Work History

Work History
Sep 2011 - Present

Communications Officer

Town of Sylvan Lake
  • Serve as the primary media contact for the Town, coordinating and supporting the involvement of Mayor, Council and CAO in the area of public events, media relations and publicity
  • Manage Town website content and updates (including social media)
  • Write and develop news releases, media advisories, fact sheets, brochures, PowerPoints etc.
  • Plan and implement Couacil public appearances
Nov 2011 - Present

Information Officer, Emergency Coordination Centre

Town of Sylvan Lake
  • Serve as coordination point for all media relations: news releases, press conferences, etc.
  • Ensure public within the affected area receive complete, accurate and consistent information about life safety procedures, public health advisories, relief and assistance programs and other vital information
  • Supervise Assistant Information Officers
Jun 2007 - Present

Public Relations Consultant

Gilbert Acton Ltd.
  • Developed trade show media kit and produced supporting media relations plan
Oct 2007 - Sep 2011

Communications Advisor

Bryan Mills Iradesso
  • Project manage the development of award-winning annual reports and websites
  • Actively liaise with clients and co-workers in cross-functional teams to ensure the successful completion of priority projects, some of which were confidential in nature
  • Write and develop news releases, fact sheets, presentations , marketing materials and website content
  • Plan, implement and evaluate annual general meetings and investor presentations
Jan 2007 - May 2007

Media Relations & Events

Missing Children Society of Canada
  • Engaged in public and media relations supporting the Society's fundraising and case work initiatives
  • Wrote and designed the quarterly newsletter "The Missing Link”
  • Planned and implemented special events, including the development of promotional materials
May 2006 - Sep 2006

Public Relations Specialist

SMART Technologies Inc.
  • Managed company awards portfolio to increase exposure and credibility for the organization
  • Conducted media monitoring analysis to evaluate effectiveness of public relations initiatives
  • Published and produced news releases as well as internal newsletter articles for "SMARTifacts"

Education

Education
Sep 2004 - May 2007

Bachelor

Mount Royal University
  • Dean’s Honour Roll
  • Secretary and President, Public Relations Society

Skills

Skills

Skills

    Strong project management skills gained from advising multiple clients on numerous time-sensitive projects Extensive experience in web and print production Advanced knowledge of MS Office Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint (2003 and 2007) Excellent interpersonal communicator Highly proficient proofreader and editor with attention to detail Experienced in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop, as well as Microsoft Publisher  and Dreamweaver Social media consultant Well practiced in media relations

Summary

I am a motivated self-starter who is looking for work in an administrative and/or communications role for a structured organization. I am a fast learner, a team player and am well educated and experienced in many relevant programs and processes, including the Adobe Creative Suite and database managment, for example.

Please see my LinkedIn profile for further information and recommendations from past employers and co-workers.

My PDF resume further details my professional development and references.

I have a full binder of hard copy portfolio materials available upon request.

Interest

I love to read and write in my spare time. I am an active person who also enjoys yoga, skating, snowboarding and keeping active in fun ways such as beer-league softball. I am a huge hockey fan and have been known to enter a pool or two in my day. I'm also starting to get into documentaries, and have begun to take an avid interest in cooking and baking (which is why my enjoyment of staying fit has become a very good thing!)

Certifications

Certifications
Jan 2012 - Present

Member

Canadian Public Relations Society
Jan 2012 - Present

Basic Emergenyc Management Course

Government of Alberta Municipal Affairs
Jan 2012 - Present

Exercise Design 100

Government of Alberta Municipal Affairs
Jan 2012 - Present

Incident Command System 100 + 200

Government of Alberta Municipal Affairs