Sep 2015 – Present
Knowledge Mobilization / Research Associate
Department of Geography, University of Winnipeg
- Knowledge Mobilization involves facilitating collaboration between universities and communities through the co-creation and dissemination of research. I work with faculty in the Departments of Geography and Urban Studies to package, design and communicate research outcomes for stakeholders
- Leading production on a short documentary film about the community-led revitalization of an inner-city neighbourhood and public housing development in Winnipeg. The documentary film-making process is an exercise in participatory action research.
- Developing a knowledge mobilization strategy for OceanCanada, a nationally funded, multi-institutional research partnership focused on the health of Canada’s oceans and coastal communities. This includes dissemination of research findings for government and stakeholders, as well as supporting internal communication, collaboration, and integration of research across disciplines.
- Designed the programme agenda for a five-day conference in Vancouver focused synthesizing research insights from across the partnership and developing holistic scenarios for the future of Canada’s oceans.
Dec 2013 – Jun 2015
Communications and Special Projects Coordinator
Manitoba Arts Council
- Working in collaboration with staff, I improve and optimize existing communications processes and plans by introducing new ways of working, making recommendations about new technology, and developing strategies and plans for special projects.
- Current special projects: developing a social media strategy; overseeing the re-skin of our current website and development of new features such as a blog; Redesigning email newsletters.
- Other communications projects include promoting grant programs, organizing public events such as award ceremonies, developing marketing plans to announce new residency programs, and managing day-to-day marketing such as email newsletters and social media.
2011, 2013, 2014
Jane’s Walk Winnipeg
- Over three years I helped Jane’s Walk grow to be a recognized and celebrated annual event in Winnipeg with upwards of 20-25 walks offered each year and many hundreds of participants.
- Responsibilities involve managing project timelines; organizing volunteers; recruiting new walk leaders; identifying sponsorship opportunities; designing promotional materials for print and web; facilitating training sessions for new walk leaders; fielding media inquiries.
Jan 2013 – Dec 2013
Program Coordinator, 2014 Year of Urban Ideas
Urban Idea Centre, Winnipeg Arts Council
- Following my work as a consultant with the Winnipeg Arts Council, I was retained and transitioned into the role of Program Coordinator for the “2014 Year of Urban Ideas” project. In collaboration with WAC staff and community partners I developed a schedule of programs exploring how the arts, design and creative practices can be catalysts for innovative approaches to city building.
- The program plan included a Creative Placemaking symposium and pop-up design competition situated in the alleys of the Exchange district and a camp for youth called City Builders exploring urban planning and sustainability issues.
- Responsibilities involved developing a project charter and work plan; assembling an advisory committee; identifying community partnerships; generating program ideas and proposals; ensuring that program directions aligned with WAC’s and Urban Idea’s strategic priorities.
Sep 2012 – Jan 2013
Consultant, Urban Idea “White Paper”
Winnipeg Arts Council
- Working as a consultant with the Winnipeg Arts Council, I prepared a white paper outlining opportunities and directions for the future of the Urban Idea Centre in Winnipeg. The Urban Idea Centre was a public forum and think-tank exploring urban issues in Winnipeg during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
- Over the course of three months I consulted with dozens of Winnipeggers, including former Urban Idea board members, respected colleagues in the fields of art, architecture, design, and community development; reviewed archival materials about Urban Idea; considered the historic, organisational, cultural and policy context framing the discussion about the future of Urban Idea; and finally extracted insights and synthesized lessons into a framework and recommendations that the Winnipeg Arts Council and others can use to unlock hidden opportunity, promote citizen engagement in city building, and spark urban innovation in the years ahead.
Read the Urban Idea White Paper
May 2011 – Aug 2011
Research Associate, Institute for Urban Studies
University of Winnipeg
- Participated in a major research project with Peguis First Nation to develop a Land Acquisition and Development Strategy in fulfilment of their Treaty-Land-Entitlement Settlement.
- Research tasks involved investigating the history of colonization and re-settlement of Peguis First Nation’s traditional lands and the history of treaty relations between First Nations and the Canadian government; reviewing precedents of social and economic development strategies undertaken by indigenous groups from across Canada and around the world; exploring the history, legality and viability of establishing reserves in urban areas in Canada.
Dec 2010 – Aug 2011
Project Coordinator, Canadian Nonprofit Innovators Network
Canadian Nonprofit Innovators Network + Manitoba Federation of Nonprofit Organizations
- In 2010 the Canadian Nonprofit Innovators Network set out to identify creative innovations transforming the not-for-profit sector in Canada. I facilitated a conversation about Manitoba’s non-profit sector through the creation of a blog publishing stories about local social innovations, interviews, and insightful analysis on topical issues. http://bit.ly/mbsocialinnovation
- Responsibilities involved developing a comprehensive project plan and assembling an advisory committee; networking to identify story themes, individuals and organizations to profile on the blog; hiring writers and assigning writers to cover stories and conduct interviews; editorial duties associated with maintaing an online publication.
Sep 2010 – Apr 2011
Mentorship, Youth in the Arts
Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba
Undertook a mentorship with Tricia Wasney, director of Public Art Programming at the Winnipeg Arts Council. Through volunteer work placement, career shadowing, professional development sessions, and regular meetings and conversations, I engaged my mentor in an exploration of the role of public art in community development.
Sep – Oct 2010
Curatorial Assistant, Showing Up, Speaking Out
Project and exhibition curated by Milena Placentile, hosted at aceartinc.
Showing Up, Speaking Out was a month-long creative project that invited Canadian and international artists to partner with community-based organizations in Winnipeg and propose creative public art interventions that addressed social and political themes.
Summary of Responsibilities
As an assistant to curator Milena Placentile, I helped out with day-to-day tasks associated with maintaining upkeep of the gallery/project space and contributed as a facilitator at weekly collaborative-art-making sessions.
In the final week of the project, I oversaw a special social-activism art project with participants of a queer youth support group at Winnipeg’s local Rainbow Resource Centre. I engaged young people in a discussion about what social activism is and how art can be used as tool to draw attention to issues, and guided the young people through the creative process in order to execute a public art intervention.
Mar – Aug 2010
Communications Coordinator, Yukon Arts Centre Gallery
Yukon Arts Centre
Collaborated with the marketing and technical directors to create original multimedia content related to current and upcoming exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, including podcasts, “inhouse” audio tours of exhibitions, a video recording of an artist demonstration, and blog posts.
Summary of Responsibilities
As Social Media Coordinator I advised Yukon Arts Centre administration on best practices related to social media tools and techniques and employed social media as a tool for public outreach.
- Planned, developed and launched a new website for the Arts Centre using the WordPress content management system to allow content to be updated without the need for technical know-how.
- Oversaw a special project to digitize and make available online the Yukon Art Centre Public Gallery’s permanent collection.
- Maintained the day to day operations of a public gallery including opening and closing, interacting with gallery visitors, office administration tasks such proposal writing and reviewing applications, answering calls, responding to emails and directing messages.
- Cooperated with the Gallery Assistant to oversee exhibition logistics such as deliveries, intake documentation, packing and shipping. Assisted the gallery preparator with exhibition installations and strikes.
Jun 2009 – Aug 2010
Events Planner & Project Assistant
Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE)
BYTE is a youth social justice organization serving young people in Canada’s Yukon Territory. I Collaborated with the BYTE Outreach Coordinator to promote and organize opportunities for Yukon youth to take advantage of local resources and worked as a facilitator delivering leadership and educational workshops for youth in remote northern communities.
Summary of Responsibilities
- Developed 4 workshops for youth geared to enhancing communication, decision making, team-building, and leadership skills.
- Trained youth facilitators to lead workshops using experiential learning methods.
- Used my voice in the community to advocate for youth and social justice issues.
- Traveled to remote Yukon communities with a team of trained youth facilitators to deliver workshops and creative programming and resources for rural youth.
- Oversaw planning and execution for a number of Whitehorse public events, including: The Canada Day skateboarding competition, the “Hug the Legislature” day of action for climate change rally, and the annual Battle of the Bands.
- Facilitator, Community Mural Project with residents of Regent Park, in partnership with Public Displays of Affection (2012)
- Committee member, Public Art Committee, Winnipeg Arts Council (2012)
- Mentorship with Tricia Wasney, Public Art program manager at the Winnipeg Arts Council,
ACI Manitoba Youth in the Arts (2011)
- Volunteer, Atmosphere: Mediated Cities Symposium, Faculty of Architecture (2011)
- Volunteer, My City’s Still Breathing: Art, Artists and the City conference (2010)
- Curatorial Assistant, Showing Up, Speaking Out, presented at aceartinc. (2010)
- BYTE Community Outreach Program, youth facilitator (2009-2010)
- Weekly tutor in social media for a producer at the CBC, Whitehorse (2010)
- Planning committee member, Poverty and Homelessness Action Week (2009)
- Delegate, Global Youth Assembly, Edmonton (2009)
- Board member, Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Yukon (2009)
- Tutorial Leader, Discovery University: free community-based liberal arts courses for low income and marginalized adult learners (2008)
- Community Based Research volunteer, Social Planning Council of Ottawa (2008)
- Volunteer, GayZone Sexual Health Centre (2008)