Formerly known as Content Consulting, Message Consulting is here to help define and refine your message, to improve the clarity and effectiveness of your communications.

Deborah Dunaway, BA

Deborah founded the company in 2003. She got fed up with noticing typos in restaurant menus all over North America, and decided to do something about it. She is a food aficionada who takes her words seriously. Preferred cuisines include French and Italian, and Pacific Northwest/Asian fusion. Deborah is the proud owner of a burgeoning cookbook and cooking reference collection, and she practices what she preaches. She enjoys cooking for groups large and small, and has eaten in fabulous restaurants from Vancouver to Philadelphia, Montréal to Paris, Los Angeles to London. Her education in fine dining began with Crêpes Suzette at the age of five.

A self-described word geek, trivia queen, and lover of fine wine, Deborah has a Bachelor of Arts in English from McGill University (1988), and a Certificate in Web Publishing from Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Publishing program (2004). She completed the Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing (2017). Deborah has studied French, Spanish, and German, and she can sing in Italian. She also has more than 20 years’ experience in legal and engineering administrative and marketing support, which naturally includes writing, editing and proofreading. Most recently, Deborah has been working with nonprofits and political candidates that align with her interest in social and economic justice.

Deborah was part of the Marge Doyle for Congress 2018 team, waging a valiant attempt to get through California’s notorious “jungle primary,” and provided communications assistance to DeniAntionette Mazingo, Esq. in her 2018 General Election and 2020 Primary campaigns.

In addition to restaurant menus and websites, Deborah is also willing and able to provide equally skillful, more conventional, content-related help. Accomplishments include editing and assembling newsletters; editing critical business correspondence for clients whose first language is not English; review and correction of website and menu copy for several  restaurants; review, correction, and harmonization of a corporate client’s multiple menus across multiple venues; and taking a “first read” of a very interesting novel which is now available in paperback or e-book.

Get in touch with Deborah for help defining and refining your message.

Deborah is a member of the American Copy Editors Society.