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ELIZABETH S. COMMUNICATION
College Circle Tel.:
Ottawa, Ontario KK S Fax:
International consultant specialized
in communications planning; writing, editing and research; publicity
and media relations; event and workshop organization; rapporteur services;
Leadership and facilitation
skills gained through work, volunteer and academic experience;
Proven abilities in working
with diverse topics, including subjects within technical, scientific,
business or social sectors, and writing or editing material in language
appropriate for the audience – whether for corporate clients or the
general public through the vehicles of the internet, or communication
products such as newsletters, media releases or brochures
Strong “networker”; excellent
people interaction; good teambuilding and participatory skills;
Accustomed to deadlines and
stress; have a cheerful nature;
Fluent in French with PSCevaluated
levels as follows: WritingC; Reading Exemption; Oral Proficiency
C. i.e. C/E/C
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Writing and Editing
Communications Manager, Association
of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Partnership Programs, Mar.
– Mar .
Team, Communications Branch, CIDA,
and editing a wide range of publications, including newspaper and magazine
articles, promotional and educational material, video scripts, newsletters,
conference proceedings, research findings, case studies, project proposals,
directories and guidebooks. Also communication plans, speeches, scenarios,
and press releases. Have written material for CIDA’s website, including
a series of “Success Stories” for Africa Branch, “hot topics”
for the Youth Zone and material for Multilateral Branch’s UN section.
material – have written material ranging in scope from
corporate program descriptions through to magazinetype articles. Recently
completed series Stories from the Field on CIDA’s tsunamirelated
assistance in Indonesia January experience in
restructuring the content on a wide variety of websites, both governmental
– including research; writing; editing; interviewing experts for article
content; liaison with graphics specialists, translators and layout;
including on topics ranging from agroforestry, environmental management,
agricultural innovation, international development, health management,
food safety to higher education.
Provided quality control
for all high level documentation e.g. Treasury Board Submissions; Memoranda
to the Minister etc assuring accuracy in grammar, content and readability
for intended audience for CIDA’s West Africa program
OF WRITING & EDITING
Note: Samples of Publications
are Available on Request
For the Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada, edited all content in flagship newsletter,
Uniworld, . See:
For CIDA’s website: web
pages on AHSI the African Health Systems Initiative; copyedited Minister’s
speeches; wrote content for web pages on CIDA’s food security strategy,
and rewrote country strategies i.e. background and descriptions of
CIDA’s development aims in each of the Agency’s countries of focus.
Writing material for the Afghanistan
Task Force website, including four articles for the emagazine, Focus
Afghanistan. Examples include:
Improving Equality between Men and Women in the Afghan police force
and Afghan Women gain Economic Opportunity with a Helping Hand
from Canada and
Close Encounters of an Educational
Kind: Afghan students’ unique connections with two Canadian schools
See all “Stories from
the Field” featured on CIDA’s Indonesia site:
written material on the range of work conducted by Canadian federal
government employees CIDA; DFAIT; CSC; DND based in Kandahar, Afghanistan
for the Afghanistan.gc.ca website. Entailed abbreviating highly detailed
reports on such topics as dam construction, prison reform, education
and polio eradication and making it into “accessible” language
for the website p
Prepared Asia Branch
Results report for CIDA Feb. ; work entailed editing
and rewriting reports from various individuals in countries who
submitted their respective reports progress on projects and programs.
My challenge, successfully executed, was to shorten all reports and
present them in as consistent a style as possible into one page report
for senior management’s attention.
Writing and editing all
ministerial and parliamentary briefings related to developments
political and social in the Middle East region, and briefing notes
for senior management for meeting overseas dignitaries from the Middle
East, May – September ; required extensive liaison with DFAIT,
PCO and other departments, editing and coordinating their respective
Researched and wrote five
issues of The Magazine, a webbased intranet newsletter which
addresses operational issues at CIDA, published every three months July
While based in Harare, Zimbabwe,
, edited and invariable wrote entire content for various newsletters
for CIDA projects, including for an agroforesty project, for an environmental
project and for an industrial energy project. Samples available.
Wrote a Backgrounder, Qs
and As, FAQs, re: the Multilateral Organizations Performance Assessment
Network, for CIDA’s Multilateral Branch, web, June,
The Role of Research at
the Centre for Intercultural Learning, brochure written for
the Canadian Foreign Service Institute February,
All press releases
at CARE Canada March – June,
CIII Initiative, the
newsletter of the Canadian International Immunization Initiative two
Wrote the report drawing on
proceedings of a workshop: The Health Effects of Air Pollution
March Client: Canadian Public Health Association
Proceedings of the CanadaChina
Higher Education Linkage Forum, October, Client: CIDA’s
China Program. Took meeting notes, synthesized them and created a page
Boosting Mineral Exploration
in Botswana and Canada: Canada’s Role, article published in
The Northern Miner, March, and on CIDA’s website.
Recent Client List
Clients have included a wide variety
of nongovernmental organizations, service organizations, daily and
monthly newspapers, federal departments of the Canadian Government,
private companies, international research organizations and multilateral
agencies. Some recent examples include:
CIDA – Afghanistan Task
Force, Communications Branch; Southeast Asia Program; West Africa regional
program; Middle East Program; Ghana Program
The Canadian Nurses Association
The Centre for Intercultural
The International Coalition
for AIDS and Development ICAD
The Canadian International
Immunization Initiative CIII
The Canadian Arctic Resources
UNAIDS – media coverage
CPHA the Canadian Public
CIAT the International Center
for Tropical Agriculture, Cali, Colombia
South Asia Partnership SAP
The World Food Programme
Mines Action Canada
Journalism and Political Science,
BA Hon., Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. .
Problems in African Development,
Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University,
Ottawa, Canada. .
The Successful Newsletter,
Zimbabwe Institute for Public Relations, Harare, Zimbabwe .
CIDA InHouse Courses,
CIDA, Hull, Quebec : Women in Development, Managing
an Evaluation, Logical Framework of Analysis, Analysis of Financial
Communications and Development
Consultant, Ottawa, Canada January present.
Communications and Development
Consultant, Harare, Zimbabwe June November .
Southern Africa Canadian Organization for Development through Education
CODE November June .
Planning Officer, CIDA,
Caribbean Program, April November .
Project Officer, CIDA,
NGO Division, and January April .
Volunteer Teacher, Canadian
Crossroads International, Adzopé Secondary School, Côte d’Ivoire,
Associate Director of Volunteer
Outreach, Canadian Hunger Foundation, Ottawa, Canada June September
Department of Public Works, Technical Systems Secretariat, Ottawa, Canada,
April May .
Office of the Prime Minister, Correspondence Division, Ottawa, Canada
November February .
and United Kingdom
Clearance: Enhanced Reliability
Fully fluent in French, basic comprehension of Spanish.
Computers: Fully proficient
in Word, Word Pro, WordPerfect, Windows. Comfortable doing Internet
research. Some experience in the use of databases.
Community: Board Member,
Bruce House, an Ottawa hospice & supported housing for HIV/AIDS
individuals; member of the fundraising and publicity committee.
Botswana; Burkina Faso; China; Colombia; Côte d’Ivoire; Cuba; Denmark;
Ethiopia; France; Ghana; Grenada; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Mauritius;
Mozambique; Rwanda; Tanzania; Senegal; South Africa; Swaziland; Switzerland;
Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Zambia and Zimbabwe.