I am the best candidate for Communications Coordinator because, in one way or another, the pursuit of knowledge has informed, enriched and engulfed every facet of my rich and rewarding life and because I believe I can put that knowledge to work for ASEC in the midst of challenging times for education in Alberta.
My writing, communications and marketing experience is extensive. After completing my Education degree at the U of A (with a major in art) and serving as a writer/production editor for the Students’ Union, Gateway, I joined The University of Calgary as a Communications Officer II. In this position, I worked with university administrators to develop and implement strategic communications plans for students, staff, faculty and the public. As co-editor of the bi-weekly, Gazette, I wrote news and feature articles and supplied photography, illustration and design skills. I also studied art, communications and, with Grant MacEwan, western history.
Leaving the U of C, I served as: Journalism Instructor at Grant MacEwan; Western Editor for Canadian Forest Industries Magazine; contributing writer for Nanaimo’s Business Examiner and Daily Free Press and Supply Teacher for Woodland’s School. As owner/operator of a Val-Pak direct-mail advertising franchise in Nanaimo, I called on small to medium size business owners to convince them of the importance of advertising. I can reach out on behalf of ASEC, as well. As Marketing Manager for T-MAR Industries in Campbell River, my duties included conducting customer surveys; producing advertising copy and brochures, and launching the company’s newsletter. More experience I can put to work for ASEC.
A downturn in the forest industry led to 10 years overseas teaching in Libya, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the UAE and Japan. In that time, I taught many different curricula and developed lesson materials using language carefully chosen for ESL students that ranged in age from grade-three to adult. Here is my application for the role of Traveling Ambassador with Air Transat shot in Dubai while I was teaching in the UAE.
Returning to Canada in 2012, I finished the first semester in the online Hearing Aid Practitioner Program at MacEwan, making me one of only a few people who have worked at MacEwan, studied at MacEwan and been taught by Grant MacEwan. Locating to Prince George, BC, to pursue my interest in art, I launched my WordPress website to highlight my creative abilities in writing, photography, art, music and video production. During this period, I completed a number of pieces and a major commissioned work, The Spirit of Prince George, 2015. I am proficient in MS Office, Illustrator, Photoshop and Movie Studio.
I believe my experience in communications, marketing and education, from so many different perspectives, makes me an ideal candidate for this position, but above all, I believe it is my creative ability that makes me the best candidate for the role. In addition to thinking outside the box, I think outside the circle, too, and I invite you to view the webpage I have created of this cover letter to more fully appreciate my many capabilities.