Sunday, March 29, 2015


Born in London, England in 1956, the world of style and fashion changed forever!

Toddler, Jo-Ann Dodds and family moved a few years later and settled in the colony city of Toronto. Arts was to be a huge part of her life as she developed into a woman with style and a flair for colour, design and fashion.

She studied French at McGill university in Montreal, received her BA in French and German and then attended OCA (Then, the Ontario College of Art) in Toronto.

Jo-Ann’s spent 25 years at the Toronto Star newspaper where she won many editorial design awards for Canada’s largest newspaper. Her design style also contributed in winning the prestigious, Newspaper of the Year award from the Society of News Design, the international newspaper design body.

After a restructuring and outsourcing at the paper, Jo-Ann is now designing a new direction for herself. She is now studying English as a Second Language using her passion for languages to teach ESL.

JO-ANN FUN FACT: There are too many to mention, but in addition to taking ukulele lessons, she is an almost daily shopper at the neighbourhood shift store, Value Village! Everything she is wearing in this photo, from the blue suede boots to the tortoise shell shades and vintage hat was punched at Value Village! She has her own style and loves it that way.


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