Rising Stars - 2009
Communications Co-ordinator, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Jeff began his career in Memorial’s Division of Marketing and Communications in June 2005 as a communications co-ordinator.
A graduate of Memorial’s Faculty of Arts and the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Nova Scotia, Jeff worked as a reporter and writer for national and regional publications as well as public and private radio throughout Atlantic Canada before returning to Memorial.
As editor of The Communicator, Memorial’s employee and retiree newsletter, he breathed new life into the two-decades-old publication by shifting its focus toward the people that make Memorial thrive. Jeff engages and recognizes readers through the newsletter’s re-design and as a result, was the recipient of a Pinnacle Award from the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC), Newfoundland and Labrador chapter.
Jeff plays a key role in a wide range of internal and external communications activities at Memorial. He is a regular contributor to the Gazette, Memorial’s newspaper, as well as today.mun.ca, its news website. He is the founding co-host of Studio 1024, Memorial’s weekly podcast which was launched in the fall of 2006. Since then, more than 70 episodes have been produced.
Always ready for a challenge, Jeff has most recently taken on a new position at Memorial as communications co-ordinator with the Office of the Vice-President (Research) where he is further developing his media relations, publications design and communications skills.
Manager, Alumni Relations, Brock University
After a spontaneous meeting at the then External Relations Office in his first year of university, Terry knew he would one day work in alumni relations.
After graduating in 1997 with a bachelor of arts in business communications, Terry set forth to find fame and fortune as an audience warm-up guy and floor director at several television networks, followed by a successful stint as the senior sales representative for a Niagara winery. Eventually Terry returned to Brock and joined the Advancement team, taking on responsibility for the new alumni online community as well as the role of executive director for the Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA).
Terry set to work enhancing the website for alumni relations, adding many new features and increasing alumni participation. Engaging and mobilizing the Alumni Association has been a significant accomplishment for Terry during his tenure as executive director. The BUAA Board has many new members who have been motivated and empowered by Terry’s leadership. Terry demonstrated his marketing and engagement skills when the BUAA celebrated its 30th anniversary by paying tribute to 30 of its distinguished alumni. Senior administrators at Brock who attended the anniversary celebration gala proclaimed the event one of Brock’s most effective engagement and recognition efforts to date. Many of the award winners continue to be involved with Brock through their participation and philanthropy. Next on Terry’s to-do list is revitalizing Brock’s homecoming celebration and reunion activities.
Terry’s passion for alumni relations has drifted into CCAE through his involvement with several CCAE conferences including the CCAE-Ontario Fall Workshop and most recently as volunteer chair for this year’s CCAE national conference.