I am curious, care about people and have a proven track record of building
positive relationships inside and outside the organizations I work with. I am a
creative, strategic thinker who enjoys finding and telling a good story, getting things done -- and will be in your corner, good news or bad.

Experience

  • Owner / Principal Consultant

    at Independent Communications

    October 2013 - at Present

    Alberta

    Clients in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and international locations I am curious, care about people and have a proven track record of building positive relationships inside and outside the organizations I work with. I am a creative, strategic thinker who enjoys finding and telling a good story, getting things done and will be in your corner, good news or bad. Drawing on 25 years of experience in communications management, I provide a broad range of communications and marketing services to individuals, groups and organizations on a full-time, part-time or flexible contract basis. Key Skills: - News and feature writing - media and public relations project management - social media and web content development - reputation and crisis management - event planning and event marketing - marketing and advertising campaign creation, planning and execution - desktop publishing, photography - video production - print and online creative project management / art direction

  • Communications Officer, Media Relations

    at University of Lethbridge

    February 1999 - October 2013

    Alberta

    Managed all aspects of media relations and community relations promotion at an 8,000-student, 1,800-employee University:

  • Communications Officer

    at Brandon University

    July 1994 - February 1999

    Manitoba

    Revived a dormant communications office. Responsible for all media relations initiatives, publications and marketing.

  • Communications and Marketing

    at Red River Exhibition Association

    June 1991 - June 1994

    Manitoba

    Created a position and built a functioning communications office. Responsible for all internal and external communications, media relations, advertising, media buying and external community partnerships at a not-for- profit, Winnipeg-based agricultural society that operated a large annual event (275,000+ guests per year)

Education

  • Event Management and Sponsorship Development Masterclass

    at Paul Gugin Seminars

    2016 - 2016 (1 year) Alberta

  • Board governance training

    at Public Library Services

    2014 - 2014 (1 year) Alberta

  • Business Writing

    at Centre for Higher Education, Research and Developemt

    1994 - 1994 (1 year) Manitoba

  • Continuing Education: Marketing

    at University of Winnipeg

    1993 - 1994 (1 year) Manitoba

  • Certified Event Coordinator

    at Manitoba Tourism Education Council

    1992 - 1993 (1 year) Manitoba

  • Media Buying

    at Advertising Association of Winnipeg

    1992 - 1992 (1 year) Alberta

  • Diploma

    at Red River College

    1989 - 1991 (2 years) Manitoba

Languages

  • English Native

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