In every aspect of the communications sector, you need to have a passion for telling stories well. Moreover, having overlapping competencies is an asset when working with complex multi-sectoral teams.
Carina is an experienced communications, public relations and employment specialist in the nonprofit and for profit sectors. She has been honing her storytelling and coordination chops and benefiting organizations, individual job seekers, and educational institutions for nearly two decades with empathy, a sense of adventure, curiosity, mad research skills, precision and, the ability to create newness combined with an understanding of user experience.
COMMUNICATIONS & COORDINATION PROFILE
With her varied professional background as a graphic designer (brand identity development), copywriter, editorial board member, managing editor of a literary journal (The Black Bear Review at Selkirk College), facilitator, coordinator, service navigator (Nelson at its Best, Touchstones Museum's inaugural Ark Project), employment counselor (KCDS, Make a Change Canada), board member (KCDS, Nelson and District Arts Council/NDAC under Pat Henman’s leadership), media analyst (AC Nielsen Market Research), and acquisitions assistant for film rights (Films 2000 – Eastern European Art films and Ouimetoscope Repertory Theater), Carina continues to bring a breadth of experiences to her grant writing, co-creative adventures, professional pursuits, and hunts for storytelling gold.
A bilingual word tinkerer (English/French), Carina was born in Montreal, has a BA (Hons) from McGill University, and has been the managing editor of a college literary journal: the Black Bear Review. Her non-fiction pieces "The Xerophyte" and "Small Pedestals" were published in Black Bear, and short editorials in The Nelson Star. She's received two Selkirk College UAS Awards of Excellence, is a recipient of the Columbia Basin Creative Spark Grant for BC Artists in Schools, is nominated for the Richard Carver Award for emerging writers, and has been chipping away at an Artist Residency in Motherhood since 2017. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and microcasts. Her chapbook Sound Dance continues to lurk in second hand bookstores.
Of late, she enjoys playing with intermodal translations (e.g., converting an essay into a script and its companion microcast, converting chapbook excerpts into spoken word, and expanding short collections of essays into microcasts, old school ateliers or, these days, the lovable bane of online ed: the zoomshop.