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With a profound appreciation and fascination for travel, urban landscapes, culture, technology and entrepreneurship, I enjoy exploring and sharing ideas here. These experiences often provoke creativity and reflection. I hope you are inspired by these observations and explorations. Balance doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s a term I use to refer to hitting the proverbial reset button when life gets extreme. I welcome your feedback, please find me under “Contact Me.”

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Theressa M.

About Me

A Communications Professional by trade, I have recently had the opportunity to explore others ventures in my career development. A life-long learner, fixer, trusted advisor and idea-generator, I have had the privilege of contributing my strengths to education, conservation, hospitality and professional service industries in private, public and non-profit sectors.

A Word or Two About Service

Only recently, while blogging about women’s issues and volunteerism, did it even dawn on me that I’ve been taking the action of service for fifteen years (find my volunteer timeline below). But, it doesn’t feel like volunteering when you enjoy what it is you’re doing.
Believe in the cause and make the difference that you are meant to make in the world. Every bit counts. And as one wise entrepreneur once pointed out, “ volunteerism should be something you enjoy.” You’ll often find that it benefits the cause and the volunteer.

Timeline of a Serial Volunteer

1989 – Elementary School Crossing Guard. Keeping students safe before and after school hours, by monitoring and controlling traffic.

1994 – Secondary School Publicity Club – produced and distributed posters promoting school events.

 1995 – Secondary School Annual Committee – advised, produced and edited layouts for the school’s yearbook.

 1996 – 1997 – SFCL Marketing & Sponsorship Committee Director – a social group started at Simon Fraser University to engage the growing Asian student population with student life. Along with the committee, we helped produce one of the first and largest student run social events held at Library Square, a holiday party.

1996 to 1998 – AM 1470 Fairchild Radio Event Promotions Volunteer – assisted fundraising events for local charities, from the Canadian Cancer Fund to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 2009 – American International Women’s Club (AIWC) Section Editor (Education and Transportation) – researched and edited the Living in Lausanne guide geared towards the expatriate audience, particularly women, helping newcomers acclimatize and adapt to Swiss life.

 2011 – 2013 IABC/BC Mentorship Committee | Jr. Mentorship Program Manager | Jr. & Speed Mentor – piloted and integrated a new category of emerging communicators into the mentorship program. Responsibilities included recruitment, matching, process management, events support, supervision and evaluation. I mentored Jr. mentees in the 8 month program and on a one time basis as a speed mentor.

 2013 – Founders Collective Events Volunteer Team (women in start-ups conference) – supported event day operations.

 2013 – United Way Committee (SFU Surrey Campus) Fundraising Campaign – researched event ideas, supported sub-events and created social media content

2014 – Online Volunteer | Research, United Nations Volunteers, Women Economic Empowerment Project, Goodness and Mercy Missions Cameroon, 2014 – researched and produced pre-proposal report to further develop the Woman Economic Empowerment Project for GMM, a non-profit organization helping communities out of poverty in Cameroon.

2014 – International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) BC Chapter Board Member | Vice-President | Student Services – develop and implement the 2014/2015 strategic plan to provide membership value to tomorrow’s communicators through engaging events, meaningful volunteer experiences and educational partnerships.

2015 – Change Catalyst | Program Producer (remote and on-site) – develop program structure, support operations and events, curate curriculum content, contribute to branding and content efforts for a start-up accelerator and online investment community for women.