Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Loyalist PR attends fall networking sessions

A BIG thanks to all the local PR and communications professionals who took part in this week's "Out of Classroom Experience" with our Loyalist PR students.
Thanks to the dedicated time and talent of the following individuals and organizations, we were able to spend a fulfilling morning of networking and learning about public relations in various micro-sessions around the Quinte area:

Destination Branding Micro-Session:

1    - Sarah Tummon, Assistant to the Mayor, City Hall 
-     - Karen Parker, Executive Director - Belleville Downtown Improvement Area (DBIA)  
-     - Lucas Wales, General Manager - Land O Lakes Tourist Association  
-     - Colleen Vickers, Special Events Coordinator – City of Quinte West
      - Kasey Pollard, Destination Development Coordinator – Hastings County
-     - Dug Stevenson, Director – Bay of Quinte Tourism
       - Mary Anne Walmsley, Projects Coordinator Build Belleville

Health Care Micro-Session:

1    - Jennifer Barrett, Director of Development – Belleville General Hospital Foundation  
-     - Rachel Pearsall, PR & Fund Development Director – Hospice Quinte
       - Hannah Brown, Fund Development Coordinator – The Alzheimer Society 
      - Matthew Del Grosso, Fundraising Coordinator – Canadian Cancer Society, Belleville Chapter
      - Sara Hamil, Social Media Manager – Quinte Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine  

Environmental Micro-Session: 

 Jennifer May-Anderson, Communications Manager - Quinte Conservation  
      - Jeff Lauritsen, Owner & Communications Consultant – Ripple Communications
      - Sarah Midlane Jones, Communications Coordinator - Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan
-     - Becky MacWhirter, Sustainability Coordinator - Loyalist College 

Non-Profit Micro-Session:

- Bonnie Perrigard, Communications Coordinator - Highand Shores Children’s Aid 
Sylvia Draaistra, Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator – Habitat for Humanity
- Kirsten Geisler, Director’s Assistant – Gleaners Food Bank
- Marilyn Lawrie, Executive Director – Quinte School of Ballet   

Education Micro-Session: 

- Melanie Barrett, Advancement Office Coordinator – Albert College 
-    - Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer – Prince Edward Hastings School Board
-    - Kerry Lorimer, Marketing & Communications Director – Loyalist Colleg
-    - Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director – Prince Edward Hastings School Board Learning Foundation 

Students enjoyed the experience (as well as the opportunity to meet many Loyalist PR alumni), and the ensuing in-class discussion as we all shared our insights from this informative morning.

Thanks again to ALL our participants!

Photo credit: Ben Quaiff, Marketing & Communications Department, Loyalist College 

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