UNIVERSITY


2005-2006   |   Master of Arts, English

  • Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario)

1999-2004   |   Honours BA, English & Philosophy

  • University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario)

WORK EXPERIENCE


2017-Present                          

Communications Consultant   |   Independent, Ontario

  • Writing & editing (webpage content, blogs, policy material, copy, grant applications)
  • Managing websites
  • Developing & implementing business brands
  • Designing digital products (logos, social media images, business cards, etc.)
  • Designing and overseeing social media accounts
  • Creating & executing email marketing campaigns

2013 – 2016                        

Office Manager, Communications & Public Relations   |   Parliament Hill Office of the Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP, Ottawa, Ontario

  • Managing both the Parliament Hill & Calgary constituency offices
  • Building strong, productive, working relationships with Mr. Kenney’s four government offices: Parliament Hill office, Constituency office (Calgary, AB), the Minister’s Southern Alberta Regional office (Calgary, AB) and the Minister’s Department offices (Citizenship & Immigration (2013) Employment & Social Development (2014) & National Defence, (2015)
  • Composing, editing and designing content for the following: newsletters, news releases, greetings, articles, speeches, talking points (for constituents & media), briefing reports, special cards, and electronic & hardcopy multicultural mail-outs
  • Reviewing & drafting replies for all office correspondence (both electronic and hardcopy)
  • Organizing & executing various outreach communications campaigns to different ethnic and religious communities
  • Delivering frequent communications presentations to Mr. Kenney and other staff
  • Leading targeted social media campaigns, as well as all communications strategies
  • Managing and coordinating the translation of English and French content
  • Ensuring all communications products are in conformity with the guidelines of The Canadian Press Stylebook (2013)
  • Carrying out all website developments, maintenance and upgrades, including the construction of a new MP website (2013-2014)
  • Leading all public relations activities: establishing & developing close relationships with stakeholders/media; arranging interviews and meetings with stakeholders/media; and hosting federal, provincial, territorial, foreign, and religious dignitaries
  • Overseeing and planning all database projects and campaigns, including the purchase & implementation of a new database platform
  • Interviewing, recruiting and training all office interns and employees
  • Organizing, planning and promoting a variety of key public events both in and outside of Parliament Hill (events up to 350 attendees)
  • Managing and overseeing Mr. Kenney’s schedule
  • Preparing & overseeing office budget (+ $325,000) & expenditures (travel, accommodation, & per-diem expenses; bills & service contract claims; petty cash; etc.)

2012-2013                           

Intern     Citizenship & Immigration Canada – Minister`s Office, Ottawa, Ontario

  • Reviewing Refugee Claim case files (humanitarian & compassionate grounds applications)
  • Establishing crucial categories for evaluating files & organizing information
  • Researching each case and extracting relevant information for possible future policy and guidelines considerations
  • Creating excel spread sheets for extracted information
  • Writing short biographies on political and community-related figures for the Minister
  • Contacting Government office representatives in relation to case file information/intervention requests
  • Building key governmental and department relationships with respect to Citizenship & Immigration case files
  • Working under the Director of Case Management

2010-2012                           

Founder & Operator   |   Academic Tutoring (Tutoring Company), Ottawa, Ontario

  • Tutoring high school, college, & university students in reading and writing courses
  • Teaching English as a Second Language to foreign students
  • Online editing services for university, college, & high school students
  • Composed all written content for company website: www.Academic-Tutoring.com

2006-2010                           

University Teaching Assistant (English)     University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

  • Duties included preparing lesson plans, giving class lectures, grading papers and exams, and mentoring students on a number of different academic levels (i.e. helping with the formulation of theses and essay outlines, as well as providing feedback on papers, seminars, and exams)

2005-2006                           

University Teaching Assistant (English)    Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

  • Duties included grading papers and exams, and mentoring students on a number of different academic levels (i.e. helping with the formulation of theses and essay outlines, as well as providing feedback on papers, seminars, and exams)

COMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATIONS


2015-2017    Member – International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Ottawa

  • Acquiring increased understanding of communications principles and their application through various sponsored seminars, workshops and group discussions

COMPUTER PROGRAM PROFICIENCY


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, Word Perfect


SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERIENCE


Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn


DATABASE KNOWLEDGE


NationBuilder, Salesforce, Maximizer, and CIMS


LANGUAGES


English                                     Advanced spoken, reading and written skills (mother tongue)

Spanish                                   Intermediate spoken, reading and written skills

French                                     Basic-intermediate spoken, reading and written skills