In one sentence, explain what you do at On Q Communications.
My role at On Q Communications is all about providing exceptional service to our diverse roster of clients while supporting our dynamic and talented team of PR and social media ninjas.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
I don’t believe there is such a thing as a typical day in public relations. On any given day, I could be running team meetings, participating in brainstorm sessions, engaging with clients, or getting to know the team over a pint of ice cream (True story! I hosted an “Ice Cream Social” on my first day at On Q).
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
I’ll have a shot of whatever Wonder Woman is having please! Flawless, fierce and always fashionable, she’s been my favourite superhero since I was a kid (a time when there were such few female role models for young girls).
What do you do when you’re not working?
My spare time is spent with a four year old (my awesome son) and forty year old (my amazing partner). They have a lot in common 🙂 And they teach me a great deal about how lucky I am.
Finish this sentence. I can’t start my day without _____________.
A cup of earl grey tea (one stevia) and a morning hug from my favourite four year old.
What are you looking forward to most at On Q?
I spent over a decade as a journalist, anchor and host in Canada’s top newsrooms including CTV and Citytv. The valuable experience I gained working in media helped me make a smooth transition into the world of PR. I’ve been with On Q Communications for a short time but I can, without a doubt, say I look forward to working with this talented team of professionals. Every member was hired on for her/his ability to tell unique and compelling stories and the synergy among the team is infectious. Hoping to fit right in!
What’s your favourite spot in Toronto? Why?
The Art Gallery of Ontario. There is something peaceful and inspiring about walking through the quiet halls of a gallery. There aren’t too many quiet spots in a bustling metropolis like Toronto. The exhibits at the AGO remind me of how powerful art can be in connecting us all. I worked at the gallery when the world renowned London-based Courtauld Collection was on loan for a summer in the late 90’s; an experience that helped me develop an appreciation for fine art.
What’s one thing that makes you a unique, dynamic team member?
My years in television news taught me how to write conversationally. With social and digital media adding a dynamic layer to the world of PR, the ability to be conversational is now key to successful storytelling and I’m excited to offer this skill to our clients when telling their stories.
What are three words your co-workers would use to describe you?
Creative, positive and compassionate
What advice do you have for young PR or communications professionals looking to break out in their field?
Network, network, network! It’s truly the best way to learn, be noticed and land great gigs. Remember, we were all once novices starting out in a business. Someone noticed my talent years ago. Someone is out there waiting to notice yours but you have to keep seeking that person out. The opportunity will follow. Good luck! Feel free to reach out to me on Linkedin if I can help.