditions.
A lively public speaker, Tamara emcees conferences, facilitates panel discussions and speaks to audiences from C-suite executives, doctors, nurses, medical students and young children about her experiences as a reporter with a disability and an entrepreneur juggling motherhood, multiple business units and a serious ongoing health condition.