Resume

AUDRA WILLIAMS
email: audra.williams@gmail.com | phone: 647.465.9355 |
twitter:
@audrawilliams | facebook: the.real.audra.williams |  blog: audrawilliams.me


PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

For my entire professional life, I have been creating content that demystifies complex issues in order to provide an entry point for civic participation. This is what unites my work as an ASL interpreter, a speechwriter, and a digital strategist. I have learned that the best way to draw people in is with mixture of the familiar and the surprising, and I try to remember that Mark Twain said “If I had more time, I would have written less.”

Some of my professional highlights include: creating an atmosphere of geniality and respect on the rabble.ca message board, leading Oxfam’s digital team at the G20 summit, and working a knitting joke into one of Jack Layton’s speeches during the 2008 federal election.

Taking on big jobs and big adventures has seen me move across the country three times on a moment’s notice, and I tackle each new project with optimism, ingenuity, and grace under pressure.

My heroes include Muriel Duckworth, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Rosemary Brown, and Khaela Maricich. I am devoted to my Christie Pits neighbourhood, and have invented complex internal lives for my three cats.

RELEVANT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Social Media

  • Envisioned and created rabble.ca, building it into the busiest political message board in the country
  • Ran official NDP twitter account, drafting conversational tweets and @-replies
  • Grew the Because I am a Girl Facebook community to over 100,000 members

Community outreach and animation

  • Recruited, trained, and directed a 250-member online street team for Oxfam’s GROW initiative
  • Established an online voice for Romeo Saganash’s NDP leadership campaign
  • Co-created and co-presented a two-day session for the CAW on engaging members online

Communications planning and measurement

  • Prepared quarterly Key Progress Indicator reports for Because I am a Girl’s digital channels
  • Created a social media strategy and developed content for the Rethink Childcare campaign
  • Circulated breaking news, and tracked/evaluated earned media in the Office of the NDP Leader

Research and writing

  • Researched Canadian history for Lawrence Hill’s non fiction book Black Berry, Sweet Juice
  • Wrote speeches for Jack Layton during the 2008 Federal Election
  • Wrote, designed, and letterpressed a chapbook called Fiction has Rules, at Gaspereau Press

Media relations

  • Prepared daily reports on media coverage and recommended responses for CUPE National President
  • Organized a press conference for Do The Math, a report on the true cost of P3 schools
  • Wrote/placed an op-ed in the National Post on behalf of Paul Moist on the value of public services

Project Management

  • Led Oxfam’s Digital Team during the G8-G20, managing content creation, translation, and distribution
  • Was responsible for the design, production, printing, and distribution of all CUPE Alberta materials
  • Oversaw the redesign of Oxfam.ca, moving the site to WordPress, and rewriting much of the content


PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Writer, strategist,chatterbox – Townhall Communications (June 2013 – Present)
Digital Specialist – Because I am a Girl (July 2011 – May 2013)
Director of Online Engagement – Romeo Saganash’s leadership campaign (2012)
eCommunications Officer – Oxfam Canada (March 2010 – July 2011)
Media Analyst – Office of the Leader, Canada’s New Democrats (November 2009 – March 2010)
Communications and Legislative Assistant – Niki Ashton, MP (December 2009 – November 2009)
Speechwriter – Jack Layton (Federal Election – 2008)
Communications Officer: Canadian Union of Public Employees (Jan 2007 – July 2008)
Owner/Operator – Lefty Lucy Communications (2003 – 2007)
Community Manager – rabble.ca (2001 – 2006)
American Sign Language interpreter – Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (1997 – 2001)


EDUCATION

Advanced diploma in Public Relations – Nova Scotia Community College Halifax, NS (2003)
Applied Communication Arts – Nova Scotia Community College Middleton, NS (2002)
Deaf Language and Culture Interpreter Program – St. Clair College Windsor, ON (1997)

REFERENCES AND WRITING SAMPLES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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