WRITER/EDITOR/PROOFREADER • COMMUNICATIONS •
I am a dynamic, creative, results-oriented team player. My strengths lie in being able to conceive, develop and execute my plan; or I can take your plan and make it happen, to your satisfaction. My home-based office enables me to complete the work offsite, attend regular on-site meetings, provide regular updates and deliver the final product on time, and on budget.
I can lead a team and oversee their individual tasks in order to produce a top-quality product to you, on time and within budget. My proven track record, working in demanding environments, enables me to meet difficult deadlines.
My extensive variety of skills will be a valuable asset to any company: I have strong verbal and written communication abilities; a fresh, creative mind; a work ethic that is dependable; and a mature, self-disciplined approach to my work.
My ability to solve problems on the fly and work diligently to eliminate problems before they occur gives me flexibility to work with sudden changes within strict timeframes.
Strong Competencies in:
• Web content
• Writing & Editing
• Communications Strategy
• Public & Community Relations
• Branding & Promotions
• Market Campaign Design
• Training & Mentoring Staff
• Website Design & Messaging
• Media Training
• Liaising with Ethnic Communities
• Project Management
Media Relations/Communications Consultant for the Animals in War Dedication Committee
August 2010 – November 3 2012.
Duties: Liaising with media to develop awareness for Animals in War Monument project.
Spokesperson for Animals in War Dedication Project: gave interviews for radio and print media.
Writing press releases, background documents. Proofreading/editing all materials generated by AIW Project.
Created/developed creative content for project website. (writing, research, layout, etc.)
AIW representative for meetings with NCC, Prime Minister’s Office, Veterans Affairs, City of Ottawa.
Event planning (media launch, unveiling ceremony, etc.).
Working as an independent contractor from home, specializing in writing, editing/proofreading. Adaptable to all forms of text, dialogue, scripts, etc. Transcription: media (scripts, shotlists, treatments, etc.), university/college lectures, conferences, and government meetings. Excellent production, meticulous, fast turnaround, dependable results.
PUBLIC & MEDIA RELATIONS
Communications Consultant [contract] 2006
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS), Ottawa
Provided communications support to the Foundation on a contractual basis. Duties include: writing press releases, composing letters to Ministers (federal and provincial) requesting attendance at research launches, requesting financial support for funding of conventions, etc. and providing speaking notes for CFCAS representatives for Cabinet Committee presentations.
Drawing on established media contacts nationwide, launched an effective media campaign for a research network launch in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Despite a challenging topic and “sell” to the media, all three major media networks (CBC, CTV and Global) attended the launch. Upon finding out more about the CFCAS, media were calling for phone interviews.
Through the Parliamentary Press Gallery members (450 or more), was able to put the Foundation on their “radar” and raise awareness for Foundation objectives and work. The main focus of the CFCAS is
granting research funding in Canadian universities working on environmental issues, specifically climate and atmospheric change. This will continue to be an important topic, both politically and socially.
Media Relations Coordinator [contract] 2000
Sound Venture Productions Conducted aggressive media campaign in order to ensure pick-up and renewal of the preschoolers’ television series, The Toy Castle, for another season
Health Canada [contract] 2000
Media Relations Coordinator: Arranged for local coverage of media launch of Health Canada’s Physical Activity Guide for Older Adults. Suggested stories to reporters in radio, print and television, drawing on
An extensive network of contacts in media industry.
Audience Coordinator [contract] 2001
CBC News World Production & Counter Spin Sunday
Contracted by CBC News World to produce a specifc audience for final production of Public Affairs show; Counter Spin Sunday. Secured audiences based on target requirements and kept in constant contact with audience members to ensure a knowledgeable and interactive audience attended the final show of Counter Spin Sunday.
Provided production staff with suggestions for panelists who were experts in the topic discussed such as globalization.