Mary-Jo Dionne

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Mary-Jo has worked as a copywriter and strategist on brands ranging from Nike Canada to Big Sisters to BC Breast Cancer Foundation to various Olympic-sponsorships. Her work was called "A masterpiece in urban satire that will have you laughing so hard you'll glow," by the Globe and Mail. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, the Toronto Star, FASHION Magazine, and TheKit.ca. As a dabbling comedian she performed in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, and LA and was a finalist for Vancouver's Funniest New Female Comedian. Her one-woman show Glowing: A Reproduction Production was hailed a “real crowd pleaser” by the CBC. In 2019, she completed, a one-month intensive writing program at Oxford University, adapting her show into a screenplay. She is currently working on her MA in Screenwriting at the University of London, as she segues into the next chapter of her career.

Her TEDx Talk which debunks the “broken home” mythology was deemed a “crowd favourite”. In print, she has interviewed notable greats like Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Goodall, and Martha Stewart, among others.

In 2017, Mary-Jo was selected as one of 20 social entrepreneurs to spend a week with Sir Richard Branson at his home estate on Necker Island. She was profiled as a Vancouver “Difference Maker” by The Georgia Straight for her contribution to communications and philanthropy. She oversees the Mary-Jo Dionne Productions Fund, which launched The Millipede Project, a campaign that aims to get Vancouver-area children-in-need into a new pair of shoes for the Back-to-School season. She is founder of the Bag Brigade, which collects and distributes purses of supplies to women on the Downtown Eastside – and is thrilled with the launch of Bag Brigade Atlantic. She is founder of Cupcake Christmas, an annual day of giving that sees her and women in communications distribute cupcakes to the city’s homeless population. Most recently, she launched Page Turners, a program which redistributes gently used books to underprivileged children with limited access to literature. She is the recipient of the 2018 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the category of Arts, Culture & Design, and the Sovereign’s Medal from the Office of the Secretary of the Governor General of Canada. She is the daughter of a forward-thinking single mom, and is herself mommy to 9-year-old JouJou and 6-year-old Birdie.

  • Area(s) of Interest: Writers; Agents; Producers
  • Current Profession: Writer
  • Company/Employer: MJDProductions
  • Work References or Credits: Writer of many TV spots in the advertising world (McDonalds, Big Sisters, etc), and am segueing into screenwriting, so will round out my "credits" in the coming years.
  • Website: https://maryjodionne.com/