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Aug 2010Present

Promotions & Office Assistant

Mount Saint Vincent University - International Student Centre
  • Re-hired to assist the department with administrative and communications responsibilities due to an increase in the number of international students on campus
  • Handled clerical duties for all divisions of the International Education Centre including addressing student inquiries, recruitment activities, University Bridging Program management, social programming and exchange initiatives
  • Aided in event planning initiatives including daily events as part of International Education Week, International Development Week, prospective international student visits from Bermuda, student awareness campaigns, educational agent tours and New International Student Orientation
  • Uploaded content onto the departmental website and social media sites to promote events, send out notifications and update information
  • Designed written communication pieces including a student exchange flyer, an article for the student newspaper, fact sheets and Frequently Asked Questions
Sep 2009Dec 2009

Communications Assistant

Mount Saint Vincent University - Public Affairs Office
  • Compiled and edited the weekly employee newsletter Insight that was distributed to faculty and staff
  • Assisted my team with the development, implementation and launch of The Mount's new website by training members on the use of the technology, keeping track of community feedback and addressing concerns
  • Constantly created stories of interest including profiles and features to draw in media attention and to engage both the internal and external public
  • Assisted my team with The Mount's Fall Convocation by writing valedictorian and honorary degree recipient profiles as well as speech writing
  • Conducted media monitoring, answered and followed-up with media calls and created press releases on a regular basis

3 strengths identified by my supervisor:

  1. Positive attitude
  2. Willing to pitch in at anytime
  3. Strong writing skills
Jan 2009Apr 2009

Marketing & Research Assistant

  • Assisted with the Voter Helpline during the Ontario New Democratic Party's (ONDP) leadership elections and handled a booth at the ONDP Convention in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Created press releases to promote the success of their voting technology at the ONDP Convention as well as raise awareness and increase brand recognition for the company
  • Assisted with the design of their new website by atttending meetings with the out-sourced agency, conveying suggestions and liaising between the company and the agency
  • Edited, updated and re-designed pamphlets, brochures and one-page handouts to be inserted into trade show packages
  • Conducted research and collected data to find expansion opportunities available in the voting market

3 strengths identified by my supervisor: 

  1. She is a confident and effective communicator
  2. She is enthusiastic about her activities
  3. She works well on her own and with limited supervision
May 2008Dec 2008

International Student Liaison

Mount Saint Vincent University - International Student Office
  • Coordinated New International Student Orientation for 40 new students by promoting the program, developing workshops, activities and excursions as well as recruiting and training all volunteers
  • Created press releases promoting the Student Refugee Program that led to a segment on Liveat5 on CTV where I was interviewed
  • Developed, organized and promoted all social activites for the 2008 Fall semester for 500 international students, which included, Multicultural Night, Canada Day Summer Trip, etc.
  • Updated, re-designed and added features on their website using Microsoft FrontPage to ensure it is student-friendly
  • Raised awareness of all services and resources available through social media, brochures, bulletin boards, etc. to ensure a maximized university experience for international students

3 strengths identified by my supervisor:

  1. Ashley has a can-do attitude and attacks all assigned tasks with enthusiasm
  2. Ashley has exceptional interpersonal skills, putting students at ease and communicating well with  students, faculty and staff.
  3. Ashley's ability to design promotional materials has vastly improved throughout her work term.

Honourable Mentions


Sep 2006Oct 2010

Bachelor of Public Relations

Mount Saint Vincent University

Related Course Work:

  • Persuasive Public Relations Writing 
  • Advanced Public Relations Writing
  • Audio Visual Communications  
  • Crisis Communications Management
  • Advanced Public Relations Management
  • Media Relations
  • Public Relations Ethics

Throughout my 4-year university career, I was exposed to a range of subjects pertaining to the Public Relations industry. I gained knowledge regarding public opinion, damage control, media relations and how to engage core publics. In addition, I was able to exercise my knowledge through the Co-operative Education program offered at this institution. This program provided me with the opportunity to apply my knowledge in a work environment through 3 full-time paid internships. Thanks to this real world application, I strengthened my writing, presentation, and technology-based skills.

About Me

If I had to sum up my personality in three words, those words would be: enthusiastic, flexible and curious. 

I believe that all the little details matter because success does not happen without the attention to details. My motto in life, however simple it may be, is the driver behind my every action whether at work, at home or volunteering. The effort given to the smaller pieces of a puzzle ensures that others are able to understand the big picture.  

Supervisor's Evaluation

"Ashley-Jane was a joy to have in our office. She has built great relationships within the office and was a valuable resource for resourcing information and contacts."

- Akiko Lovett, Senior Communications Advisor, Mount Saint Vincent University

"Ashley was a great addition to the Intelivote team during her work term here with us. In addition to her activity with our new website, she provided valuable assistance to our clients in her role during an important election Intelivote conducted. Ashley is an energetic young lady and her enthusiasm for the task at hand is always accompanied with an appropriate amount of diligence and professionalism."

- Dean Smith, President & Founder, Intelivote Systems Inc. 

"Ashley is bright and has an excellent work ethic and attitude. She works very well with students and demonstrated exceptional communication skills throughout her term, both verbally and written. Ashley tackled every task with enthusiasm and exceeded my expectations in her ability to create promotional materials. 

- Paula Barry, International & Exchange Student Advisor, MSVU

Volunteer Experience

International Students' Society (ISS)

Halifax, NS, Canada        Sep 2009 - Apr 2010

Vice President

I was elected by the international student body, which enabled me to exercise democratic policies within the student run organization and work alongside the Students' Union to enhance university experience. It also provided me with the opportunity to extend my leadership qualities by representing the entire international student body in the absence of the President. Here are some things that our society has achieved this year:

  • Planned the 9th Annual Multicultural Night, a night that promotes diversity through food, music and dance, for 300 attendees. This event also marked the only year that tickets were sold out. 
  • Raised awareness through advocacy and social activities in order to eliminate racism and discrimination among students
  • Developed and organized social activities, workshops and events alongside the International Office and the Student's Union for the benefit of the student body

Jalan Impian The Musical

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Dec 2004 - Jul 2005

  • Chosen to perform various parts in a musical aimed at young theatre enthusiasts
  • Performed 7 shows together with 50 young actors and 5 veteran actors with the support of the Malaysian Prime Minister's wife and the Ministry of Education, Malaysia
  • Raised approximately $CDN100,000 for the Organization for Children of Special Needs in Selangor, Malaysia