I am a marketing and event management professional. I am a speaker, writer, and performer. I am a mental health advocate and I pride myself on being approachable and real.
I thrive on collaboration, delivering consistent brand messaging, creating and executing checklists that lead to successful projects and events, and being true to myself. I consider my strengths to be empathy, honesty and creativity.
I am a connector of people. I inspire and challenge others to rise to the occasion and I work tirelessly – no matter what the task at hand – to make my community a more cohesive place. Using effective brainstorming and facilitation skills, I am able to creatively generate new ideas, approach challenges and produce positive results.
Check out my LinkedIn profile for my background.
Photo credit: Stephanie MacArthur Photography
Marketing + Events.
Events are my thing. I love to take an event concept from start to finish and tackle everything in between. From the initial brainstorming phase – to finding creative promotional opportunities through marketing and social media strategies – to on-the-ground execution – I always come back to events because they are my passion.
L-R: Local Love Truro (Credit: Murdo Messer) + CMHA's Women & Wellness + Women's Social Network + Grown Up Prom (Credits: Portraits by Johanna)
Writer + Performer.
• My BLOG.
• My theatre company, Decoy Theatre, that I run with my pal Jennifer Johnson.
• My play, Ain't it Funny, at the Truro One Act Play Festival at the Marigold Cultural Centre in 2016.
• Writing samples from 'Living Your Bliss', my monthly article that ran in Hub Now from 2013-2017:
– Patting Yourself on the Back
– Being Blessed with Opportunity
– Taking it Outside
– Giving Kindness
– Revisiting Old Passions
Sacha Brake + Samantha Madore in Daniel MacIvor's Marion Bridge.
Photo: Portraits by Johanna
Speaker + Mental Health Advocate.
I am very open about my struggles with mental illness. I suffer from depression and anxiety. For the longest time, I wouldn't admit this. I would, instead, spend time inside my house and inside my head, focusing on my own personal 'weakness' that kept me from getting off the couch and living my potential. After reaching a place in my life where I could finally acknowledge that what I had was real - a real illness, not a real weakness - I decided to speak up.
In the process of coming to terms with the 'realness' of my mental illness, I started getting involved with events like Women & Wellness with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and sharing my story.
(Sometimes I forget this, but) I am enough. And so are you... 🖤
Preparing to speak at CMHA's Women & Wellness in January, 2016.
Photo credit: Portraits by Johanna