Having worked as a manager of communications for three local governments, I understand the complexity of communications needs and challenges that are unique to governments.

This experience includes working as a reporter, as well as collaborating with numerous government agencies as a communications manager and consultant.

I understand (and have experienced) the pressures facing government staff in communicating to the public and stakeholders clearly and effectively. Often negative public or internal feedback comes from poorly drafted communications materials or strategies. Through my work and drawing upon the user experience, I can help get your message across while minimizing the risk of having it not understood or misinterpreted.

Working with government agencies and departments, I offer a fresh perspective, drawing upon my government, community engagement and journalism experience.

This experience includes:

  • Communications manager for two large municipalities in Ontario and British Columbia
  • Strategic planning manager for a regional district in British Columbia
  • Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor for a large corporation
  • Communications lead on a number of government and inter-government announcements and projects (including the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics)
  • Public information officer for three local governments. This includes being the emergency communications lead for a municipal government leading up to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (Exercise Gold, emergency exercises, Tier One member of a multi-government public affairs committee)
  • Indigenous engagement – supporting First Nations in crisis communications, government relations, community engagement and communicating with members
  • Writing complex as well as localized strategic plans, communications strategies, reports, technical writing and editing as well as other communications materials
  • Providing strategic advice on project management, working with multiple stakeholders and conflict resolution
  • Corporate trainer on media relations, presentation skills, interview skills and other communications topics

I am also a strong believer in continuous development, having completed the following training:

  • IAP2 Foundations for Public Participation
  • ICS Levels 100, 200, 300, 400
  • ICS Public Information Officer and Liaison Officer
  • Insights Personality Trainer
  • Multiple EOC courses in Ontario and British Columbia

I am able to begin working immediately on federal government projects.

Cynthia Lockrey

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