Communications Specialist – Cybera

Please consider me in your search for a Communications Specialist.

You’re looking for someone with exceptional written and verbal communications skills. I have many years of experience writing for many different organizations.

As a Communications Officer for The University of Calgary, I worked with university administrators to develop and implement strategic communications plans to reach out to students, staff, faculty and the public. As co-editor of the bi-weekly, Gazette, I researched and wrote copy covering virtually all Faculties and worked hard to present technical concepts in an engaging way.

My article, New ways to slice the mapping pie, and its accompanying commissioned illustration is an example I also profiled new staff members, like Beatrice Medicine, and supplied photography, illustration and design skills.

Five years later, I accepted a position as a Journalism Instructor at Grant MacEwan, teaching newswriting, photography, graphic design and mass media. Moving to Vancouver, I served as Western Editor for Canadian Forest Industries Magazine, providing copy on all aspects of the business, including harvesting, safety and milling.

Settling in Nanaimo, I freelanced as a weekly reporter writing business-related articles for The Nanaimo Business Examiner and worked as a reporter for the Nanaimo Free Press. My Nanaimo experience also included operating my own direct-mail advertising franchise, where I helped small and medium sized businesses implement and analyze marketing campaigns. As Marketing Manager for forest equipment manufacturer T-MAR Industries in Campbell River, my duties included conducting customer surveys; producing advertising copy, brochures and videos; and launching the company’s newsletter, The T-MAR Times.

I believe I’m the person you’re looking for who can develop relationships and has an ability to work well with others, especially in an educational setting.

In 2002, I began 10 years teaching in Libya, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the UAE and Japan. In that time, I developed lesson materials using language carefully chosen for ESL students that ranged in age from grade-three to adult and referenced the Irish Leaving Certificate, IGCSE, International Baccalaureate and other teaching curricula. Highlights of this period include the co-authoring of a series of mathematics workbooks for vocational students and a number of video productions: a student-illustrated video of my children’s story, The Apple of Albert’s Eye, in Saudi Arabia; a  short film, God is Love, made with my Emirati students in Al Ain, UAE; a documentary, Truck Logging in Africa, in Cameroon; the video introduction to a high school production of The Rocky Monster Show, in Jeddah and my video application for the position of Traveling Ambassador for Air Transat, in Dubai, the latter highlighting my verbal communications skills and fully evidencing the “required” sense of humour.

Returning to Canada in 2012, I relocated to Prince George, BC and launched my I launched my WordPress website to highlight my creative abilities in writing, photography, art, music and video production. I use my website, blog and twitter account to promote my work and ideas. I have a working knowledge of MS Office (including PowerPoint), Illustrator, Photoshop, WordPress and Movie Studio.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application and I hope this letter leads you to decide to meet with me to discuss the contribution I could make to Cybera in the position of Communications Specialist.