When I was small, my only career goal was to teach. I wanted to be a teacher, and nothing else.
I applied to one university, the University of Lethbridge, because it has an incredible education program. That goal-focused attitude has carried me well. Applying and being accepted to the UofL was one in a series of powerful opportunities that has brought me to this place today.
This love of teaching and working with people to achieve their goals is still a core value.
After 10 years of organizing and managing projects in non-profit and political spheres, I am excited to bring that experience and knowledge to communities far and wide. My work for the past five years on political campaigns and as a “Hill staffer” means that I understand high pressure, high risk situations. Through my work as a political organizer and a community organizer, I have worked in communities from Churchill, Manitoba to Kingston, Ontario. I current live and work in Edmonton, Alberta – Treaty 6 territory, and am thrilled to be back living in my home province of Alberta.
Having struggled with a lack of resources in the non-profit world, I know that doing the necessary outreach to expand your capacity takes a back seat to the day to day work. So many organizations are doing incredible work on the ground – strengthening our communities and providing necessary front line services but don’t have capacity to tell that story. As a result, they struggle to grow.
My experience in both non-profits and in politics can be put to work for you. I have strong social justice principles, and understand that the work must come first. I also understand that when capacity is limited there isn’t time or funds to hire a full time communications director.
That is where my integrated approach comes in. I will work within your capacity. I will grow the skills within your existing team so that each and every person can bring their own knowledge and community experience to the table. Together, they will tell the story of your organization’s work in their community spaces.
For organizations with dedicated communications staff, I can support those existing frameworks by bringing a fresh perspective and expanding audiences. Innovation in how we communicate and organize is happening all the time. Let me bring that research and experience to your team.
You can contact me at the contact information below, and through my contact page.
I look forward to working together to achieve great things!